Rivers Crossing Peruvian Amazon Rainforest5.2S 78.1W
Peru covers 1,285,216 km2 (496,225 sq mi). It borders Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil to the east, Bolivia to the southeast, Chile to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The Andes Mountains run parallel to the Pacific Ocean; they define the three regions traditionally used to describe the country geographically: the coast, the highlands and the jungle.
This image focuses on the jungle (selva) region, a wide expanse of flat terrain covered by the Amazon rainforest that extends east. Almost 60% of the country’s area is located within this region. Most Peruvian rivers originate in the peaks of the Andes and drain into one of three basins. Those that are tributaries of the Amazon River are longer, have a much larger flow, and are less steep once they exit the sierra.