Today enjoy a full day excursion to the Charyn Canyon, located about a three hour drive (200km) from Almaty. It is the natural counterpart of the Grand Canyon in Colorado USA and is 150km long and 200-300 metres in depth. The Charyn River cuts through the rock and as you walk by the river you can look up at awe inspiring rock formations carved by wind and rain. Erosion and weathering have left bizarre shapes like fantastic sculptures and exposed the many colours of the earth. If you are energetic you might like to climb high to the top of the canyon for a sweeping panorama or follow the course of the river while falcons circle overhead.