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Urubamba River

Urubamba River


Urubamba River

The Amazon rainforest envelops many different sites that sweep its visitors off their feet. Aside from the diversity of the beautiful plant species that can be found within the tropical jungle, and the striking wildlife that lives within the Amazon rainforest there are also other sites such as the river Urubamba.



Many excited travelers waiting to explore the magnificent and breathtaking aspects of it visit the river which is most commonly characterized as being a partially navigable headwater of the Amazon River. Geologists have commonly divided the river into two, the upper Urubamba and the lower Urubamba, when discussing the geographical aspects of the region. The upper part of the river is better known for its high population and extensive irrigation works.

Urubamba River


Travelers who visit the upper Urubamba commonly do so to explore the ruins of the Inca Empire that lie within the river valley. Within the upper Urubamba also lies the Incan city of Machu Picchu. The Incan city of Machu Picchu is a very interesting place to travel to due to its historic properties, and the greatest part is that it still vastly stands today.

Urubamba River at near flood levels in Aguas Calientes - near Machu Picchu Peru


The Incan city of Machu Picchu consists of a pre-Columbian 15th century Inca site, which can be observed as it is above sea level. If traveling there you will note that it is situated upon a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley.

Travelers usually characterize the second part of the river, which consists of the lower part of the River, as being the least developed compared and contrasted to the upper part of the river. In economical terms the lower Urubamba River is mainly based on forestry.

A great aspect of the lower Urubamba River is the fact that there is still a significant indigenous population that exists there. The population consists of the Campa tribes as well as the Machiguenga and Ashaninka. As a result, it is also in it's own way a very exciting region to travel to and visit the culturally diverse tribes that live there.

Related Information

Urubamba River
The Urubamba River is located in Peru and it is most commonly characterized as being a partially navigable headwater of the Amazon River.

Amazon River
The Amazon River... even the name brings to mind the largest river in the world, in all its splendor. The total water flow of this mammoth river is greater than the eight next larger rivers put together!





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