Waking up at 5am after a night out in Vegas may seem like a bad idea, but it’s totally worth it when you’re about to meet another member of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World family, the Grand Canyon.

Of the Seven Natural Wonders, we’ve so far seen the Harbor at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Today we added the Grand Canyon and, if we’re lucky enough, we’ll add the Northern Lights in February, so that’s 4 out 7 – leaving the Paricutin Volcano, the Great Barrier Reef and Mount Everest.

So let’s chat about the Canyon. The Grand Canyon is situated in the Grand Canyon National Park in the US state of Arizona but the Hualapai Tribal Nation owns the land. Technically, the park isn’t part of the US as state law no longer applies when you enter the park. Should you commit a crime on their land, you’ll be sent to their tribal court (and heaven knows what may happen to you then).

The Canyon is carved out by the Colorado River and is 277 miles (446km) long, 18 miles (29km) wide and over a mile deep. Nearly 2 billion years of geological history have been exposed in the Canyon and it’s still being debated exactly how old the Canyon really is.

Today we visited the West Rim of the Canyon where we had the privilege of taking a helicopter tour over and into the Canyon. The helicopter dropped us off inside the Canyon where we boarded a boat to explore the Colorado River and the Canyon floor. Andre even got to steer the boat for a while and as the river is seen as “no man’s land” or, as Andre likes to call it, “international waters”, it made the experience so much cooler. We had about an hour and a half on the river before the Helicopter picked us up and took us back to the landing zone.

We then popped in at the Skywalk. The Skywalk is a U-shaped glass-floor walkway on the edge of the canyon where you can see the vertical drop into the canyon like no other. Walking on the Skywalk requires special shoe covers and you may not take your own photos  on the Skywalk as some tourists dropped their phones and cameras into the Canyon.

Here are some photos of the day: