Rímac River

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

2017 Lima - Río Rímac a su paso por el Cercado.jpg
The Rimac river running through Lima
Rímac River is located in Peru
Rímac River
Location of mouth
Native nameRimaq  (Quechua)
RegionDepartment of Lima
Physical characteristics
SourceNevado Paca
 • locationHuarochirí Province, Peru
 • elevation5,100 m (16,700 ft)
MouthPacific Ocean
 • location
 • coordinates
11°56′50″S 76°42′29″W / 11.94730°S 76.70792°W / -11.94730; -76.70792Coordinates: 11°56′50″S 76°42′29″W / 11.94730°S 76.70792°W / -11.94730; -76.70792
Length204 km (127 mi)
Basin size3,400 km2 (1,300 sq mi)
 • average25.8 m3/s (910 cu ft/s)
Basin features
 • leftYuraqmayu

The river is part of the Pacific watershed and has a length of 204 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.[1]

The name Rímac is from the Quechua word rimaq, meaning "speaker, speaking",[2] leading to it being nicknamed El Río Hablador ("the talking river").

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Juan Diego Chávez Espinoza: Adaptation to Climate Change in the Rímac River Basin River . BMZ/KfW, Dezember 2010, p. 8
  2. ^ Teofilo Laime Ajacopa (2007). Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk’anch [Quechua-English dictionary] (PDF). La Paz, Bolivia.