Yumbilla Falls, situated in Cuispes, Perú in Amazonas Region, is the world's fifth tallest waterfall, and became known internationally only in late 2007. In the same valley there are around 22 similar waterfalls.The most important is Yumbilla waterfall 895 meters to high ( almost 3 times as high as the Eiffel Tower) Gocta waterfall 771 meters to high, Chinata waterfall 560 meters to high and Pavillion waterfall 400 meters to high.
Flora and fauna
Yumbilla waterfall is immersed in an incredible and virginal high forest. This forest has wide variety of orchids and bromeliads.Here you´ll find: Andean parrots, Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruviana), spatula tail hummingbird, spectacled bear , Choloepus hoffmanni, yellow-tailed monkey.
Yumbilla waterfall is in the high jungle. The climate is composed by rainy and dry season. The weather is warm and humid around the year, with temperatures mostly between 10 and 25 degrees Celcius. Rain falls in all months, but may be most intense and persistent in the period between September and December.
How to get there
From Chachapoyas it is a 1hr 55min journey by vehicle to the village of Cuispes, this journey needs to be done in a few steps but is fairly simple - still, if you want to make this a day trip be sure to give yourself plenty of time. First you take a collectivo to Pedro Ruiz, there are plenty of direct collectivos running regularly from Chachapoyas (every hour or so - Diplomatica and Ted are two companies - cost is 5 soles per person - costs of June 2016) - journey time is 1hr15 mins. It is not necessary to pay a travel agency to organize this trip.
From Pedro Ruiz you then get a “mototaxi“(tradicional vehicule in this area) to Cuispes (15-20 soles, this price is the same if you are one, two or three people). It's a bit of a hairy ride 25 minutes uphill and the motos are not v powerful so you can feel it struggling up the dirt track to the village. Ask to be taken to the Plaza del Armas. Here you need to find the local tourist association "Yacu Urco" - just tell locals that you want to visit the falls and they will help you.
Here you pay access to enter to Yumbilla waterfall (10 soles per person) and you are offered a guide if you want one but it's not an obligation and the track is simple to follow. You should ask for a key because you can scramble under the barbed wire fence but using a key to open the wooden door is much easier..! From the village it is better to then get another motor taxi to the start of the hike for 10 soles, you can stop along the way to point out other falls you can see from the road. The reason to get a moto taxi to the wooden door is because this part of the walk 5km - is not very interesting and up a dirt car track - walking this would add about 1,5 hrs to the walk. The walk once you get through the wooden door is a total of about 2,5hrs. Lovely walk through the rainforest with views over the vast green valley below. You may be lucky to see an endangered species of monkey along the way. You see 2 falls before you get to Yumbilla, Medio Cerro and Cristal - both stunning also. When you get to Yumbilla you have a fair few options to see different parts of the falls. Easy to see the middle and top parts. You can also take the ropes path down to the base.
From the main plaza also you can visit Pabellón waterfall (400 meters to high) it takes 1-1.5 hours to hike to the base of the fall.
Besides you can visit Chinata waterfall (560 meters to high) it takes 2-2.5 hours to hike to the base of the fall.
From Chachapoyas it is a 1hr 15min journey by vehicle to the village of Cuispes. From Chachapoyas is very easy take a collective to Pedro Ruiz and from there take a mototaxi to Cuispes at 25 minutes. From Cuispes it takes 2-2.5 hours to hike (about 6 km each way) to the base of the tallest fall. Take water and Make sure to wear boots after rainfall. Also, take a bathing suit in case you want to swim in the pool at the base of the falls. You can rent horses from Cuispes for S/. 25 both ways or S/. 20 for just the return from the main fall. .
Visitors needs to register & pay entrance at the office in Cuispes, 5 Soles.