This selection highlights the 10 largest canyons in the world. Nothing illustrates the corrosive powers of water like a river canyon. Digging their way through solid rock, sometimes over millions of years, the rivers slowly create these incredible, vast, and natural sculptures.
Long and deep canyons are particularly spectacular places, such as the dazzling examples that this selection illustrates. The selection and order of these canyons are not determined, because what constitutes “the greatest” can be measured by length, depth, or total area. In addition, some Himalayan canyons are not accessible and therefore are not considered.
10. Tara River Canyon – Montenegro
These are the curves of the Tara River Canyon in Montenegro, which extends below enough to make this the deepest river gorge in all of Europe. At its deepest point, the canyon descends to 1,300 meters, courtesy of the river Tara that is sculpted through it.Located in Durmitor National Park, Tara River Canyon is protected and is also part of a possible World Heritage Site. Up to the highest peaks, you will likely hear the thundering sound of over 40 waterfalls plunging into this incredible 82-km long canyon.
9. Blyde River Canyon – South Africa
Blyde River Canyon in South Africa may not be the largest on the planet, but it has the distinction of being one of the greenest. As well as boasting an average depth of 762 meters, this 26 km long gorge is covered in abundant subtropical plant life, which definitely adds to its appeal. It is said that the deeper part of the canyon is from the top of the Mariepskop mountain below to the river outlet, with total low of 1,372 meters.
8. Copper Canyon – Mexico
Strictly speaking, this canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico is not only one but 6 canyons, which are collectively known as Copper Canyon. Barranca del Cobre, as it is called in Spanish, has its name by green hue that covers its walls.And the 6 rivers responsible for creating these incredible valleys flow into the Sea of Cortez as part of the largest river Fuerte. The deepest canyon in the system, Barranca de Urique, presents an impressive 1,879 meters of depth.
7. Cotahuasi Canyon – Peru
6. Colca Canyon – Peru
The second canyon of Peru in the selection is Colca Canyon. Falling to a depth of 4,160 meters, this geographical wonder in southern Peru is an impressive sight. It is one of the deepest canyons in the world, if not quite the deepest of all, although it is being promoted as such. That said, Colca Canyon has twice the depth of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, and is also one of the most visited tourist destinations in Peru.
5. Fish River Canyon – Namibia
Fish River Canyon in Namibia is the largest canyon in Africa. This gigantic river channel meanders 160 km through a plateau. The canyon is rocky, but it is a popular place to visit, especially with hikers, thanks to its breathtaking views. The ravine itself measures 550 meters deep, and in some places stretches 27 km wide.
4. Grand Canyon – United States
It may not be the largest canyon in the world, although many people think it is, but the Grand Canyon in Arizona is arguably the most famous. Measuring 1,828 meters deep and 445 km long, this majestic place is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
3. Kali Gandaki Gorge – Nepal
The Kali Gandaki River, which winds through the Kali Gandaki Gorge in Nepal, is even older than the imposing Himalayan mountain range that surrounds it. The river is named because of the Hindu goddess Kali, and its revolving waters are black in color due to the presence of glacial mud.The exact depth of the giant Kali Gandaki Gorge is debated, because not everyone agrees on the height of its edge. However, if the depth were measured from the highest peaks on the downstream side, it would be the deepest canyon in the world, with a depth of about 6,800 meters.
2. Capertee Valley – Australia
Capertee Valley is located in New South Wales, Australia. This majestic canyon is the largest in Australia and is known for its rugged landscape and towering sandstone escarpments. Due to its age, Capertee Valley is not as deep as some of the other canyons in this selection, but what it lacks in depth makes up for with absolute size. The Capertee Valley is wider and approximately 1 km longer than the Grand Canyon.
1. Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon – Tibet
High in the Himalayas, beginning near the holy Mount Kailash, a mighty canyon winds up to the Brahmaputra River in northern India. With an average depth of 4,876 meters around the mountains of Namcha Barwa, and plunging down to 6,009 meters at one point, the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon is often considered the deepest canyon on the planet.