It is one of the main rivers of Peru, its name in Quechua is "Urupampa" which means: "Plateau of spiders". The Urubamba River is part of the Amazon basin and is also a source of the Ucayali River. For the Incas it was known as Willkamayu, and it was one of the most important and sacred rivers of the time of the Incas.
It is born in the Vilcanota knot at 4314 meters above sea level in the department of Cusco in the southeastern part of Peru.
Things you should know about the Urubamba River
The Urubamba River and Machu Picchu
The waters of the Urubamba River run around the mountain where the Archaeological Complex of Machu Picchu is located, which runs through the valley from the town of Ollantaytambo to the town of Aguas Calientes, which is at the foot of the mountain where Machu Picchu is located. The river surrounds the Huaynapicchu mountain in a circular way, giving rise to a unique and unforgettable landscape for thousands of travelers who visit daily the vestiges of the city of the Incas. After passing through Machu Picchu, the Urubamba River passes through the province of La Convención, where it enters the Pongo de Mainique and from where it is known as "Bajo Urubamba", it enters the Amazon rainforest reaching the Ucayali and Marañón Rivers, end in the Atlantic Ocean.
Flora and fauna near the Urubamba River
The best adventure sport ideal for this river
The best experience you can get from rafting on the Urubamba River. You can practice rafting in levels I, II, III, even in the rainy season when the river is loaded you can practice level IV and V rafting. The levels of the river flow cause the sports boats to slide into large speeds, it should be noted that levels from III are considered risk.
The descent of the waters of the Urubamba River are the best for the Sacred Valley of the Incas, this valley has a temperate climate. The part where you can sail and perform different sports such as rafting or canoeing covers about 2 kilometers that descend from 2700 meters above sea level.
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