There is something magical about standing at the edge of a canyon, seeing something so enormous stretching out in front of you – a size you can only imagine! Although these cavernous cracks in the Earth seem like a once in a lifetime sight, there are actually several incredible canyons around the world, and here are five of the most breathtakingly beautiful that you absolutely must see.
Grand Canyon, USA
Probably the most well-known of all canyons, the Grand Canyon is actually one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and if you have ever been, it will be easy to see why. This beautiful sight sees over five million visitors every year, come to marvel the 6000 foot deep, 277 miles long and 18 miles wide canyon. A fantastic view, it is one of the most accessible Canyons and offers hikes, mule rides, and even helicopter tours. Very popular with tourists, there are local hotels right on the rim to stay in, plus museums and education centers based around some of the canyon’s history. On the Vegas side, there is even a huge see-through ledge which gives the feeling of floating right out above the canyon. Not for the faint of heart!
Colca Canyon, Peru
A whopping 13,650 feet deep, Peru’s Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon! This colorful, 45 mile-long canyon is steeped in Inca and pre-Inca cultural history and still, today maintains ancestral traditions of indigenous people, making it an incredible place to behold. There are plenty of things to keep you busy on this canyon, aside from just the views, as it is home to the endangered condors which can often be spotted. There are plenty of photograph opportunities, including being able to have your photograph taken holding a hawk or a baby Alpaca, and local villagers sell trinkets for tourists to buy.
Copper Canyon, Mexico
In Mexico, you will find the stunning Copper Canyon, which is part of the Barrancas del Cobre, created by six rivers. The best way to enjoy this canyon is on the Copper Canyon Railway which runs 400 miles from Chihuahua to Los Mochis and on its 16-hour journey, climbs over 8,000 feet, across 36 bridges and through 87 tunnels! If you want to explore Copper Canyon on foot, it is advised that you hire a guide as the trails are not mapped nor signposted.
Verdon Gorge, France
A Canyon may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you picture visiting France, but it really is worth the trip to see this incredible turquoise Canyon in South East France! Right by the French Riviera, this Canyon is a haven for hikers, kayakers, and rock climbers – in fact, there are over 1500 routes that have been developed across this 13-mile long canyon! The Verdon Gorge is often given the accolade of Europe’s most beautiful canyon, and it would be difficult to disagree.
River Fish Canyon
An often-photographed beauty, the Fish River Canyon really is breathtaking! It is the largest canyon in Africa at 100 miles long, 18 miles wide and an incredible 1,800 feet deep, making a very popular 54-mile hike, known as The Fish River Canyon Trail. These factors make it the second-most popular tourist attraction in Namibia, second only to Etosha National Park.
These canyons are truly a wondrous feat of nature; they are absolutely stunning. The sheer scale of them takes your breath away; you need to visit at least one of these epic landmarks on your journeys.