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Yangikala Canyons

Standing proud as one of Turkmenistan's most prized natural wonders, the vast Yangikala Canyons have put this rarely-visited Central Asian country on the map with their stunning flame-colored, jaw-dropping beauty, and incredibly isolated location in the east of the country. Situated 105 miles north of Balkanabat 100 miles east of Turkmenbashi, the canyons (unlike the Grand Canyon in America that draws inevitable comparisons) was in fact shaped by the Caspian Sea, which passed through here millions of years ago, rather than by a river.

Whilst the nearest major city is Balkanabat, the Yangykala Canyons can be reached from the Turkmen capital of Ashgabat (around six or seven hours away), with the preferred method of transportation over the rugged desert terrain being 4X4 vehicles. As well as taking in the impressive views created by the vibrant pink, yellow, orange and red-colored rock formations, other popular activities here include camping and hiking trips.

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