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Located in the Sinai mountain range, this renowned hiking and trekking destination draws thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. Continue reading to learn more about this intriguing Egyptian region.

The “red country” and the “black land”; white sands and vivid blue skies; the smooth curve of the dunes and the perfect angles of the pyramids — Egypt is a place of opposites. The centre and coastal portions of the Sinai Peninsula are regarded to be a huge, uninterrupted expanse of desert plains and arid hills.

Surprisingly, this region also contains one of Egypt’s most remarkable natural features: the Colored Canyon. Egypt’s Colored Canyon is the product of past ocean activity over the now-dry peninsula.

History

The Sinai Peninsula remained hidden beneath the surface of the Red Sea millions of years ago, and when the waters receded, they carved out vast grooves in the terrain, resulting in what is now known as the Colored Canyon, Egypt.

The canyon shows tourists the spectacular evidence of this timeless natural activity, as well as the canyon walls’ composition, which is predominantly a combination of sandstone and limestone in a wide range of tones, colours, and hues.

Hiking and Trekking

Hikers and backpackers have been walking through the Sinai desert and mountains for decades, with the majority of them following in the footsteps of ancient traders, pilgrims, and locals.

Although some of these “wadis” or canyons can be difficult to find or visit, the Colored Canyon is easily accessible by automobile from Dahab, Sharm El Sheikh, and Taba.

Once you’ve driven as far as you can in a vehicle, you’ll discover that the hills are only a short walk away.

The contrasting textures of rugged and softly formed stones, as well as the numerous depths of colour and sheen, make Colored Canyon Egypt a popular photography destination.

The Colored Canyon reaches a height of over sixteen stories in some places, creating dramatic light and shadow effects and giving the entire location an eerie, ancient feel.

The village of Nuweiba is the closest town to the Colored Canyon on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. This is a modest hamlet in comparison to some of the other towns along the “Red Sea Riviera,” but it is an excellent site to locate very experienced local Bedouin guides who are more than eager to give guests educational tours of the canyon and its surroundings.