For our first experience of canyoning, our guide has taken us the Val Grande canyon in Vallemaggia. Having a good guide is the only way to enjoy amateur canyoning safely and under the right conditions. Canyoning tours generally last half a day. No need to bring any special gear: all we need is provided on-site. Our tour starts in the morning. A quick welcome is followed by some basic training. We then walk up to the starting point of our canyoning adventure. It takes us about forty minutes to get there, but on the way we get some great views and even come across some animals, like goats and ponies. On arrival, we put on the special gear provided: neoprene wetsuit and socks, helmets, canyoning shoes and harnesses. We're now ready to walk in the footsteps of the very first canyoneers, the French speleologists who explored (scientifically) the remote gorges of Verdon in the early 1900s. As we go deeper into the canyon, sliding down natural water chutes, jumping into pools under the waterfalls, and scrambling from one rock to another, it's easy to think we're in Amazonia.