Infatuated by Cappadocia

Cappadocia, known for its fairy chimneys rock formations clustered through out the region, and certainly as the most majestic place to fly a hot air balloon in the world. This UNESCO site holds a lot of history, and it is indeed a very mysterious place. A landscape entirely sculpted by erosion, the Göreme Valley and its surroundings contain rock-hewn sanctuaries, cave villages and underground towns.

I booked our balloon flight with Butterfly Balloons, the number one company in Cappadocia. Our pick up time was at 5:30 am, and the flight lasted for an hour. The scenery was something out of a fairytale, what seems to be just too pretty and perfect to be true. Balloons flights are available all year round, on high season, an average of 120 balloons fills up the sky each and every day.

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We found out once in Cappadocia that there are three guided tours available. Red, Green and Blue, each one of them covering different parts of Cappadocia. We chose the Green tour to see Derinkuyu underground city, Selime Monastery, Ihlara Valley and the Pigeon Valley for amazing views including the Uchisar castle.

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On our last day, we took a taxi for a few hours to explore a bit more. We wanted to visit the Göreme open air museum for its famous rock-cut churches with beautiful frescoes and see a few more valleys.

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We stayed in a traditional cave hotel during our stay, with beautiful views of Göreme. Sultan Cave Suites warm hospitality won us over, and how could we resist the affection of their furry friends?

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