Sianok canyon which is located on the border of Bukittinggi City, Agam Regency, West Sumatra is famous for its worldwide beauty.
The canyon which stretches for 15 kilometers with a depth of more than 100 meters forms a beautiful natural fault that is second to none. Moreover, in the middle of the fault flows the Batang Sianok River which irrigates a green and beautiful valley.
Famous as a highland city, Bukittinggi has a number of tourist attractions with undoubted natural beauty. One of the places that you must visit is Ngarai Sianok. A steep valley located on the border of Bukittinggi City has a depth of 100 meters and a length of approximately 15 meters km with a width of 200 meters.
This valley is part of the fault that separates the island of Sumatra into two longitudinal sections, or what is known as the Semangko Fault. Along the fault, the walls are very steep, forming green valleys that are the result of downward movement of the earth's crust (synclinal).
In 2007 an earthquake occurred in Sumatra which caused the wall to collapse, but that does not mean the beauty of the Sianok canyon is lost. This tourist attraction actually received an award as The Best Tourism Object at the 2007 Padang Tourism Award. Well, want to know what you can find while on vacation here? Come on, see more!
If you want to unwind, Ngarai Sianok can be the right choice of vacation spot. Sianok canyon presents a natural panorama that is a pity to miss. This valley is surrounded by steep hills with a meandering river flow at the bottom. There you can also see the view of Mount Merapi and Mount Singgalang behind the river.
Not only stunning natural scenery, you can also enjoy the cool air there with the sound of gurgling river water and the soothing chirping of birds. The view at sunrise or sunset is guaranteed to make you feel at home there. No wonder this tourist attraction is often used as a source of inspiration for painters and photo objects for photographers.
Because the place is still very natural, in Ngarai Sianok you can also find a variety of rare flora and fauna. Ranging from Rafflesia flowers, medicinal plants, long-tailed macaques, gibbons, hoops, deer, leopards, tapirs, to wild boars. But remember, you have to be careful with these animals, travelers, because they can snatch your hat, glass or food.
Vacationing to Ngarai Sianok, it's not complete if you don't do sports activities there. You just have to choose, starting from rafting, kayaking, and canoeing, as well as other types of sports, such as trekking, mountain biking, or you can take a leisurely walk along this tourist spot.
Uniquely, there is also a water sport activity called Skimboarding which is the main attraction for tourists who come to this leading tourist attraction in the Minang realm. This type of sport is a combination of skateboarding and surfing. By using a skateboard, you can skimboarding in a way like surfing in puddles around a river.
How about you, can't wait to visit Ngarai Sianok? Oh yes, to complete your vacation moment, Pegipegi suggests that you also visit some interesting spots around this valley, such as Panorama Park, Janjang Koto Gadang, and Japanese Hole. In addition, don't forget to buy souvenirs typical of Bukittinggi as gifts for your family at home, OK!