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Urubamba River, Sepahua

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The Urubamba River or Willkamayu is a river in Peru. Upstream it is called by its Aymara name Willkanuta . Within the La Convención Province the naming changes to Urubamba. A partially navigable headwater of the Amazon River, it rises in the Andes to the southeast of Cuzco. It originates on the slopes of Khunurana in the Puno Region, Melgar Province, near the La Raya pass. It flows north-north-west for 724 kilometers before coalescing with the Tambo River to form the Ucayali River.John Walter Gregory, the British geologist, drowned in the river on June 2, 1932 while on a geological expedition to the Andes.The Urubamba is divided into Upper Urubamba and Lower Urubamba, the dividing feature being the Pongo de Mainique, an infamous whitewater canyon.Upper UrubambaThe Upper Urubamba valley features a high population and extensive irrigation works. A number of ruins of the Inca Empire lie in the valley, including the Incan city of Machu Picchu, Patallaqta, Pikillaqta and Raqch'i.
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  • A beautiful river and an exciting experience rafting on the Urubamba River. The rafting was booked through our tour and our guide was excellent. What a lovely part of the world!  more »
  • What a beautiful area. The river canyon, fall, and "road". I rode dirt bike from from Huanuco to Pucallpa. A good ride but a trying one with road condition and those agreesive Peruvian drivers. I trav...  more »
  • When entering the Train toward Machu Picchu, I didn't think you'd be amazed at the Urubamba River landscape between the mountains. Worthy indeed of movies!
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