Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you must have heard one of Turkey’s most iconic names – Cappadocia, and it’s most sought-after attraction – hot air ballooning.
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Unique cave villages and underground cities from the 4th century Byzantine Empire can be found in Cappadocia’s Goreme Valley. But these time-worn traditional human habitats are just one of Cappadocia’s many allures. Cappadocia’s unusual rock formations, fondly known as “fairy chimneys”, are a result of over 2,000 years of skilful erosion caused by volcanoes and then rain. Also called Tent rocks and Earth Pyramids, these geological wonders have given the whole region an otherworldly look that can be best admired from a hot air balloon ride.
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It is difficult to find Cappadocia devoid of crowds anytime of the year, but the chilling winter months attract far lesser tourists, and is your best bet to see the Cappadocian moonscape without restrictions. Moreover, winters bring a soft snow blanket coat over the fairy chimneys, making the area look absolutely ethereal!
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It is best to go for a Cappadocia hot air balloon ride before the first ray of light – the view will blow you away! The hour-long journey begins early in the morning when the crew picks you up from your hotel before dawn and drives you to the take-off site.
Once your launch kick-starts, you silently float over Cappadocia’s magical landscape dotted with tiny villages, beautiful vineyards, fruit orchards, and lush fields. Many companies also provide breakfast and champagne during or after the hot air balloon ride.
You have a variety of hot air balloon rides to choose from. While some opt for an hour-long standard balloon flight with 20 other people, others opt for a more private balloon flight that has only 10-14 people. Then there’s a private balloon flight which can range anywhere from half an hour to two hours, depending on your preference.
Cappadocia’s hot air balloons rise approximately 1000 feet above ground to catch the first sunrays hit the majestic peaks and caves of Goreme Valley. Be ready to get mesmerized by the sight below you, in-spite of the freezing cold!
For those worried about the hot air balloon prices, worry not! Even if you go for a standard hot air balloon flight, your hosts will ensure that you get a clear view from the basket. So make sure you carry a camera along with you!
Things to do in Cappadocia
Apart from this Turkey hot air balloon ride, there’s a plethora of other things to do in Cappadocia. Explore ancient rock churches and open-air museums, visit the underground cities, and trek through Goreme valley. Here is a list of things you can do in Cappadocia apart from hot air ballooning:
- Visit the picturesque Esentepe Village, located between Uchisar and Goreme.
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- Goreme Open Air Museum, which holds an impressive collection of monasteries, churches and chapels that date back to the Middle Ages, is yet another important attraction. It served as an important Christian centre of learning, and its religious buildings still exhibit elaborate and beautifully preserved frescoes.
- Visit Pasabag – Monks Valley, famed for its three-headed fairy chimneys. This region is also known as Pasabag, or ‘Pasha’s Vineyard’, as its stunning fairy chimneys are located within a vineyard.
- Devrent Valley, famed for its lunar-like landscape of small, pointed fairy chimneys, is one place you definitely should not miss out on your Cappadocia sightseeing tour.
- Attend an Avanos Pottery workshop in the small town of Avanos, home to a terracotta industry that dates back to 3000BC. The clay is sourced from the Red River which passes through the town and you’ll have the opportunity to visit a traditional pottery workshop and see how it is crafted first-hand.