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The Rímac River is located in western Peru and is the most important source of potable water for the Lima and Callao Metropolitan Area.

Rímac
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The Rimac river running through Lima
EtymologyQuechua
Native nameRimaq
Location
CountryPeru
RegionDepartment of Lima
Physical characteristics
SourceNevado Paca
 - locationHuarochirí Province, Peru
 - elevation5,508 m (18,071 ft)
MouthPacific Ocean
 - location
Peru
Length160 km (99 mi)
Basin size3,532 km2 (1,364 sq mi)
Discharge 
 - average25.8 m3/s (910 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Tributaries 
 - leftYuraqmayu

The river is part of the Pacific watershed and has a length of 160 km. The river begins in the highlands of the Huarochirí Province in the Lima Region and its mouth is located in Callao, near Jorge Chávez International Airport.

The name Rímac is from the Quechua word rimaq, meaning "speaker, speaking",[1] leading to it being nicknamed El Río Hablador ("the talking river").

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, La Paz, 2007 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)

Coordinates: 11°56′50″S 76°42′29″W / 11.94730°S 76.70792°W / -11.94730; -76.70792