Canyons are a geological phenomenon formed over millions of years and are some of the most beautiful natural structures. Hikers, cyclists and campers apart from geologists absolutely love the canyons around the world. Though America’s Grand Canyon is one of the most visited and most famous of all canyons around the world, there are several other deeper and just as beautiful canyons on the plant that are worth a mention. From Brazil, Peru and Mexico in South America, France and Iceland in Europe, Nepal and Kazakhstan in Asia, these canyons are made of various types of rocks and have evolved into these magnificent structures through centuries. Here are 15 of the most picturesque and awe-inspiring canyons around the world that you must visit!
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1. The Grand Canyon, US
The Grand Canyon is located in the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. It is 446 km long in length and approximately 800 m in height. Though it’s not the deepest canyon in the world, it is the longest one. The grand canyon was established by Theodore Roosevelt November 1906 and it became a national park in 1919.
2. Eldgja Canyon, Iceland
Eldja canyon located near Landmannalaugaris in Iceland is often referred to as the Fire Gorge because it is one of the very few volcanic canyons around the world. 270 m in height and 600 m in length it is the largest volcanic canyon in the world.
3. Fish River Canyon, Namibia
Approximately 550 m deep and 5900 km long, the Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world along with being the largest one in Africa. It lines the Fish River and is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Namibia.
4. Kali Gandaki Gorge, Nepal
The height or depth of this canyon is not accurately determined. In fact, it is one of the few Himalayan canyons which is approximately 2,520 m above sea level. Located in Nepal, is one of the toughest and most dangerous canyons to trek at.
5. Cheile Turzii,Romania
This canyon in Turda is 2900 m in length and about 300 m in height. This natural reserve in Romania is extremely rich when it comes to flora and fauna. It is home to over 1,000 species of living organisms.
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6. Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
Located in Mpumalanga, this canyon is about one of the most picturesque canyons in South Africa. The Blyde River runs through the canyon which is close to 25 km in length and 750 m in depth. It is among one of the most visited tourist attractions in South Africa.
7. Barranca del Cobre, Mexico
Often referred to as the Copper Canyon, the Barranca Del Cobre is located on Mexico’s Chihuahua and is a collection of six canyons formed six rivers that get emptied into the sea of Cortez. Some parts of this canyon are a lot deeper that those of the grand canyon in Arizona
8. Dades Gorge, Morocco
Sandwiched between the Atlas Mountains and Anti-Atlas range, the Dades gorge valley is the only canyon in the middle east which has a mountain pass constructed in order to travel the other side of the village and the access the river.
9. Mides Canyon, Tunisia
This mountain oasis in Tunisia is a magnificent canyon and it’s height, depth and length aren’t measured with accuracy. The canyon is located on the border of Tuniasia and Algeria and offers a panoramic view once the hike is completed.
10. Gorge du Verdon, France
This river canyon is about 25 km in length and 700 m in depth. Named after the breed of turquoise river it runs through, this canyon is connected to the French Riviera, making it s a famous destination for kayaking.
11. Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan
80 km in width and 446 km in length, the Charyn Canyon is located near the Chinese border in Kazakhastan. It is one of the newest canyon-national parks in the world, established only in 2004. The Sharyn river runs through the canyon.
12. Glen Canyon, US
The Glen Canyon in the Glen Canyon National Park is spread across 1.2 million acres and the Colorado river turns in sharp horse-shoe shape, almost looking like a circle. This is yet another famous canyon in the USA.
13. Itaimbezinho, Brazil
Located in Aparados da Serra National Park, in Rio Grande do Sul, this canyon is around 5.8 km in length, 700 m in depth 2 km in width. It is located near the border of Santa Caterina and is one of the lesser explored canyons around the world.
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14. Colca Canyon, near Arequipa, Peru
The Colca Canyon is 3,270 m deep and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in southern Peru. The canyon is also home to the rare species of the giant hummingbird.
15. Coyote Buttes, US
The Wave is one of the most unique canyons around the world. Located in the Coyote Buttes, this natural wonder is one of the most photographed canyons in the world. In fact, not more than 20 people are allowed to visit The Wave, making it all the more desirable!