Bosnian Colorado: Fascinating Sand Pyramids

Bosnian Colorado: Fascinating Sand Pyramids

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Whether a water enthusiast who comes to experience the rafting on the Tara and Drina River or a passionate hiker and biker who opts for the National Park Sutjeska and Europe’s last jungle – Perućica, there is one more must-see place in this part of the Balkans. Although known as home of Bosnia's highest peak - Mt. Maglić and Mt. Zelengora, the most beautiful mountain of Bosnia & Herzegovina, this region hides also one intriguing natural wonder – Sand Pyramids. Looking more like a scenery from the Wild West than green Bosnia, these Sand Pyramids are a genuine masterpiece of nature. A rare and unique phenomenon, as well as nature reserve will unveil a totally unexpected side of this country. So, let’s discover together the fascinating Sand Pyramids also called Bosnian Colorado.

A rarely seen geo-morphological phenomenon

Picture © credits to Tourism board of Foča
Picture © credits to Tourism board of Foča

Located only nine kilometres from Foča, you will find the Sand Pyramids on the right side of the road to Sarajevo, in the village called Daničići. “Pješčane piramide”, as the locals call them, were formed of sandy clay through the process of erosion that took place over the centuries. Taken away by rain, wind, frost and summer heat, one part of the soil was eroded, while the stronger cliffs resisted. As a result of the partial erosion, a rarely seen geo-morphological phenomenon of interesting shapes was created. Rising from the broad foundations, these pyramid-shaped rocks become thinner towards the top, and some of them are up to 20 meters high. Actually, the process of erosion is still ongoing, so the Sand Pyramids are constantly reshaping and growing every day. 

Reminiscent of the Colorado pyramids 

Picture © credits to Tourism board of Foča
Picture © credits to Tourism board of Foča

For the first time mentioned during the Austro-Hungarian rule over Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Sand Pyramids are probably more than 200 years old. Even the Austro-Hungarians were astonished by this extraordinary nature’s wonder and decided to preserve it. Being a rarity that can be found only in five other countries in the world, these sand dunes are reminiscent of the Colorado pyramids in the Garden of the Gods. Also, the Dolomites in Italy and the Devil’s Town in Serbia have something in common with this Bosnian Colorado. Being exceptionally attractive, this locality has been used as a shooting scene for two films -“Captain Lesi” in 1960 and “Winnetou” in 1963.

A masterpiece of nature

After a short detour from Foča and driving towards the village Daničići, where the Sand Pyramids are situated, the scenery will be quite typical for Bosnia – a rather rich mountainous environment complemented by the beautiful Drina and Tara Rivers. But once you arrive at the destination, this masterpiece of nature will suddenly emerge in front of your eyes. There will be no other tourists, just you and photogenic Bosnian Colorado. So, don’t forget to bring your camera. One thing is sure, you will be taken by surprise and asking yourself how these fascinating Sand Pyramids could be so well hidden in Europe’s last undiscovered gem

Sand Pyramids near Foča
Sand Pyramids near Foča
Daničići, Bosnie-Herzégovine

Cover picture © credits to Tourism board of Foča

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Ljiljana Krejic

Ljiljana Krejic

I am Ljiljana, from Bosnia & Herzegovina. Being a journalist, I can't escape from that perspective when travelling. My mission is to make you explore the last Europe’s undiscovered gem.

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