Canyons can be regarded as one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. The word ‘Canyon’ is generally used in the United States of America. But Europeans commonly use the term ‘Gorge’ to refer canyons. How are canyons formed? Naturally, canyons are formed due to fast-moving rivers.
Most of them were formed by a process of long-time erosion from a plateau level. But the harder rocks, those are resistant to erosion, form the cliffs. And thereafter the weathering remains exposed on the valley walls.
Where are canyons located? There are beautiful canyons in almost every country in this world. But the remarkable ones are of common interest for people. As canyons do offer some of the most dramatic landscapes on earth. The sheer size and hidden beauty beneath the ground attract millions of people every year.
Most Beautiful &largest Canyons in the World:
Traveloompa is going to trace those wonderful deepest and largest canyons today and take a closer look and find for your own favorites.
10. Taroko Gorge
Taroko Gorge is a 19-kilometer long canyon of Taiwan, situated near the rocky east coast. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the Island. There are a great number of different hiking trails for visitors. You can also see the breathtaking scenery of spectacular cliffs and white-water rapids in this magnificent tourist destination.
09. Copper Canyon
There are several networks of canyons in Copper Canyon. Accumulating all these canyons together it is quite many times larger than the Grand Canyon (the top one in our list of largest canyons). There is a very famous way of visiting the amazing canyon.
A ride on the “Chihuahua al Pacifico” railway will take you over 37 bridges and through 86 tunnels. While above 2,400 meters high from the sea level, you will definitely get a whole spectacular view of the canyon below. I don’t think you will ever forget this memorable canyon sight rail trip in your life.
08. Colca Canyon
I think many of you have already heard about the great Colca River in Andes Mountain range in southern Peru. The deepest canyon here is also named as Coca canyon. Again if we try to compare this one with our reference Grand Canyon, then surely it is more than twice as deep as the well-known one.
But the difference is the canyon walls, which are less steep in comparison. Visitors can enjoy the Andean condors as well as the unbelievable sights from the beautiful canyon. The condors are amazingly seen at fairly close range, floating on the rising thermals.
07. Samaria Gorge
The 16-kilometer long Samariá Gorge is the greener one in this list. The canyon is located on the southwest Crete. Because of the amazing green surface, the total area is extremely popular for walking. Every year more than a quarter-million people do so in this place.
It will take almost four to seven hours to pass through forests of ancient cypresses and pines. Then you will be guided to cut deep between vertical cliffs through the mountains to emerge at Agia Roumeli on the Libyan sea. Here at this point of your amazing journey, you can choose either to sail the nearby village of Hora Sfakion.
06. Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon is located on the western side of Kauai. Undoubtedly it is the largest canyon in the Pacific. But the prolific characteristics of this amazing canyon is its colorful nature.
Thousands of years ago there were rivers those flowed from Mount Waialeale. While flowing at the center of the Island, they created these curves 1100 meter deep. The canyon is 16 kilometer in length and 1.6 kilometers in width.
05. Antelope Canyon
The Antelope Canyon, with its graceful curves in the rock and glowing orange and purple colors, it is probably the most-photographed sandstone slot on earth. There are two most important photogenic canyons here namely – Upper and lower Antelope.
These canyons here are so narrow in places that you can easily stretch out your arms and touch both sides. But remember there are dangerous areas in the canyon. In 1997 a flash flood swept into Lower Antelope and killed 11 tourists that time.
04. Gorge du Verdon
The Gorge du Verdon is my favorite one. This is actually a river canyon in south-eastern France, which is considered by many to be Europe’s most beautiful Canyon. It is about 25 kilometers in length and rises a spectacular 700 meters from the Verdon River.
The starling emerald color is the canyons most beautiful feature. Even the river is also named after this feature. Walkers and climbers are very much fond of this great canyon. The place is also well-known for water sports like – kayaking, rafting, water skiing, and sailing.
03. Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge is located on the Yangtze River in southwestern China. The canyon is about 15 kilometers long and it passes through a series of rapids surrounded by mountains.
Both sides sharply rise around 3 kilometers above the river. Imagine what great beauty can lie there in this famous deepest canyon in the world. The narrowest point in this Canyon is just 30 meters wide.
02. Fish River Canyon
The Fish River Canyon is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Namibia. The Canyon is absolutely magnificent and breathtaking in its immensity. There is a 160-kilometer gigantic ravine in the canyon which is up to 27 km wide.
Some of the places here are around 550 meters deep. As the Fish River was damned long before, it only contains a small amount of running water through the canyon.
01. Grand Canyon
Here comes the actual grand one. The Grand Canyon is located in northern Arizona and undoubtedly this is one of the greatest travel destinations in the United States of America. Carved over several million years by the Colorado River, it attains a depth of over 1.6 kilometers and 446 km long.
Anyway, it’s not the deepest or even the longest canyon in the world. But the overwhelming size and intricate colorful landscape offer visitor spectacular vistas. You cannot just deny this unmatched beauty throw-out the world.