Wednesday, March 22, 2006

3rd Tallest Waterfall Discovered in Peru permanent link   0 comments
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A German explorer says he's found one of the world's highest waterfalls in Peru's isolated northern jungle.
Stefan Ziemendorff on Monday led a local television camera crew to the falls, which he says he and a group of Peruvian explorers found in 2002 in the department of Amazonas, while exploring a burial site in the valley of Uctubamba. He works in a project for the drinking water enterprise of Amazonas (Empresa de Agua Potable de Amazonas-Emusap) and participated in two expeditions later.


The waterfall was baptized as 'Gocta', name of the nearest population. It is located 650km northeast of the capital, Lima, and is a 5 hour walking distance away from the town of Cocachimba. The cascades have rarely been seen by anyone, due to its remote location, and legends that it is haunted by a mystical siren have kept the native population at bay for hundreds of years. Excessive rains and dense vegetation also prevent an easy journey to its neighborhoods.

"The waterfall measures 771m (2530 ft), with a margin of error of 14m," Ziemendorff told Peru's state-run Channel 7 television.
The highest waterfall in the world is “El Salto del Angel” in Venezuela with 972 meters high, the second highest is Tugella Falls in South Africa with 948 meters and Gocta would be the third highest.

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