Ngarai Sianok
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If you are looking for a natural wonder that will take your breath away, look no further than Ngarai Sianok, a stunning canyon that lies on the outskirts of Bukittinggi, a hill town in the Minangkabau highlands of West Sumatra.

Ngarai Sianok, which means Sianok Valley in the local language, is a 15-kilometer long and 200-meter wide gorge that was formed by a geological fault that split Sumatra into two parts. The canyon is also known as the Green Canyon of Indonesia, as it resembles the famous Grand Canyon in Colorado, USA.

Ngarai Sianok is not only a feast for the eyes, but also a rich source of history, culture, and biodiversity. The canyon was the site of several battles during the Indonesian National Revolution, and you can still see the remnants of the Japanese bunkers and tunnels that were used during World War II.

The canyon is also home to the Minangkabau people, one of the largest matrilineal societies in the world, who have a unique culture and architecture that reflect their Islamic and animistic beliefs. Moreover, the canyon is a habitat for various flora and fauna, such as Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world, and tapir, a rare mammal that resembles a pig with a trunk.

There are many ways to enjoy the beauty of this canyon. You can admire the panoramic view of the canyon from the Taman Panorama, a park that overlooks the gorge from the Bukittinggi side. You can also hike down to the bottom of the canyon and explore the Batang Sianok, a clear river that flows through the valley.

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If you are feeling adventurous, you can join a rafting or kayaking tour that will take you along the river for about 3.5 hours, passing by lush greenery and towering cliffs. Alternatively, you can rent a motorbike or a car and drive along the winding road that follows the edge of the canyon, stopping at various viewpoints and villages along the way.

Ngarai Sianok is a must-see destination for anyone who visits West Sumatra, as it offers a rare combination of natural beauty, historical significance, and cultural diversity. It is also easily accessible from the city of Bukittinggi, which is about 90 kilometers from the Minangkabau International Airport.

There are plenty of accommodation options in Padang and Bukittinggi, ranging from budget  guesthouses to luxury villas. Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway, a cultural immersion, or an outdoor adventure, Ngarai Sianok has something for everyone.

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