Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu, Tarapoto

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Let the cool, refreshing water of Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu cascade over your head and into the shallow basin below. The waterfall stands 40 m (131 ft) tall, comprised of a single rush of water plunging into the natural swimming pool at its base. Large, moss-covered boulders and lush greenery surround the waterfall, lending it a magical atmosphere. There are plenty of orchids and ferns to be seen, as well as butterflies, insects, and birds. Don't forget your swimsuit--the waterfall makes for an excellent diving platform and swimming hole. For Las Cataratas de Ahuashiyacu and beyond, use our Tarapoto holiday planner to get the most from your Tarapoto vacation.
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Hostels near the main square serve as the most affordable option in Tarapoto, offering simple rooms a short walk away from most in-town attractions and activities. You don't have to go far out of Tarapoto to sleep in a real Peruvian jungle, though--numerous eco-lodges sit on or near the banks of the Shilcayo River just a short drive from the city center.
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  • Ahuashiyacu was really nice, you have a little walking before getting to the waterfall (nothing extreme) the views you get while getting there and worth it, I bet you'll feel like a new better person!...  more »
  • we took a motorkar to get there, walked up and took a shower behind the waterfall. Lovely place, very touristic, but worth to visit. It is situated at one extreme of the cordillera Escaleras. Beautifu...  more »
  • Excelent and relaxing waterfall in the middle of the jungle of Tarapoto. Really cool and fresh air. You can swim and dive into the water  more »