Only a few years back, this magnificent waterfall was unknown to the world. The waterfall resembles a bride wearing a full skirted wedding dress, glancing over her shoulder, with the veil gracefully spread out over her upper body.
The stunning La Cascada de la Novia, also known as the Waterfall of the Bride, has become a viral sensation, amassing more than 1.6 million views on Twitter. Found in Cajamarca, Peru, this natural wonder has quickly become a tourist attraction and a prized gem for the Celendín and Cajamarca regions. The waterfall’s name is derived from its one-of-a-kind shape, which resembles a bride wearing a wedding dress and veil. Standing at 165 feet (50 meters) tall, this beautiful natural wonder cascades down the cliffside, presenting a striking image of a human figure against the dark rock.
Turismo al Peru reports that the province of Celendín in the Cajamarca region is home to a hidden waterfall of impressive beauty called La Cascada de la Novia. Despite existing for quite some time, it remained largely unknown until 2017 when a video of it was shared on Twitter by human rights professor Gustavo Vela. The waterfall is not only a natural wonder but also steeped in local legends and traditions. One such legend tells of a young couple who fell in love but were forbidden from being together by their families. In a final act of defiance, they ran away together but tragically died in a mountain ravine, which is where the waterfall now cascades. According to the legend, the water speaks in a strange language and describes the bride-to-be, drawing her in her wedding dress and veil as if ready to be wed.
The tunnel known as Pachachaca is a beautiful, natural ravine that features stunning stalactites. When entering through the small opening, visitors will navigate two curves before finding themselves in a spacious underground cavern that stretches 100 feet (30 meters) in length and connects to the veil of the bride. Adventurous explorers may even refer to it as “the tunnel of the bride.”
The stunning beauty of La Cascada de la Novia is a must-see for anyone exploring Peru. You’ll be left in awe by the sheer magnificence of this magical waterfall, especially if you visit during peak season from December to May when water flow is at its highest.