this is the gocta waterfall, a golden oldie (pun regrettably intended) from when i was in peru last november. i've seen a fair few waterfalls in this big continent, and while iguazu
is still the most impressive this one was also pretty special. one thing i liked about this was that it was 'discovered' very recently in 2005. of course that's a complete misuse of the word discover as any of the peruvians in the surrounding area would rightly argue. but still, it wasn't brought to national or international attention before then, which i think is pretty cool. you tend to think that in the 21st century there can't be much on the planet that is unexplored, so it's nice to be proven otherwise. a german named stefan ziemendorff is the man responsible to the increase in tourism to the area and he announced the two step falls were 771 metres high, making them the third tallest free-leaping waterfall in the world. since then his research has been called into question and the actual ranking fluctuates depending on your source. the world waterfall database
for example lists it at number 15 in it's table of the worlds tallest waterfalls
. regardless it was still a mighty impressive feat of nature, and i'm curious how it will compare to angel falls (number 1 on the list) which i hope to visit in the next few weeks.
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