A lunar landscape dotted with tall hoodoos (sharp rock formations) where you can see a kaleidoscope of wondrous colors ranging from pink to ivory. A land that seems so unreal that many tourists from all over the world come here to admire the panoramic view of this enchanting land. Nestled in the central eastern part of Anatolia, just north of the Taurus Mountains, Cappadocia has become a hotspot for tourists looking for a unique hot air balloon experience, where they can feast their eyes on the magnificent museum outdoors of Göreme consisting of winding valleys, winding cliffs and traditional Cappadocian chiselled houses. There are many ancient attractions to visit here, including ancient churches that have been carved out of stone.
Of course, the best way to appreciate the beauty of this Turkish attraction is to soar through the early morning sky in a hot air balloon. See the sky turn red, pink and orange 1000 feet above the ground. If that sounds like an exciting adventure, then read on to find out more about it.
The history of Cappadocia – Turkey
If one wonders why Cappadocia has so many towering phallic formations with many centuries-old troglodyte caves, then we should go back to 60 million years ago when this place was formed. The topography of Cappadocia is made up of the erosion of soft layers of lava and ash from several erupting volcanoes, including Mount Erciyes, Mount Hasan and Mount Güllü. Then, during the Paleolithic era, humans started settling here. The region was home to the Hattians in the Bronze Age around 2500-200 BC, followed by the Assyrians between 2000-1800 BC. Later, the Roman and then the Ottoman empires took control of the region. It is believed that the name Cappadocia dates back to the Persian period when the region was called “katpatukya”, which means “the land of beautiful horses”.
What makes Cappadocia so unique?
Besides the rich history and culture of Cappadocia, the vast flat land has captured many hearts. Travelers are always moved upon seeing the lunar landscape of ancient caves, hills and jagged mountains. And the sky here is always filled with vibrant hot air balloons for a very good reason. Göreme National Park, a World Heritage Site, acts as an open-air museum consisting of hoodoos of varying sizes, or hoodoos, normally formed in sedimentary rock and volcanic rock formations. A range of pink hued rocks can be found.
In addition, the land has a set of chapels and dwellings dating back to the 11th century. One can easily spot the largest religious structure, which is the Selime Monastery. The monastery is adorned with steep stairs, hidden passageways and picturesque frescoes. The monastery was abandoned in the 16th century. Likewise, its once inhabited cave caves were abandoned in the 1950s but were later restored to luxurious cave hotels.
Take an Exciting Hot Air Balloon Ride to See Cappadocia – Turkey
There is no doubt that Cappadocia is best explored in a hot air balloon – an untapped experience that can amaze you. One of the best times to take in the scenic beauty of the attraction is to take a walk in the early morning when the sun is rising. This is the right time to take the opportunity to soar into the sky.
Begin the journey by getting comfortable inside an air-conditioned van and heading to the launch pad. Just before hitting the road, savor a delicious breakfast of delicious pastries, fruit and salads. Sip a hot coffee or tea and get ready to begin this incredible adventure. After breakfast, meet the pilot, who will give you some tips and directions. And when everything is ready, climb aboard the vibrant 30-meter-high hot air balloon. At this point, many will experience a rush of adrenaline or butterflies in the stomach. This is a good sign as things will get exciting once the hot air balloon starts soaring in the sky. As the balloon rises above (approximately 300 meters above), take memorable photos and enjoy the fantastic bird’s eye view of the vast lunar landscape made up of different colors and textures. The thrilling ride ends with a Champagne ceremony, where everyone can enjoy the Champagne toast with chocolate-covered strawberries. And to make it even more memorable, participants will receive a royal medal.
- Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
- What is included: Free hotel pickup and drop-off; Transport by air-conditioned minibus; Live commentary on board; Food and drinks; Tips; Snack Breakfast; Flight Medal; And Champagne ceremony after the ride
- Tips: It is recommended to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Take a light jacket, hat and sunglasses.
- Ability: 12 – 20 people
- To note: This activity is not recommended for pregnant women or participants with back problems. Participants should be of moderate fitness level.
- Do: Confirm the pick-up time after booking the activity.