Canyoning in Ticino

The rather small but absolutely unique Ticino will offer you a great and unforgettable experience in the world famous canyoning paradise!

Behind the canyoning tours in Ticino from Purelements stands the common vision to give you an unique and unforgettable experience. Our tours take you into a mystical, absolutely natural, wild and sometimes challenging landscape. Abseiling, jumping, sliding down waterfalls, the view of these enormously high walls, white polished granite and crystal clear water, all this is awaiting you.

The sunny canton nearby the Lago Maggiore offers an almost unlimited selection of beautiful canyons. Stable weather, catching local joie de vivre and experienced international and local canyoning guides ensure an all-round successful day. But this is not the only reason why canyoning fans from all over the world travel to southern Switzerland, also the leisure activities in the mountains of the Maggia Valley and above all on the Lago Maggiore are a guarantee for lasting memories.

There are numerous ways to conquer a canyon, it is you who decides how far you want to leave your comfort zone. Your safety and your pleasure in this activity is the first priority for our professional team.

We are looking forward to taking you to this unique wonderland!

Your Canyoning beginning.


White granite, crystal clear water, warming sunbeams, which penetrate through the chestnut forests around the Lake Maggiore and you are right in the middle of it! Right in the middle of this breathtaking nature. As a canyoning beginner in the Eldorado Ticino you will receive all the necessary information and training before the start of your canyoning tour. Optimal preparation for the amazing fun in the Canyons of the Ticino is guaranteed by the experienced, international and local canyoning guides. After an initial safety briefing at the car park or at our outdoor base, we will equip you with your personal safety equipment for canyoning.

Those Canyons in Ticino which are suitable for beginners usually start with a short ascent. Once we have reached the top, there will be further safety briefings and you will be taught all the necessary skills to abseil independently, means on your own. We make the independent abseiling already an important aspect of our canyoning tours for beginners is. Good abseiling skills are the basis for all further adventures in the more advanced canyons in Ticino. When we have completed the abseiling training, we start into the crystal-clear water, that is what Ticino is known for. The canyoning fun is now ready to begin! Jumping, sliding, abseiling, all kind of action is included and yet we can absorb the peace and wildness of these breathtaking landscapes in the southernmost canton of Switzerland.

Jumping and sliding into the deep and shining Granit pools are always optional, as well as for the Canyoning Tours for beginners in Ticino, as well as our intermediate Canyoning tours in Bavaria. Through perfect preparation, a good cooperation and a perfect choice of canyons, the day and your canyoning experience will surely be a pleasure.

Families and children? With our “Canyoning family” tours we offer special canyoning adventure tours for families and children. The canyoning beginner’s tour is also ideal for groups and bachelor parties.

What our guests say::


“Two super canyoning tours in Ticino. Despite the mixed group you managed to make it a great experience for everyone. Everyone felt safe and comfortable at all times. Thanks for your great effort, we’ll be back.

Karina, Iris, Frank, Andreas und Steffi aus NRW


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Intermediate Canyoning Trip for advanced and fit first time Canyoneers!

You’ve done canyoning with us before or anywhere else in the world? You are sporty, and you have brave friends? Then up! The Ticino canyons are getting longer, the gorges on the southern side of the Alps deeper and the experience greater!

We encounter rushing waterfalls and untouched nature in Ticino. We enjoy the fresh waterpools and the playful rock formations of nature around Bellinzona. The demand for, increases with each step we venture into the gorge below the Gotthard Pass with its glittering rock walls. But we are prepared, have trained abseiling, practiced the perfect jumping position and are ready to absorb all these impressions in their purest form in us.

Our canyoning action tours in Ticino are ideal as a continuation to the Level basic and for sporty or advanced beginners. As our highest entry level, canyoning pro in Ticino is perfect for those who want more and also serves as a preparation for our experienced and experts canyoning tours, Canyoning Camps and the worldwide canyoning trips.

The sunny canton at the Lago Maggiore offers an almost unlimited selection of beautiful, action-packed, sporty canyoning tours and is perfectly located and easy to reach from Zurich, Lucerne or Milan. Stable weather, local joie de vivre and experienced international and local canyoning guides ensure an all-round successful day. But this is not the only reason why canyoning fans from all over the world travel to southern Switzerland, also the leisure activities in the mountains of the Valle Maggia and above all on the Lago Maggiore are a guarantee for lasting memories.

Our special safety briefings, briefings and trainings accompany you as with the beginner canyoning basic all day. Therefore, you are welcome to start as the first canyoning tour in Ticino with the Level pro. Ideal as an idea or surprise for a bachelor party.

What our guests say:


“Everything fits into the picture, from my first general inquiry, to the booking, the planning, the implementation, and finally to the photos: Absolutely great and always natural but professional work, you are really a great team !!!”

Achim Raudszus, Diplom-Verwaltungswirt, Oberhausen, Summer 2015

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Ticino at its best!

Extrem Canyoning for Pros and experienced Canyoneers!

Have you already experienced basic Canyoning Tour or a Canyoning Tour for advanced experienced? You already know the fascination of the emerald green water, the glittering granite rocks and the indescribable natural scenery? You can rappel yourself?

Join us in canyoning gorges of the Eldorado Ticino, which will simply amaze you. We take you to the most beautiful and impressive Canyons across Europe. Our local, worldwide experienced canyoning guides select the gorge with you and according to your wishes, just like on all our canyoning tours. Canyoning for professionals and repeaters is characterized by high abseiling points and waterfalls, challenging water passages and deep cut-in gorges in Ticino granite. Jumps and slides are also optional for tours in the Level expert.

At canyons in this category, weather and water level influences play an important role. According to safety reasons we therefore reserve the right to change the tour or the location at short notice. It´s best thing to ask our international and highly-trained canyoning team for an extreme canyoning tour by phone.

What our guests say:

“2 days, 2 canyons, 2 well-trained guides. We felt optimally cared for, equipment in top condition, the canyons were very nice, everything together makes us want more, we will definitely be back. purelements can be recommended without hesitation.”

Ernst Busch, Police Officer, Spremberg, Summer 2011

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Canyoning family

The adventure for families and kids in Switzerland!

Your family experiences an exciting day on and in the element water with you and friends. Laughing children, brave parents – splashing together and drifting in the truest sense. Dare jumps and slide down smooth polished granite cliffs, fun and excitement won’t be short here at the Lago Maggiore.

Our goal is to provide you with a unique experience that will delight not only you but your children as well will find joy and enthusiasm. That’s why the Family Canyoning Trip in Ticino is beginner tour tailored to the needs of families with children. Your family will be well prepared for the following canyoning challenge in the gorges of the Ticino by short, child-friendly instructions and age-appropriate dry trainings and instructions.

Special wetsuits as protection for the children and adults provide optimal conditions for splashing in the gorge. Our child-friendly canyoning guides patiently support the young canyonists’ thirst for discovery and experience. And if you want to become a real canyonaut, take every opportunity to practice, discover and enjoy.

Canyoning with children is possible in Switzerland from the age of six. The gorges around Bellinzona and in the Valle Maggia offer many alternatives – even leaving out sections is possible. Besides canyoning for families in Ticino, Canyoning tours with children in nearby Vorarlberg, Tyrol and Italy are possible with us.

That’s what families say:

“The Canyoning tour was great. Ideal for children too, recommended for families, new experiences and sometimes beyond its limits, Wendy is very good with children, we like to do it again or try something different, like one cave tour. “

Hans Jacob, Key Account Manager, Rottenburg, Summer 2010

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Disability? No problem!

Swiss Canyoning barrier-free!

For many people with disabilities it seems difficult to participate in a canyoning tour in Switzerland. We encourage everyone who wants to join in this amazing experience to take this step.

For many years, it has been important to us, to take and support people into the exciting outdoors, who otherwise would not have the opportunity to take part in such tours yet. There are challenges for every human being, together we will master them and and the day will become an unforgettable experience. We strive for a maximum of accessibility in our programs and look forward to having a great time in the Ticino gorges with you. Many canyoning tours with participants with different restrictions and disabilities in Ticino, Allgaeu and in many other canyons of the world, have shown us the real potential of adaptive canyoning.

We advise you gladly and in detail to participate at a canyoning tour in one of the beautiful gorges of southern Switzerland.

Do you feel like skiing? Then take a look at our barrier-free winter offer in our adaptive ski school on.

Helicanyoning in Ticino

A short trip to the Canyoning Mekka

Let’s go for a weekend of heli canyoning in the “Canyoning Mecca Ticino”. No other country has such a high density of beautiful canyons. That is why Ticino is our second home! This short canyoning adventure trip is especially for all sporty people who just can’t get enough of canyoning. Together we spend the night on Friday evening on a camping site in Cugnasco. Well strengthened we start the adventurous weekend on Saturday. Together we conquer an impressive gorge to prepare you well for your heli adventure. After the tour we get our backpacks ready for the next day and we will end the evening in a convivial atmosphere. On Sunday we start early at dawn. We drive to the airfield, from here a helicopter with all our equipment takes us to the starting point of the canyon. After a short equipment check and a snack you can expect about 50 to 70 waterfalls, slides in all variations and jumps up to 18 m! As with all our tours, jumping and sliding are only an option and absolutely not obligatory, these passages can always be rappeled down. Don’t miss out this Canyoning-Highlights and discover yourself!

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☑︎ expert – for pros and expert canyoneers

☑︎ pro – for fit beginners, intermediate and advanced canyoning lovers

basic – for beginner and cautios canyoneer

Requirements for heli Canyoning in Ticino:

  • A good health condition. Health impairments are taken into account during tour planning. Restrictions on vertigo and swimming skills also.
  • Minimum age: approx. 16 years, also younger when accompanied by a parent.

Available period: June to October

Number of participants:at least 4 persons

Arrival/Departure: on one’s own account

Basecamp: Park Camping Riarena, 6516 Cugnasco

Alimentation: on one’s own account, cooking together, if necessary

Guiding/Event languages:

  • 🇩🇪 german
  • 🇬🇧 english 🇺🇸
  • 🇮🇹 italien

on request possible 🇳🇱 dutch and 🇫🇷 french

Canyoningweekend with a heli flight € 549,- per person



  • Planning and implementation of the short adventurous Canyoningweekend
  • Support by certified purelements employees (certified Canyonguides)
  • Special equipment incl. helmet, harness and wetsuit
  • 2 Canyoningtouren
  • 2 nights in your own tent at camping Riarena
  • Helicopter flight on Sunday to the entrance of the gorge
  • Photo Service
  • 30.06. – 02.07.2017
  • 29.06. – 01.07.2018

Arrival on day 1 to 22:00. The program will end on the last day at about 16:00. Due to the length of the tour we recommend the departure on the following day of the end of the program.

Extradates on request