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The Amazon’s Boiling River Kills Anything That Enters


When Andrés Ruzo was a boy, his grandfather would tell him tales of a mythical city of gold deep in the heart of the Peruvian jungle.Though never believing the stories to be true, the legend of the lost city stuck with him into adulthood.

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Years later, as a geothermal scientist, Ruzo decided to investigate. To his surprise, he discovered an incredulous river deep in the Amazon, with water hot enough to kill a human.

Historically a place of pilgrimage for shamans and sorcerers, the river now faces increasing threats from poachers, loggers and squatters. Now, Ruzo is working hard to protect it.The Boiling River is in the central Peruvian Amazon, in the middle of low jungle.


From Lima it’s about an hour flight to the city of Pucallpa, the largest city in the central Peruvian Amazon.From Pucallpa, it was a two-hour drive mostly on red dirt roads to the Pachitea river, a tributary of the Amazon over 300 meters wide.