A must see at least once in your life: the most amazing canyons in the world, which will take your breath away
There are many attractions in the world that are definitely worth a visit. Edition Dailymail decided to make a selection of incredible canyons around the world that travelers need to see.
Some of the canyons are accessible enough to walk - others are so wild that you will need months of planning and an expedition team.
Blyde River Canyon
The canyons can also be green. Blyde River Canyon, in Mpumalanga, in eastern South Africa, the largest green canyon in the world. It is 26 km (16 mi) long and 800 meters (2625 ft) deep in places. The canyon is known for its mesmerizing rock formations, beautiful waterfalls and ancient "echo caves" that extend 24 miles (40 km) into the ground.
The Ihlara Canyon meanders through the Cappadocia region of Turkey at a distance of 15 km (9,3 miles) with the Melendiz Creek flowing through its heart and bending around it 26 times. Just a great place for a photo. But that's not all. More than 100 churches and 4000 cave dwellings have been carved from the volcanic rock of the canyon dating back to around the XNUMXth century AD.
The Cheddar Gorge in Somerset is the UK's largest gorge, with cliffs towering an impressive 450 feet (137 m) above the road.
The Verdon Gorge is also called the Grand Canyon of Europe. Located in the heart of Provence in southeastern France, it is 25 kilometers (15,5 miles) long and has limestone cliffs that rise to 2 feet (296 m). This is the largest canyon in Europe. Visitors have plenty of opportunities to go kayaking on the dazzling turquoise waters, swim in them, hike the countless trails and go birdwatching. The gorge is home to many birds of prey, including newly introduced vulture vultures.
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The most famous canyon of all, of course, is the huge Grand Canyon of Arizona, which boasts stunning parameters - it is 446 km (277 mi) long, up to 29 km (18 mi) wide, and more than a mile deep in places. In addition, it is a really old "structure" with stones up to 1,8 billion years old.
Fish River Canyon
Fish River Canyon in Namibia is one of the most extensive canyons in Africa. It is 2300 feet (700 m) deep in places, 17 miles (27 km) wide, and extends about 100 miles (160 km) from Seeheim to the Ice Hot Springs. Lonely Planet recommends a five-day hike that covers half of its length.
Fjadrargljufur Canyon in southern Iceland is short and beautiful - only 2 km (1,2 miles) long and about 328 feet (100 m) deep, but it's definitely a geological joy to the eye. Justin Bieber fans will recognize him as the backdrop for the video for his 2015 hit I'll Show You.
Around Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world at 8 m (126 ft), in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, it reaches depths of 26 to 660 m (4500–5200 ft).
One of the most magical canyons in the world is the 36,6 meters (120 ft) high cathedral-like Antelope Canyon in Arizona. When the rays of sunlight pass through the hole at the top, the most mesmerizing scene is created. The canyon opened to visitors in 1997 when the Navajo tribe declared it a Navajo Tribal Park.
The volcanic Hawaiian island of Kauai is one of Hollywood's favorite tropical destinations, and has acted as a backdrop in Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides, King Kong and many more, and Waimea Canyon is one of the sights of blockbusters. There is Vaipu Falls, which descends 244 meters (800 feet) down one of the lava rocks. It has a characteristic red soil color and is 22,5 km (14 mi) long, 1,6 km wide (nearly a mile) and up to 1097 meters (3600 ft) high.
Colca Canyon in Peru reaches a depth of 3501 meters (11 feet), which is twice the depth of the Grand Canyon. During normal times, it is one of the most visited attractions in Peru, and travelers admire not only its vast expanses, but also the farmland on its slopes and exotic wildlife, including llamas, cougars and the largest bird in the world, the Andean condor.
The Copper Canyon of Mexico, so named for its copper-green walls, is actually made up of six separate canyons formed by six rivers. One of the best ways to admire the sensational scenery is by taking the El Chepe Copper Canyon Train.
Yarlung Tsangpo gorge
If you like having a lot of extreme in the canyons, then the ideal place for you is the almost bottomless Yarlung Tsangpo Gorge in Tibet. Its maximum depth is 5300 m (170 ft), making it one of the deepest land-based canyons on the planet (three times deeper than the Grand Canyon). It is also one of the longest canyons in the world. It passes between two stunningly high peaks: Namcha Barwa at 00 meters (7 feet) and Gyal Peri at 782 meters (25 feet). Moreover, this is one of the least explored areas of the Earth, where the cruel Yarlung Tsangpo River flows.
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This is an abyss in Australia's Bungle Bungle, where the walls are only two shoulders apart in places, but rise to a height of 200 meters (2656 feet).
The 15 km (9,3 mi) Ordesa Glacial Canyon, located in a remote area of the Spanish Pyrenees, is a stunning hiking trail. It is a paradise for unusual animals, including the brown bear, wood grouse (huge wood grouse), bearded vulture and golden eagle. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
Wadi Nahr is known as the Grand Canyon of Oman. It offers exciting hiking opportunities. A Tripadvisor reviewer wrote: "It is breathtaking to walk between the vertical canyon walls and contemplate nature in its original form."
The 19 km (11,8 mi) Taroko Gorge on Taiwan's east coast is famous for its striking marble walls and the blue Livu River that flows through it.
Tiger Leaping Gorge
This is a stunningly impressive 15 km (9,3 mi) long Tiger Leaping Gorge in southwestern China. It has stunning depths of up to 3790 meters (12 feet), the rugged Jinsha River and beautiful waterfalls.
Canyon de Celli
The stunning Canyon de Celli National Monument has been home to the Navajo people for almost 5000 years. The canyon offers a unique perspective on the history of these tribes. The Navajo people continue to live, work and form their families in the rugged canyons that surround the monument. Navajo guides walk and horseback rides through the canyon.
Kali Gandaki Gorge
The Kali Gandaki Gorge in the Nepal Himalayas claims to be the deepest canyon in the world according to one criterion, as the Gandaki River flowing through it is 5 meters (571 feet) lower than the highest point of 18 meters (278 feet). What is not disputed is that the gorge is a world-class hiking destination.
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This 5,8 kilometer (3,6 mi) canyon in the Aparados da Serra National Park in Brazil is a true Lost World material with 720 meters (2360 ft) parallel cliffs buried in tropical vegetation. There are two waterfalls and a variety of wildlife, from howler monkeys to parrots.
In northern Australia, the majestic Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park amazes visitors with 300 meters (0,2 mi) curved sandstone cliff walls, green vegetation and rock pools that line the floor. Those who enjoy top-notch gorge views can take the challenging 6-kilometer (3,7 mi) loop walk.
The 45 kilometers (27 miles) long Dades Gorge is one of the many reasons to travel in Morocco. The canyon has been carved over millions of years by the Dades River, and in some places, sandstone and limestone cliffs rise up to 500 meters (1600 feet).
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