Cusco’s Red River is formed due to rain run-off from the nearby Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain. The range of colors in this vibrant valley are a result of the different mineral content on different layers of soil, which have been made visible by erosion. The Red River’s coloring is the result of red sandstone full of iron oxide. This mineral-rich sedimentary rock gets washed off the hillsides when it rains and turns the water a distinct red or pink hue (the exact tone depends on the volume of precipitation). Because it is a result of rain run-off, this red or pink river in Cusco is typically only visible during Peru’s rainy season months. During the rest of the year, the river’s water level is much lower and its color is a more typical muddy-brown hue. If you plan to travel to the Peruvian highlands during the rainy season, visiting Palcoyo’s Red River is an excellent option for a unique day trip in Cusco. (Source)
I was in a forest, by a river. I wandered for a bit around the many winding paths and trees before I stumbled upon what looked like a mangled, mangy moose laying in the middle of the path. I sat by it, and we talked about how unfortunate the world was with how it was normalized to suffer or be ignored or treat the earth like it is some sort of disposable toy.