The Amazon’s Boiling River

If you want to see a boiling river, you can misbehave in this life, and spend the next one splashing around on the wrong side of the River Styx, or you can visit the Peruvian Amazon.

Indeed, a three-hour drive from the town of Pucallpa is a stretch of the Shanay-timpishka

River with temperatures as high as 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Locals believed that the Boiling River had healing properties, and many shaman incorporated its water into their medicines.

In fact, today, the river is protected by shamans based in the small town Mayantuyacu, a secluded healing center that you can visit.

Should you decide to visit Boiling River, don’t get too close, as even the mud on the riverbank is too hot to touch, and should you fall into the river, you would have third-degree burns within seconds. You should also be aware that the area surrounding the river is threatened by commercialization, so much so that geologist Andrés Ruzo has created The Boiling River Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of the river and its surrounding jungle.

You can learn more about the Amazon’s Boiling River, including tips for visiting at the Boiling River Project’s website.

If you’d like to see (but not touch!) the Boiling River of the Amazon in person, check out some of the trips below.