Thursday, September 16, 2010

Ngarai Sianok

Sianok canyon is a steep valley (cliff) located in the border town of Bukittinggi, with District IV Koto, Agam regency, West Sumatra. The valley is elongated and meandering as the southern border town of Koto Gadang canyon until the canyon Sianok Six Tribe, and ends up Palupuh. Sianok canyon has beautiful scenery and become one of the major tourist provinces.

This gap within approximately 100 m stretches along 15 km with a width of approximately 200 m and is part of the fault that separates the island of Sumatra in half lengthwise (Fault Semangko). This fault forms a steep wall, even perpendicular and form a green valley - the result of decreased movement of earth crust (sinklinal) - who fed bars Sianok (mean stem of the river, in the Minangkabau language) where the water is clear. In the Dutch colonial era, this gap also called buffalo sanget, because of the many free-living wild buffalo in the bottom of the canyon.

Sianok rod can now be forded by using the canoe and kayak yg disaranai by a water sports organization "Qurays". The route taken is from village to village Sitingkai Lambah Stem Palupuh for about 3.5 hours. At the edges still found many rare plants such as Rafflesia and medicinal plants. The fauna found such long-tailed monkeys, gibbons, hoop, deer, wild boar, leopard, and tapirs.

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