Yumbilla Falls is the name of a waterfall located near the town of Cuispes, in the northern Peruvian region of Amazonas. It is considered the world's fifth tallest waterfall, becoming internationally known since late 2007 due to a geographical survey conducted by the Geographical Institute of Peru (IGN).
The top of the waterfall is located at 2723,6 meters above sea level, while the bottom stands at 1828,1 meters above sea level; being 895,5 meters the total height of the waterfall. The height was measured with the help of laser instruments by a geographical survey of the National Geographic Institute of Peru (IGN) in 2007. This area is part of the Eastern Peruvian Andes, also known as Cordillera Oriental, more precisely, part of a mountain massif called Cerro Panhuayco.
Yumbilla is considered a tiered type waterfall, since it comprises four or five sections or drops. The stream is reported to come from a cave named "Caverna San Francisco".
The reported mean temperature in the area is 22 °C, with a rainy season from December to April.
FloraThe area around the waterfall is covered with montane forest vegetation. Bromeliads, orchids and tree ferns are commonly found in the area.
FaunaAnimals reported in the area include birds like the Andean cock-of-the-rock and the marvellous spatuletail hummingbird; and mammals like the spectacled bear and the yellow-tailed woolly monkey.
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Yumbilla Falls Reviews
It takes some work to get there, but well worth it, in my opinion. It's located further north that Gocta Waterfall, but you get 3 waterfalls in your hike! You have to take a taxi to a place to... more »
It is easy to get to Yumbilla falls, although surprisingly very dew people get here. After taking a moto taxi to Cuispes (about 20 minutes drive), you stop at the official tourist office, pay the... more »
Well worth the hike and the challenge of getting to the entrance. Most would come from Chachapoya - Tuk-tuk or taxi would be able to take you to where you have to register, then have the driver take you to the entrance of the park. Its not worth the hike to the entrance - nothing much to see. There are 3 waterfalls, all coming down from the mountain tops. Not ripe roaring rivers, but the scenic views are quite amazing, in my opinion. I'm 66 and hiked it by myself, and I'd do it again. Darn thing was had my camera settings wrong, and came back with lousy pics - bummer!! They are great falls to take pictures of......
Well worth the time and transport it takes to get here. When you take moto taxi from San Pedro, they will first take you to Cuispes to register for the hike and pay the entrance fee. From Cuispes it is a 5 kilometer hike to the moto taxi parking OR you can pay your moto taxi driver to take you. We hiked it, but regretted it, because there really aren’t any nice views and its uphill the entire way. If you want a long hike, then sure, hike it from Cuispes, but you aren’t missing much of you skip it. The hike itself, from the mototaxi parking is lush and green the entire way, at least when we visited in June.
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