La Chorrera Waterfall (Colombia)

I asked a few Colombians if they’ve been to La Chorrera and surprisingly, none of them knows about it. According to wikipedia, this is the tallest waterfall in Colombia with a total drop of 590 meters. How can they not know about it?! 

Anyway, I mentioned it to one of my students, Luis who then invited me to go there two days after we talked about it. He has a car so it was of course easier. From Mazuren area, it took just about 1 1/2 hours and we reached La Chorrera. 

The entrance fee per person is 8,000 COP which includes a guided tour. We opted for the 10am tour which didn’t really start until almost 11am! While waiting though, we had the time to see the small waterfall. 

   
   

The trek took us 3 1/2 hours going and back. It was a little bit challenging and I honestly thought this was harder than MacchuPicchu Mountain. LOL! There were only few stairs and some parts are slippery so I highly suggest a good trekking shoes. 

   
    
   
We ordered our lunch before we started the hike so it was almost ready when we arrived.  This cos 15,000 but I didn’t like it much. Everything was too oily and it tasted like they used the same oil for everything. It was definitely nice to eat in the middle of the forrest though while you hear the water as it falls.

 
This little dog who accompanied us through the hike sure benefited from it though. 😉

  
The views along the way is breathtaking. 

   
    
    
   
It’s absolutely worth to allot one day for this trip. Tiring yet fun and relaxing at the same time. 

  

Oh, and Choachi is just about 15 minutes drive from La Chorrera which we also went to just because we needed gas. It’s a tiny town worth chilling for a bit. 🙂

Cusco to Aguas Calientes

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I was going to buy my ticket in Lima airport but they only accept credit card there. As soon as I arrived in my hostel in Cusco, I went to Peru Rail office to purchase my ticket and the representatve Isabel was very nice when assisting me. I got the Vistadome class which cost US $184 roundtrip. 

This is the current timetable they have. 
 

I opted for the one that leaves at 8:25AM. It departs from Poroy train station which was around 20 minutes taxi ride from Intro Hostels Cusco and cost 35 PEN (around US $10). 

This is what the Vistadome class looks like. 

   
   

We pretty much left on time. The 3 1/2 hours train ride was just astonishing. It was beautiful! I just can’t find the right words to describe how amazing this experience is.    

    
    
    
   
Below is the famous insane SkyLodge where I would’ve stayed if only I could afford it.

  

I think PeruRail could’ve served better and more portion of food. Yeah, this is the only snacks you get for the price you pay. 

   
 

Overall, the train ride was absolutely worth it. Something I will never, ever forget.