Cappadocia is a historical region of central Turkey. Not only is it rich in culture and history, but it is also filled with stunning natural wonders.
A friend of mine gave me a guidebook to Turkey when my family was nearly finished with our goal of visiting all 50 states, telling me it was time to start exploring the world. I look forward to the day when I can go see this beautiful country.
There are so many ways to enjoy the captivating landscapes of Cappadocia, Turkey. Whether hiking on land or floating in the air, the views of Cappadocia are exhilarating. The options for adventure are many in this historical region, but we narrowed it down to just a few that you must do while on your Turkish vacation.
Balloons at Dawn
Sunset viewpoint is worth setting your alarm for dawn and getting a glimpse of the more than 100 hot air balloons that float above the Cappadocia scenery. The sight of the balloons, their colors magnified by the first splashes of sunlight, are guaranteed to wake you up. Talk about an Instagram-worthy picture!
The best time to catch this magnificent view is about a half-hour after dawn but check with your hotel staff the night before to make sure the balloons will be flying.
Hike and See
You might get a little lost hiking in the Red and Rose Valleys — the signage is unclear — but the scenery will be worth it. There is the natural beauty of blue skies, green valleys, and red and white rock, with some graffiti sprinkled in between. You’ll be tired, but in a good way, after exploring these beautiful paths.
Rocking in the Valley
This one involves more hiking through the popular Pigeon Valley, Uchisar Castle, and White Valley. You’ll be treated to the sight of phallic rock formations at the end of the walkthrough White Valley in an area called Love Valley. Rock columns dot the landscape, and the massive structures are breathtaking. Be sure to bring your camera!
You will also want to explore the peaceful Ihlara Valley. Commune with the birds and frogs that feed on the river that runs through it. But the real treat of hiking this valley is the rest stop that offers a place for you to sit and enjoy the scenery. And the family that operates it even serves Turkish tea! It’s delicious!
Get the best views over the Rose Valley at Panorama Point. There are friendly vendors here selling fruits and souvenirs, as well as comfy seats on the valley’s edge for you to sit back, eat your fruit and sip a drink while watching the sunset. What more could you ask for?
You’ve watched the balloons, now ride them
You must take a balloon ride. Again, this is an experience best done at dawn. A minibus will take you from your hotel to the boarding spot, where you’ll hop on a balloon with more than a dozen other passengers. Start your day gliding past treetops and canyon walls. It will be one of the highlights of your trip and an experience to remember.
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