Sianok Canyon in Mandiangin Koto Selayan Sub-District, Indonesia
When people hear about Grand Canyon, they may think about a popular tourist spot located in Arizona, United States. Well, Bukittinggi City also has a similar natural attraction called Sianok Canyon though. It resides in Pulai Anak Air Village and belongs to Mandiangin Koto Selayan Sub-District. This steep valley is popular among both locals and outsiders due to its majestic scenery and amazing landscape, actually. People come to the site in order to enjoy sightseeing, photography, and exploration. Somehow, it is suitable for relaxation as well.
Sianok Canyon has a valley with the depth of approximately 100 meters. In terms of length, it is around 15 km! Also, it has the width of 200 meters. The fact is that it is the part of Semangko Fragment (which separates Sumatra Island). In terms of nuance, the canyon features unspoiled green valley formed due to the synclinal movement of the earth. Below, tourists can also find Batang Sianok (Sianok River) with crystal clear freshwater. During the colonial era, actually, this place was called Karbouwengat due to the fact that there were many wild buffalos living on the site back then.
Exploring Sianok Canyon
Sianok Canyon is considered a hidden paradise of Sumatra Island. No wonder, it has a flawless beauty and has been visited by lots of nature lovers over time. These people won’t forget to carry a camera when visiting the site, as they want to collect beautiful pictures there. Somehow, the canyon becomes a good background for selfies as well. The panorama is amazing and the weather is refreshing. What can beat this combination? Not only visitors can enjoy photography, the can also take advantage of the nuance for eradicating stresses.
Relaxation becomes tourists’ priority when visiting Sianok Canyon indeed. This explains why many people also call it “Lembah Pendiam” or the Quiet Valley. Aside from the serenity, it impresses visitors with the songs of the birds and the sound of gurgling water of the river. What is more? For those who love more challenging activities, they can enjoy numerous fun activities like mountain biking, canoeing, and trekking! One thing, tourists should come with a good stamina when heading to the site.
These days, people come to Sianok Canyon to enjoy canoeing the most. This activity becomes more popular over time, after all. Thanks to a local water sports organization called “Qurays”. Everyone can enjoy such fun activity comfortably and safely. As an alternative, an exploration is also recommended. Tourists can even meet various plants and animals including wild boar, deer, and many others!
- Lobang Jepang
- Tuanku Imam Bonjol Monument
- Bukittinggi City
- Janjang Koto Gadang
- Janjang 40
- Bung Hatta Monument
How to Get There
It is considered easy to get to Sianok Canyon. From Padang City, tourists' first destination is Mandiangin Koto Selayan Sub-District. Next, they only need to visit Pulai Anak Air Village. The whole trip takes about 2 hours and 39 minutes, as the distance is 95.7 km. One thing, tourists can take advantage of Lintas Barat Sumatra Street for a faster trip.
Where to Stay
- Pusako Hotel
- Graha Muslim Hotel
- Mitra Arena Hotel