Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt – a day Trip to the Coloured Canyon

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt – a day Trip to the Coloured Canyon

In the middle of our stay in #SharmElSheikh, the travel itch hit us so we took a 4x4 ride and drove to the surreal #ColouredCanyon. As we were already in the historic and religious gem that #MountSinai is, we made sure to visit #SaintCatherinesMonastery.


The Coloured Canyons of Egypt

After a week of exploring the Pyramids of Giza and the overwhelming temples of Egypt, we booked ourselves a fabulous hotel in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt so we could do “nothing” for a while. But after a few languorous days at the beach, we were compelled to scratch the travel itch once again.

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We hopped over to the local market and booked ourselves on an excursion of The Coloured Canyon in Egypt. We hadn’t heard of this natural wonder before booking our holiday to Sharm-El-Sheikh, but a cursory mention by our hotel’s reception got us curious. Early next morning, a rugged jeep picked us up for the drive to The Coloured Canyon. I vividly remember the drive – the 4X4 drove through endless stretches of arid desert. There was nothing and no one around. Every twenty kilometres, we would see a lone bedouin raise his hand to wish us a good day. We got accustomed to this rather quickly, almost entranced by the monotony of the parched landscape.

The drive to The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsThe inevitable peril of empty roads© Bruised PassportsArid yet spectacular landscape© Bruised PassportsCafe anyone? Don’t be fooled by the “Lavazza” sign, goat’s milk and shisha were the only things on the menu© Bruised PassportsThe imposing St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsVid and I at St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsSurreal rock formations at The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsOur Bedouin guide, Salim, made the experience so much fun for us© Bruised PassportsExciting crevices and mazes at The Coloured Canyon, Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt© Bruised PassportsSalim, our Bedouin guide, taught me the “correct” way of sliding on sand-dunes – what fun!© Bruised PassportsVid spent a long time contemplating the panoramas© Bruised Passports
The drive to The Coloured Canyon
The drive to The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsThe inevitable peril of empty roads© Bruised PassportsArid yet spectacular landscape© Bruised PassportsCafe anyone? Don’t be fooled by the “Lavazza” sign, goat’s milk and shisha were the only things on the menu© Bruised PassportsThe imposing St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsVid and I at St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsSurreal rock formations at The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsOur Bedouin guide, Salim, made the experience so much fun for us© Bruised PassportsExciting crevices and mazes at The Coloured Canyon, Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt© Bruised PassportsSalim, our Bedouin guide, taught me the “correct” way of sliding on sand-dunes – what fun!© Bruised PassportsVid spent a long time contemplating the panoramas© Bruised Passports
The inevitable peril of empty roads
The drive to The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsThe inevitable peril of empty roads© Bruised PassportsArid yet spectacular landscape© Bruised PassportsCafe anyone? Don’t be fooled by the “Lavazza” sign, goat’s milk and shisha were the only things on the menu© Bruised PassportsThe imposing St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsVid and I at St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsSurreal rock formations at The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsOur Bedouin guide, Salim, made the experience so much fun for us© Bruised PassportsExciting crevices and mazes at The Coloured Canyon, Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt© Bruised PassportsSalim, our Bedouin guide, taught me the “correct” way of sliding on sand-dunes – what fun!© Bruised PassportsVid spent a long time contemplating the panoramas© Bruised Passports
Arid yet spectacular landscape
The drive to The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsThe inevitable peril of empty roads© Bruised PassportsArid yet spectacular landscape© Bruised PassportsCafe anyone? Don’t be fooled by the “Lavazza” sign, goat’s milk and shisha were the only things on the menu© Bruised PassportsThe imposing St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsVid and I at St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsSurreal rock formations at The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsOur Bedouin guide, Salim, made the experience so much fun for us© Bruised PassportsExciting crevices and mazes at The Coloured Canyon, Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt© Bruised PassportsSalim, our Bedouin guide, taught me the “correct” way of sliding on sand-dunes – what fun!© Bruised PassportsVid spent a long time contemplating the panoramas© Bruised Passports
Cafe anyone? Don’t be fooled by the “Lavazza” sign, goat’s milk and shisha were the only things on the menu

Over 150 kilometres later, we reached our first stop – St. Catherine’s Monastery, where Moses received the 10 Commandments . The imposing structure is located at the foot of Mt. Sinai and is impressive in every sense of the word. Take a look.

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The imposing structure is located at the foot of Mt. Sinai and is impressive in every sense of the word.
The drive to The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsThe inevitable peril of empty roads© Bruised PassportsArid yet spectacular landscape© Bruised PassportsCafe anyone? Don’t be fooled by the “Lavazza” sign, goat’s milk and shisha were the only things on the menu© Bruised PassportsThe imposing St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsVid and I at St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsSurreal rock formations at The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsOur Bedouin guide, Salim, made the experience so much fun for us© Bruised PassportsExciting crevices and mazes at The Coloured Canyon, Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt© Bruised PassportsSalim, our Bedouin guide, taught me the “correct” way of sliding on sand-dunes – what fun!© Bruised PassportsVid spent a long time contemplating the panoramas© Bruised Passports
The imposing St. Catherine’s Monastery
The drive to The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsThe inevitable peril of empty roads© Bruised PassportsArid yet spectacular landscape© Bruised PassportsCafe anyone? Don’t be fooled by the “Lavazza” sign, goat’s milk and shisha were the only things on the menu© Bruised PassportsThe imposing St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsVid and I at St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsSurreal rock formations at The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsOur Bedouin guide, Salim, made the experience so much fun for us© Bruised PassportsExciting crevices and mazes at The Coloured Canyon, Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt© Bruised PassportsSalim, our Bedouin guide, taught me the “correct” way of sliding on sand-dunes – what fun!© Bruised PassportsVid spent a long time contemplating the panoramas© Bruised Passports
Vid and I at St. Catherine’s Monastery

We spent a long time examining religious artifacts at the Monastery but soon it was time to take to the road again. We picked up a Bedouin guide on the way and found ourselves at The Coloured Canyon in no time.

Here steep valleys of limestone, sandstone, and granite have acquired surreal colours due to unique geological changes. As we went deeper and deeper into The Coloured Canyon, we saw intricate swirls of flaming red intertwined with stark yellows, glistening golds, and deep purples. The stunning rock formations are a reminder of the fact that sometimes nature is really the greatest artist out there. With the help of our Bedouin guide, we climbed over walls and crawled into crevices. We spent over two hours at The Coloured Canyon with the sun beating down on us, but it was worth it. The sights were spectacular but it was the sounds (or the lack of them!) that made the place truly spellbinding.

The stunning rock formations are a reminder of the fact that sometimes nature is really the greatest artist 
The drive to The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsThe inevitable peril of empty roads© Bruised PassportsArid yet spectacular landscape© Bruised PassportsCafe anyone? Don’t be fooled by the “Lavazza” sign, goat’s milk and shisha were the only things on the menu© Bruised PassportsThe imposing St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsVid and I at St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsSurreal rock formations at The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsOur Bedouin guide, Salim, made the experience so much fun for us© Bruised PassportsExciting crevices and mazes at The Coloured Canyon, Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt© Bruised PassportsSalim, our Bedouin guide, taught me the “correct” way of sliding on sand-dunes – what fun!© Bruised PassportsVid spent a long time contemplating the panoramas© Bruised Passports
Surreal rock formations at The Coloured Canyon
The drive to The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsThe inevitable peril of empty roads© Bruised PassportsArid yet spectacular landscape© Bruised PassportsCafe anyone? Don’t be fooled by the “Lavazza” sign, goat’s milk and shisha were the only things on the menu© Bruised PassportsThe imposing St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsVid and I at St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsSurreal rock formations at The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsOur Bedouin guide, Salim, made the experience so much fun for us© Bruised PassportsExciting crevices and mazes at The Coloured Canyon, Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt© Bruised PassportsSalim, our Bedouin guide, taught me the “correct” way of sliding on sand-dunes – what fun!© Bruised PassportsVid spent a long time contemplating the panoramas© Bruised Passports
Our Bedouin guide, Salim, made the experience so much fun for us
The drive to The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsThe inevitable peril of empty roads© Bruised PassportsArid yet spectacular landscape© Bruised PassportsCafe anyone? Don’t be fooled by the “Lavazza” sign, goat’s milk and shisha were the only things on the menu© Bruised PassportsThe imposing St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsVid and I at St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsSurreal rock formations at The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsOur Bedouin guide, Salim, made the experience so much fun for us© Bruised PassportsExciting crevices and mazes at The Coloured Canyon, Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt© Bruised PassportsSalim, our Bedouin guide, taught me the “correct” way of sliding on sand-dunes – what fun!© Bruised PassportsVid spent a long time contemplating the panoramas© Bruised Passports
Exciting crevices and mazes at The Coloured Canyon, Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt
The drive to The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsThe inevitable peril of empty roads© Bruised PassportsArid yet spectacular landscape© Bruised PassportsCafe anyone? Don’t be fooled by the “Lavazza” sign, goat’s milk and shisha were the only things on the menu© Bruised PassportsThe imposing St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsVid and I at St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsSurreal rock formations at The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsOur Bedouin guide, Salim, made the experience so much fun for us© Bruised PassportsExciting crevices and mazes at The Coloured Canyon, Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt© Bruised PassportsSalim, our Bedouin guide, taught me the “correct” way of sliding on sand-dunes – what fun!© Bruised PassportsVid spent a long time contemplating the panoramas© Bruised Passports
Salim, our Bedouin guide, taught me the “correct” way of sliding on sand-dunes – what fun!
The drive to The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsThe inevitable peril of empty roads© Bruised PassportsArid yet spectacular landscape© Bruised PassportsCafe anyone? Don’t be fooled by the “Lavazza” sign, goat’s milk and shisha were the only things on the menu© Bruised PassportsThe imposing St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsVid and I at St. Catherine’s Monastery© Bruised PassportsSurreal rock formations at The Coloured Canyon© Bruised PassportsOur Bedouin guide, Salim, made the experience so much fun for us© Bruised PassportsExciting crevices and mazes at The Coloured Canyon, Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt© Bruised PassportsSalim, our Bedouin guide, taught me the “correct” way of sliding on sand-dunes – what fun!© Bruised PassportsVid spent a long time contemplating the panoramas© Bruised Passports
Vid spent a long time contemplating the panoramas
Our friend Eli and I on our jeep – that’s how we roll!© Bruised PassportsVid and I with our guides© Bruised PassportsThe excursion ended with a hearty meal at a local restaurant© Bruised Passports
Our friend Eli and I on our jeep – that’s how we roll!
Our friend Eli and I on our jeep – that’s how we roll!© Bruised PassportsVid and I with our guides© Bruised PassportsThe excursion ended with a hearty meal at a local restaurant© Bruised Passports
Vid and I with our guides
Our friend Eli and I on our jeep – that’s how we roll!© Bruised PassportsVid and I with our guides© Bruised PassportsThe excursion ended with a hearty meal at a local restaurant© Bruised Passports
The excursion ended with a hearty meal at a local restaurant


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