The river is as red as blood, named like a river of Vietnam
In the world, there are countless majestic rivers with unique beauty that make anyone admire. Among them, it is impossible not to mention the Red River located near the city of Cusco, the Republic of Peru (a country in the southwest of South America, facing the Pacific Ocean) – a country famous for many beautiful landscapes. beautiful.
The Red River in Cusco is locally known as Palquella Pucamayu, a combination of the two Quechua words palquella (small tributary) and pucamayu (red river).
This stretch of river is blood red for about 5km before merging with a number of streams and small rivers from other areas. At this time, the watercolor becomes lighter and gradually loses its unique color. Many tributaries eventually empty into the Vilcamayo River, which flows through Cusco’s Sacred Valley and past the famous ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. Further downstream, this river is known as the Urubamba River, before passing through the middle of the infamous Pongo de Mainique gorge, weaving its way into the jungle and finally emptying into the mighty Amazon River.
Where is the Red River?
Red River is located about 3 hours southeast of Cusco city. The source of the Red River is in the nearby Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain valley, which together with other mountains in the region form the Cordillera Vilcanota chain.
The chain itself is part of the broader Andes Mountains, which run along the backbone of South America, forming the longest continental mountain range in the world.
Why is river water red?
Peru’s Red River was formed by rain flowing from the nearby Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain valley. The water color of the Red River is the result of red sandstone filled with iron oxide. This mineral-rich sedimentary rock is washed off the hillsides when it rains and gives the water a deep red or pink color (the exact tone depends on the amount of rain).
Since it is the result of rains, this red or pink river usually only appears during the rainy months in Peru. The rest of the year, the river level is much lower and its color is opaque brown.
If you plan to travel to the Peruvian highlands during the rainy season, the Red River is a great choice for a unique day trip in Cusco.
When cutting through green hills and peaceful grasslands, the Red River offers an indescribably beautiful contrast. The water colored like cherry blossoms creates a surreal feeling. The landscape seemed to belong to another world. You will feel as if you are stepping into a work of art as you explore this dreamlike place.
How to enjoy the panoramic view of the Red River?
The best way to see the beauty of the Red River is with a stop on a tour of nearby Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain. This is still an unexplored area for visitors and only a few companies organize tours to the area.
Visitors should bring warm clothes, hats, scarves and gloves. While the trail through Palcoyo isn’t as difficult as the one leading to Vinicunca, it can still be muddy so visitors should also wear hiking boots.
For those looking to extend their adventure in this beautiful Cusco countryside, there are still a number of other attractions, including the historic Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, and the fascinating Q’eswachaka Inca rope bridge. and the majestic ruins of Waqrapukara.
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