- Napo River
River, northeastern Ecuador and northeastern Peru.It rises in Ecuador and flows east across the Peruvian border through dense rainforests for about 700 mi (1,100 km) to empty into the Amazon River. It is an important transport route. Cattle are raised along its banks, and the forests yield rubber, chicle, and timber.
* * *Spanish Río Naporiver in northeastern Ecuador and northeastern Peru. It flows from the eastern slopes of the Andes in Ecuador and descends generally eastward to the Peruvian border. There it turns southeastward and continues through dense tropical rain forests, joining the Amazon River approximately 50 miles (80 km) downstream from Iquitos. Explored by the Spanish soldier and Amazon explorer Francisco de Orellana in 1540 and then by the Portuguese Amazon explorer Pedro Teixiera in 1638, the river, 550 miles (885 km) long, is an important transportation artery, for much of it is navigable. Cattle are raised along its banks, and the forests yield rubber, chicle, timber, and furs.
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