The 'Red River' flows through a pristine rocky valley.

The 'Red River' flows through a pristine rocky valley

The 'Red River' flows through a pristine rocky valley.

The Red River flows through the pristine rocky valleys of the Vilcanota Mountains. Some know that this river in Peru has pink water.

All countries of the world have rivers of different sizes. But have you ever seen the red color of the river? Unbelievable but really, you will see such a river when you go to Peru.

The water of a river running through the pristine rocky valley of the Vilcanota mountain range there is bright red in color. Some also know that this river in Peru has pink water. It is a unique natural phenomenon. And the visitors flock there to see this scene.

The Red River is located near the well-known Palcoyo Rainbow Mountains, approximately 100 kilometers from the city of Cusco in the western country of Peru.

red  river

Why is the name of the river Puka Mayu?

Peruvians named it: Puca Mayu. 'Puka' means red and 'mayu' means river in Quechua. Peru the Cusco region in this river water is a vivid red.

The Red River is located near the well-known Palcoyo Rainbow Mountains, approximately 100 kilometers from the city of Cusco. The place is known as 'Palkuela Pukamayu' to the locals.

Pucamayu (Quechua Red River, Mayu River, "Red River", Spanish spelling Pukamayo) or Antchaca (Quechua Anta Tama Chaca Setu, "copper bridge", Spanish spelling Andachaca) is a river in Daniel Alcides Carrion Province, Pasco Region, Peru. It belongs to the Huallaga River watershed.
red color of the river

What leads to the red color of the river?

According to the locals, the reddish hue of the river is due to mineral deposits in different clay layers of the soil. It is the result of iron oxides released from the mountains in the region.

The charming 'Lal River' can only be seen during monsoons as it is formed by the overflow of rainfall. During the rest of the year, it maintains its slow flow and dirty brown color.

The river originates in the Palcoyo Rainbow Mountains. The mountain gets its name from the multicolored sedimentary layers it is made of.

In the south of Pukamayu Province, Cuillacocha (Quiulacocha) and Carpacancha (Carpacancha) originated near the lakes. Its orientation is mainly northwest. The river receives water from smaller streams like White Water, Chachak, and Ranarachancha. Near Chinche Tingu (Chinche Tingo) Pucamayu meets the Río Blanco ("White River" in Spanish) coming from the west. This is where the Middle Thousand River (Quechua middle center, middle, thousand and one thousand, Hispanicized Chaupihuaranga) originates. The Chaupi Waranca is a tributary of the Huallaga River.

The surprising thing is that the water of this river has red color only for 5 km. Then the water becomes normal color and merges with other rivers.

the Red River

Can you swim in the Red River?

A long sandy beach is Red River Beach in Harwich on Cape Cod. Small waves and warm water make it a great place to swim on a hot summer afternoon. Besides swimming, you will have a good time canoeing, kayaking or just relaxing.

The beauty of the Lal River increases even more during the rainy season. Visitors visit there from December-April. And most of the year, Palkella Pukamayu is a muddy brown.

During the monsoons, large amounts of iron oxide-rich soil are carried down from the hills and turn the water bright red in color.

Cusco's Red River
Many photos and videos of Cusco's Red River have been circulating online over the years. But many people mistake it for Photoshop.

If you want, you can also be fascinated by this unprecedented beauty. That's why you should go on a trip to the Vilcanota Mountains in Peru during the rainy season.

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