Wonders of Peru: 'The Boiling River

Updated: Oct 25, 2021

This River Kills Everything That Falls Into It Legend or fact?

The Shanay-Timpishka, also known as La Bomba, is a tributary of the Amazon River where the #AjiCharapita grow, called the "only boiling river in the world". It is 6.4 km (4.0 mi) long, starts off as a cold stream, heats up, and then cools back down slightly at night. It is known for the very high temperature of its waters—from 27 °C (80 °F) to nearly 100 °C (212 °F).

Small mammals, reptiles, or amphibians regularly fall in and are boiled alive.

The river is located in the Mayantuyacu sanctuary, part of the Huánuco high forest. The area is inhabited by an Asháninka community. Local shamans believe that the boiling water is birthed by Yucamama, a giant serpent spirit known as the "Mother of the Waters", is a home to very powerful jungle spirits and a place of tremendous spiritual power!

But, in fact, the Boiling River is a natural feature: a non-volcanic, geothermal feature flowing at anomalously high rates and there are also many hot springs, which inject water into the river to produce this amazing feature.


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