Origin of Amazon River

Monday, March 11, 2013

The origin of Amazon River is the Lauricocha River, which springs from melting water from an Andes Range glacier at 5,800 m of altitude, northeast of Lima, Peru. Having run for 85 kilometers, Lauricocha River meets Nupe River to form Marañón River, which winds through high-altitude valleys and gorges for 1,740 km, until it comes together with Ucayali River to finally give rise to the Amazon River.