In the desert lands of Arizona, there’s an exceptionally well known Grand Canyon, however over the world there are numerous other grand canyons. Some are deeper than the Grand Canyon, some are wider and a few get spruiked as contenders for the immeasurable title of world’s largest canyon.
5 Great Canyons that will Take Your Breath Away
TIGER LEAPING GORGE (CHINA) Tiger Leaping Gorge is a stunning gash in the Yunnan landscape and one of the deepest gorges in the world. From the bed of the Jinshajiang River to the mountain tops, it’s a heady 3900 vertical metres. Tiger Leaping Gorge has the double attraction of being one of China’s finest hikes. The 22-kilometre “high trail” begins near popular Lijiang and threads the gorge to the village of Walnut Grove. The trail’s switchbacks are infamous, but the going – albeit narrow at times – is not as laborious as some in the region might try to convince you.
THE CARES GORGE (Garganta del Cares) (SPAIN) is enormous, outstandingly beautiful in its upper reaches, and unmissable if you are anywhere near the Picos de Europa. The river Cares has carved an improbable gorge through the heart of the huge limestone Picos range, dividing its Western and Central massifs. This chasm is a mile deep in places, with vast rock walls on both sides. Around the great bend, the upper (south-north) gorge is more beautiful, more verdant and more enclosed. Between cliffs and crags, thinly forested couloirs soar for hundreds of metres to the impossibly distant peaks framed between their walls. The deep recesses of the gorge rarely see the light and harbour a dank, ferny microclimate
The GREAT BLYDE RIVER CANYON of SOUTH AFRICA
The Blyde River Canyon is a significant natural feature of South Africa, located in Mpumalanga, and forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment. It is 25 kilometres in length and is, on average, around 750 metres deep. The Blyde River Canyon Reserve extends along the Blyde River Canyon’s winding path, which at every turn offers more and more impressive views over sheer edges dropping 800m into the riverbed.
Watch this video to be impressed:
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