Canyoning in Progero

Sometimes bright as sunshine, sometimes darkly mystical: canyoning in the Progero inferiore

The Swiss Magadino plain stretches from Bellinzona, the capital of the canton of Ticino, to Lake Maggiore. The region, which is undergoing major changes, is home to one of the most unusual gorges in Ticino: the Valle di Progero canyon. Among canyonists, the canyon, also known as Ri (ale) delle Palme, is affectionately referred to as Progero.

Canyoning in the Progero is demanding, which is due to some peculiarities of the gorge, which has a length of 450 meters and height differences of 190 meters. Despite its opening to sunlight, the gorge can be described as somberly mystical.

How easy or difficult canyoning in Progero is also depends in a special way on the weather and the water levels. In stormless dry periods you can concentrate here entirely on the disciplines of canyoning, i.e. abseiling, jumping, sliding and climbing.

On other days, wind and water contribute to the fact that the level of difficulty of canyoning in the Progero increases because the rock is slippery or a storm has cut branches that now need to be overcome. Which brings us to an absolutely special feature of this outdoor experience: the gorge created in light granite stone got its second name "Riale delle Palme" because tropical palm trees actually grow in it.

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Every time different, but always exciting: Canyoning Expert in the Progero

The entry into the gorge takes place after a half-hour hike. You already have your equipment with you, which we provide free of charge. After a short repetition of all important safety precautions, the actual canyoning in the Progero inferiore begins. Prepare yourself for many easy and moderate obstacles as well as high roaring waterfalls and wonderful abseiling points!

The Progero canyoning experience is carried out by us at the Expert level. In plain language this means that you should already have sufficient experience in canyoning if you want to register for the tour. In individual cases we can deviate from this if you are already doing similar sports and neither physical nor mental impairments speak against it.

You can register for the tour individually, in groups or as a family. Your children should, however, be in their prime teenage years, i.e. at least 16 years old. If, contrary to expectations, it should happen that the tour turns out to be too difficult for one of you, there is still the opportunity to get off halfway.

As a rule, however, we all reach the last part together, in which we can admire the palm trees mentioned. After the last beautiful slide, a metal staircase shows us that the end of an impressive and challenging canyoning tour in Ticino has been reached.

Everything at a glance

For people with experience and experts 

Have you already experienced a basic canyoning tour or an advanced canyoning tour? You already know the fascination of the emerald green water, the glittering granite rocks and the indescribable natural backdrop? Can you abseil?

Then come with us on a canyoning expert tour.

Weather and water level influences play a major role in canyons in this category. For security reasons, we therefore reserve the right to change the tour or location at short notice. The best thing to do is to let our canyoning team advise you on an extreme canyoning tour by telephone.

Experience level
required previous knowledge
  • Planning and implementation of the canyoning tour
  • Coordination of the canyoning event on site
  • Support from certified purelements employees (certified canyoning guides)
  • Guide-guest ratio is a maximum of 1: 7
  • No time pressure!
  • Special equipment required for the tour
  • Photo service
  • Own safety standards for canyoning

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Expert, Pro or Basic: Choose exactly the canyoning experience that suits you!

Canyoning in the Progero may seem easy at first glance, but there are reasons why our experienced guides carry out the tours on different levels. So if you are not sure whether a canyoning tour in the Riale delle Palme is right for you, you are welcome to contact us for personal advice.

You are at the expert level if you have already completed several of our canyoning experiences at the basic and pro levels. You know that you can rely on yourself and your strength. And you are an excellent team player that we and the other participants can also rely on.

After all, canyoning is not just any sport that we do. Canyonists see themselves worldwide as a community in which everyone is welcome who has discovered the love of extreme sports and the secluded gorges, in which we often spend hours, and who would like to share it with others.

If you prefer a tour on which your guide can fully adjust to you, this is also possible with our private canyoning guides. You can register online for all available courses and levels directly. For special requests and concerns, simply contact us by phone or email. We look forward to seeing you in the next canyon!