Canyoning Around the World | 7 of the Best Gorge Walking Spots
The gorge walking spots that should be on your bucket list
Canyoning around the world will give you a whole range of different experiences. Each nation has its own unique take on this crazy sport - from impressive canyoneering courses in the Utah wilderness to the warm jungle spots in the heart of the Costa Rican jungle. If you're travelling, it's also a great way to see a region from a different perspective, while getting a bit of a workout at the same time.
Whatever you're looking for there's a canyoning spot somewhere with your name on it, just waiting to be discovered. So pack up your canyoning gear, polish your gorge walking skills, and check out this guide to global canyoning spots and get planning your perfect overseas canyoning adventure.
The World's Best Canyoning Spots: Wannaka, New Zealand
As the world capital of outdoor and adventure sports it's no wonder that New Zealand has some of the best canyoning spots in the world. Even the top UK canyoning spots won't prepare you for the fun you're about to have here.
If you're going canyoning in New Zealand, Wannaka is the place to head. Located on New Zealand's South Island and surrounded by the impressive Southern Alps you'll find all the gorge walking thrills you could wish for here from epic jumps and fun slides to massive waterfall abseils and some tight squeezes too.
The World's Best Canyoning Spots: Zion National Park, USA
Canyoning around the world wouldn't be complete without a trip to the USA. There are loads of top canyoning spots across the country, but any trip here should begin with a visit to Zion National Park in Utah.
Wind, water and geological movement have shaped the landscape of Utah creating deep, characterful slot canyons unlike anything you'll find anywhere else in the world. Zion National park offers a great mix of challenging routes and unique natural beauty, making this the spot to start any canyoning adventure in the USA.
The World's Best Canyoning Spots: Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Fancy a unique experience while you're canyoning around the world? Then head over to the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica.
Though the idea of canyoning next to a volcano might seem a bit daunting at first, you'll soon warm up to the idea when you see the big, fun features you'll get to play on. There are plenty of sizeable waterfalls here and tonnes of abseiling to be done alongside a decent quantity of jumps some of which will require some pretty advanced canyoning techniques, all set in the beautiful green landscape of the Costa Rican jungle.
The World's Best Canyoning Spots: Jalbire, Nepal
Nepal might not be on your gorge walking radar but if you're canyoning around the world you should definitely check out this amazing mountain playground.
The canyons near Jalbire, in central Nepal, are the place to head for your first canyoning trip to the country. This is slide central with so many fun chutes to ride down that it'll feel more like you're at a water park than heading down stunning natural canyons. To top it off there are all the usual jumps and drops you'd want making Jalbire a hidden gem among the world's best canyoning spots.
The World's Best Canyoning Spots: Kawasasan Falls, Philippines
With inviting turquoise waters and lush jungle vegetation, Kawasan Falls in the Philippines are a tropical canyoning paradise.
When you're canyoning around the world this is one spot where you probably won't need your usual canyoning gear. The Philippines warm waters and hot climate mean you'll get away without a wetsuit and the lower height of the gorges often make abseiling gear unnecessary. You won't find big, techinical features here, this is chilled out, playful canyoning with a big emphasis on fun.
The World's Best Canyoning Spots: Suicide Gorge, South Africa
In South Africa canyoning goes by a different name, kloofing. If you're up for a spot of kloofing then Cape Town is the place to be, giving you easy access to several great canyons including the ominously named Suicide Gorge.
As its title suggests, Suicide Gorge is not for the faint hearted. This is big, scary canyoning that takes some real guts to try out. You can look forward to jumps and slides so high that they'll turn your legs to jelly, giving you the ultimate rush when you hit those deep pools far below.
The World's Best Canyoning Spots: Blue Mountains, Australia
The Australian Blue Mountains are home to some some truly epic canyons. Spotted with prehistoric looking ferns and twisting, narrow gorges, this area seems like it could easily be the setting for the next Jurassic World even though it's just over an hour's drive from Sydney.
This beautiful scenery makes the Blue Mountains a great spot for anyone canyoning around the world. With loads of water fall scrambles, plenty of challenging abseiling and some good sized drops you'll enjoy an amazing gorge walking trip, right in the heart of nature.