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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  • August 15, 2017
    Beautiful waterfall. You can swim and there are changers. It is very near Tarapoto and the hike to the waterfall is very short... the only drawback is that there are many people... but is very nice.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Linda waterfall! Emblematic place and stop forced all travelers to Tarapoto, is close to it, only half an hour at most, by a great track, going up to change of climate and landscape. The place is very neat, signposted and can go one on their own also taking a taxi from the city or a tour as you like it, highly recommended!
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  • August 8, 2017
    Excellent tour to venture into the jungle and enjoy the hot springs and the river. demand media... family
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