I have just returned from Kazakhstan last week and I recommend the visit to Charyn Canyon. It is beyond words to describe the beauty of this place! Our guide drove us there in a 4wd and the road was a little bumpy. We arrived at the top of the canyon with stunning views and took plenty of pictures though I got rubbery legs looking down at the canyon. Walking down to the canyon was a little challenging as the slope was steep with no bars or any safety barriers. There were no other visitors and it was very quiet and peaceful to walk towards the river. Our guide was already waiting for us beside the river (so we didn't have to walk back up again) when it started to rain! I would say Charyn Canyon is a must-see if you are traveling to Almaty.