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Huanano Falls (Catarata de Huanano)
Huanano Falls (Catarata de Huanano)

Huanano Falls (Catarata de Huanano)

A km del de, Calle 1, Santiago de Surco, Peru

The Basics

The trek to the waterfall begins in San Jeronimo de Surco and takes two to three hours each way. The well-marked trail passes a few stone ruins left by early settlers as well as 22 waterfalls that create a water parade before reaching the main event. If you’re coming for a canyoning adventure, you can rappel down the waterfall from its summit. There are also a number of natural waterslides to enjoy in the adjacent town of Songos.

While you can hike to the falls independently, rappelling requires a tour guide and the proper equipment. These tours typically include breakfast canyoning, a stop in Sangos, and round-trip transportation from Lima hotels. Local operators offer guides, horse riding excursions, and camping gear rentals.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Huanano falls is ideal for outdoor adventure lovers who are in good physical condition to do the hike.

  • Admission is paid in Peru Nuevos Soles. Bring cash in small bills or change.

  • Wear proper hiking shoes and clothing for the hike or horseback ride, and bring swimwear and a towel to enjoy the pools and falls.

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How to Get There

The falls at Huanano are about 47 miles (75 kilometers) from Lima. You can fly to Chachapoyas and take a taxi or drive about 1.5 hours to Caseríos of Cocachimba, where the well-kept jungle trail begins. Alternatively, it’s a 2- to 2.5-hour drive west from Lima along Route 22 to Ruta Palacala in San Jeronimo de Surco; follow signs to parking.

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When to Get There

The falls are at their most impressive during the rainy season, between November and April. That said, any time of year is good for a visit, since the falls feed from the Andes, and the climate is relatively consistent and springlike year-round.

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Interesting Discovery

For centuries, locals have known and revered the falls they call La Chorrera (drainpipe). Yet they were unknown to the rest of the world until German Stefan Ziemendorf stumbled upon them in 2002 while looking for a sarcophagi located on the other side of the Utcubamba Valley. Until tourism came to Huanano, locals kept away due to superstition surrounding the falls.

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