Buky Canyon: "Little Switzerland" in the Cherkasy region
We are used to the idea that the best things are abroad. For many years, Ukrainians have been traveling to other countries to see the outstanding architecture, the beauty of waterfalls or the majesty of fjords, without even realizing that we have all of this. Yes, Ukraine is a unique country. No exaggeration. Our homeland is home to no less outstanding sights, castles, lakes, waterfalls and other natural wonders.
Today we are going to tell you about one of the most beautiful places in the Central region - Buky Canyon. It is located just 100 kilometers from Kyiv: near the village of Buky in the Cherkasy region.
What is special about this location?
In the middle of the steppe countryside, where there is not even a hint of mountains, there is a gorge of incredible beauty. Its rocky shores have been skillfully sculpted for years by the turbulent streams of the Hirskyi Tikych River. The reservoir did a great job. Like a sculptor, it carved every inch of the winding hollow and continues to do so every minute.
Scientists assume that the waves have been working on their masterpiece for more than two billion years. This is the age of the granite rocks on the coast. Just imagine, according to scientists, this natural wonder was formed back in the Proterozoic era. By the way, this winding place is home to 86 representatives of flora and fauna, which are listed in the Red Book of Ukraine and the European Red List.
The locals adore their native landscapes, and the location is proudly called the "Little Switzerland." And no wonder. After all, Butsky Canyon is very similar to the Scandinavian fjords. The beauty of the region is impossible to ignore, so in the last century, it was granted the status of a state natural monument. It is also one of the 7 Wonders of Cherkasy region and ranks second, behind only the Kaniv Mountains.
The hollow itself is very narrow. What can we say about its depth? In some places, it reaches 20 meters. It may seem that this is nothing special. But it is not. For the steppe area, it is simply amazing.
The canyon begins with an artificial waterfall, which is formed by a two-meter-high hydroelectric dam. The dam has been out of service for a long time, but this does not prevent the Vyr waterfall from falling down, crumbling into thousands of drops. Nearby is an old water mill built in the XIX century. Only ruins remain of the building, but they harmoniously blend into the local landscape.
Why is it worth visiting a natural wonder in the fall?
This corner of Ukrainian land is perpetually beautiful. Tourists are undeterred by the proximity to a reservoir, drawing them here even during the off-season. At this time of the year, the region transforms into an orange canvas, resembling the work of a naturalist artist. A riot of warm colors prevails, ranging from yellow and red to orange and brown. Even as the leaves fall, revealing the branches of the trees, the landscape remains stunning.
Imagine this scene: an artificial waterfall generates noise nearby, a river flows below, sheltered by mighty rocky banks, and leaves gently descend from above. Standing amidst this beauty with a hot thermos of your favorite drink, you feel a chill in the air. It's time to uncork the flask and pour yourself some tea or aromatic coffee.
It's these simple moments that create lasting memories, coming to life when you revisit the photos.
What to do here in the fall?
Enjoy the beauty of nature and stroll along the steep slopes. You can hire a guide who will share insights into the formation of the canyon and many other interesting facts. It's advisable to book a tour in advance, as even in the off-season, there are plenty of people eager to hear captivating stories.
Indulge in a delicious meal, especially food cooked over an open fire. However, it's important to note that making a fire is prohibited in the protected area. You can do it in the yard of a rented house. Additionally, consider buying fresh produce from local vendors, including vegetables, fruits, fish, and meat.
Consider taking a tent and setting up camp not far from the natural complex. Alternatively, bring a boat to navigate the streams of the Mountain Tikich.
And, of course, don't forget to capture the untouched nature in all its glory with your camera, preserving the memories of this pristine landscape.
How to get there?
You can reach there by car or bus, as there is regular intercity transport from the capital. Depart from the Central Bus Station on the Kyiv-Mankivka bus, and the journey typically takes around 3-4 hours.
For those traveling by car, head towards Zhashkiv on the Kyiv-Odesa highway. From there, take the route to the village of Buky, which is situated after the settlements of Vorone and Chervonyi Kut.
Explore the vast landscapes of our homeland, as they are truly beautiful. Every corner of Ukraine is unique and special. Witnessing the diversity and uniqueness of our motherland is as captivating as exploring Europe.
Earlier, OBOZ.UA told you about the most interesting Ukrainian villages that you can visit this fall.