The Utcubamba River originates near Leymebamba, 90 kilometers from the city of Chachapoyas, department of Amazonas in the Andes of northern Peru. It joins the Marañón River near the city of Bagua. The Utcubamba River is too narrow to be navigable, but it gives life to several hydroelectric plants that supply much of the department of Amazonas. It is ideal for pleasant transit through its waters, where you can practice canoeing, sport fishing and other recreational activities. At the same time, you can enjoy the impressive views that surround it, where vegetation prevails.
The Utcubamba valley is used for agriculture, especially in the lower Amazon jungle, thanks to its tropical climate and the river’s water to irrigate the crops. Their lands are very favorable for the cultivation of yucca, corn, beans, rice, sugar cane and other fruit trees. The name “Utcubamba” comes from the local Quechua “Utcu” which means cotton and “Bamba” which means pampa. Know until today as “The cotton pampas” since previously the valley was used for cotton crops.
The Alto Utcubamba Valley is located in the province of Luya, department of Amazonas, Peru. In it, the Utcubamba River runs from south to north. The area houses numerous archaeological monuments of the Chachapoyas culture and indigenous people.
The Utcubamba Canyon is a narrow 1,400-meter-high valley where you can enjoy the beauty of the mountains that surround it plus the transparency and richness of the Utcubamba River.