Looking more like a scenery from the Wild West than green Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Sand Pyramids are a genuine masterpiece of nature; a rare and unique phenomenon, as well as nature reserve will unveil a totally unexpected side of this country. So, let’s discover together the fascinating Sand Pyramids also called the “Bosnian Colorado”.
Located on the ninth kilometer of the road Foca – Miljevina – Sarajevo, you will find the Sand Pyramids on the right side of the road to Sarajevo, in the village called Danicici in Pirni do near Foca. Aside from local, village roads, there are two ways to get there: via the main road M18 through Miljevina (the alternative is through the village Stovic) or via the main road M20 from the direction of Foca which is also the road in a far better condition than the first one. Those who already visited the location, suggest you to study maps before the visit, although local authorities in Foca recently set over 20 signposts to ensure that those who are here for the first time will not go in the wrong direction. Namely, local authorities implemented a landscaping project of the location, put the info table providing some details about this location, fence and a sightseeing point, as well as a 20-kilometer-long cycling trail that connects Foca with the pyramids.
The best is to visit the Sand Pyramids during a nice day and avoid rainy days due to poor road conditions leading to this location as during a rain event there could be horrible muddy and flooded sections. There are lots of driveways and roads going off so stay straight and on the main road. The path that leads to Pyramids is interesting and funny because of cows and ships standing on the way so drive slowly.
Once you get to the location, you should know that there is no parking, no toilet and no restaurants or cafes to sit and take a break, so it is the best to visit the Sand Pyramids as you pass by this area, on your way to Visegrad, the National Park Sutjeska or if you are going for the Tara Canyon rafting. For best pictures try to visit the location before 13,00hrs because the sun is on the opposite side.
Although the front of the pyramids is the most photogenic part, their actual size and impressiveness are much easier to see if you climb the wooden stairs to a small sightseeing spot that gives a beautiful view over their backside and the valley that makes them look even much more monumental. In addition to the pyramids themselves, nature in this area was generous in terms of flora and aside from the most colorful types of flowers, you will see unusual trees, some of which seem archaic, almost prehistoric.
The site could be potentially dangerous due to erosion and fragility of structures, so be careful, especially if you approach the edges of a cliff. Another important information coming from locals in this area is that aside from this site that lately tourists visit, there is another larger and more grandiose complex of pyramids deeper in the forest and there is no road to it, but it requires walking through the forest. If you dare to visit it, be well equipped and be careful not to get lost, because this is a really wild area.
As for the structure of the Sand Pyramids, they formed of sandy clay through the process of erosion that lasted the centuries. Taken away by rain, wind, frost and summer heat, one part of the soil was eroded, while the stronger cliffs resisted and as a result of the partial erosion, a rarely seen geo-morphological phenomenon of interesting shapes was created. Rising from the broad foundations, these pyramid-shaped rocks become thinner towards the top and some of them are up to 20 meters high. Actually, the process of erosion is still ongoing, so the Sand Pyramids are constantly reshaping and growing every day.
The Sand Pyramids are probably more than 200 years old and they were for the first time mentioned during the Austro-Hungarian rule over BiH. Being exceptionally attractive, this locality was used as a shooting scene for two movies -“Captain Lesi” in 1960 and “Winnetou” in 1963.
Sand pyramids are a rare natural phenomenon which can be found in only a few locations throughout the world, such as Colorado (USA), in the Dolomites (Italy) and the pyramids in Djavolja Varos (Serbia).
Although the Coronavirus pandemic disturbed the world tourism, this sector in BiH registers growth as it has huge potential and maybe the Sand Pyramids are about to have the same destiny and the pyramids in Visoko that welcomed thousands of visitors, including the world-famous tennis player Novak Djokovic this summer.
The Sand Pyramids surely are strange, isolated and wild environment that is a must-visit!