Hot Air Balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey.

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When comes to talk about my travel to Turkey, I believe hot air balloon is like the highlight of my Turkey trip isn't it? :) Adding in Euro 130/pax, Yes, it's one of the most expensive experience yet its one of the activity that shouldn't be missed!

Do you know that hot air balloon isn't always ready for you to fly? Even you're there, you might not be able to fly? Hot Air Balloon ONLY allowed to fly when the wind isn't strong and the weather must be in good condition.

Hot Air Balloon activity is in South Cappacodia, and in order to catch the sunrise, we were picked up early in the morning at 4.30am from our hotel and transfer to the place where we suppose to be departed.

As you take off for sunrise you will start to be hypnotised by the spectacular and surreal landscape that lies below you. You will gently drift over the fairy chimneys, through valleys scattered with pigeon houses, over orchards and vineyards. The different colours of the diversified landscape will leave you breathless.

Other than hot air balloon, there are a few landmarks to be visit in South Cappadocia  :

1) Pigeon Valley

Situated between Göreme and Uçhisar and is ideal for walking, as the trek is relatively easy. The name comes from the thousands of pigeon houses that have been carved into the soft tuff since ancient times. Although they can be found throughout Cappadocia, they are especially numerous in this valley. They were carved wherever space allowed, including abandoned cave houses and churches. In Cappadocia, pigeons have long been a source of food and fertilizer. The advent of chemical fertilizers has reduced the use of pigeon dung. However, some farmers still maintain their lofts because they insist that the reputation of Cappadocian fruits as the sweetest and most succulent in Turkey is entirely due to pigeon dung.

2) Underground city ( Kaymakli or Derinkuyu )

Built under the hill known as the Citadel of Kaymakli and was opened to visitors in 1964. The people of Kaymakli (Enegup in Greek) village have constructed their houses around nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city. The inhabitants of the region still use the most convenient places in the tunnels as cellars, storage areas and stables, which they access through their courtyards. The Kaymakli Underground City has low, narrow and sloping passages. While the underground city consists of 8 floors below ground, only 4 of them are open to the public today, in which the spaces are organized around ventilation shafts.

3) Kizilcukur Valley

One of the nicest and most most beautiful places to go walking in Cappadocia in in Red and Rose Valley . The two valleys are next to each other and are easily combined. Start at Sunset point (near Ortahisar) and hike down through first Red Valley and then continue on the Rose Valley.

For North Cappadocia, click HERE.

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