Baloon Tours info
I have noticed that so many our members are asking about baloon tours in Nevsehir city Kapadokya (Cappadocia) area.
I m not gonna give you company names, because that s u can find very easy at internet.
Baloon companies are inspected by Turkish Official Civil Avation.
Below ; Turkish Civil Aviation web pages.
there u can click on "balon isletmeleri" on the right side download word format documant. There you will see all company names, numbers, address et.c.
My advice , while u check or book from internet, u also check the company from above link too if their name is there et.c. If there is also complain, u can do officials too via their main page.
So above link is good to know.
About the prices; It s up to groups and season et.c. Normal tours about one hour or a bit more. cost between 120-180 euros. Short tours (half an hour) are cheaper..
Baloons can carry about 30-32 people and they have 2 pilots. Low seasons they can make surprise discounts if you are with group or acting as part of the group:)) ( my daughter got very good price ) So getting prices from different companies are always good. Most companies do have web pages, also in english.
There are about 14-15 companies in Nevsehir and about 5.30 in the morning , u can see 100 baloons raising at smilar time period:)) Fog, heavy rain and heavy winds are main problems for cancelations.
As we drove past this massive piece of rock full of cave homes, I got quite upset because they did not stop for us to take a photo. But then the tourleader told us to be patient as the best shot was in late afternoon and that they would be bringing us back here. Well he was right, and what a site awaited us. Uchisar is the summit of Cappadocia and it is the most beautiful and highest fairy chimney in the region. Looking at Uñhisar from a distance it appears to be one huge rock, broken and riddled with holes. Coming closer you see more and more houses built all around and into the stone. One can only stare in admiration.
Devrent Valley - new Fairy chimneys being shaped
Our first stop was at the Devrent Valley and I thought I died and went to heaven. A dream was fulfilled and this "moon landscape" was so amazing to my eyes. I expected a creature from Star Wars or something alike to appear from the cave homes any minute. All over you can see that erosion is busy shaping new fairy mushroom chimneys, but also some are due to fall over. An ever ongoing shaping of the earth.
Kaymakli underground city
We also visited Kaymakli which is one of the largest underground settlements in the region. The tunnels are low, narrow, and steeply inclined. It is estimated that this underground city had a capacity of 20,000 people and also their animals. If you suffer from lung diseases, closterphobia or a bad back, then it is not recommended that you enter the city. Some of the tunnels are 100m long and you have to walk bended over as it is very low. Also it only allows for one way traffic. The underground cities were built and used as the place of the hiding of the first Christians who escaped from the persecution of the Roman soldiers.
Zelve valley - did they really live here
Zelve is also very well known as the area in which the most interesting 'fairy chimneys' are situated. These chimneys were formed when the lava covering the tuff is eroded, leaving pinnacle formations. These pinnacles are capped with harder rocks resting at the top. In these photo's you can see the entrance to the church on I would think probably the priests home.
Zelve valley - getting lost in your imagination
This is a place where your imagination can run freely. I expected a creature from Star Wars or something alike to appear from the cave homes any minute. There is a little open air museum here, but I did not go into the church as the ladder up there was extremely steep and we were told that Goreme's churches are much better preserved. Zelve is amongst the earliest-settled and last-abandoned monastic valleys in Cappadocia. Zelve is also very well known as the area in which the most interesting 'fairy chimneys' are situated. These chimneys were formed when the lava covering the tuff is eroded, leaving pinnacle formations. These pinnacles are capped with harder rocks resting at the top.
Devrent valley - the lovers
This formation looks like two lovers kissing. I wonder how long their kissing will last with nature chissiling away on a daily basis. I think they might have entered a kissing competition, and will definately be victorious at the end, competition might be over, but will they know?
Looking over the Zelve Valley, one cannot but think that this is what it might look like on the moon. The moon like landscape here is better than the one in Namibia, but maybe that is just because this one played more tricks on my mind using the imagination.
The Zelve Valley
Our first stop was at the Zelve Valley and I thought I died and went to heaven. A dream was fulfilled and this "moon landscape" was so amazing to my eyes. I expected a creature from Star Wars or something alike to appear from the cave homes any minute. There is a little open air museum here, but I did not go into the church as the ladder up there was extremely steep and we were told that Goreme's churches are much better preserved. Zelve is amongst the earliest-settled and last-abandoned monastic valleys in Cappadocia. Zelve is also very well known as the area in which the most interesting 'fairy chimneys' are situated. These chimneys were formed when the lava covering the tuff is eroded, leaving pinnacle formations. These pinnacles are capped with harder rocks resting at the top.
Goreme Open air museum
My friend Elize and I was so excited about visiting this area and especially the Goreme Open air museum. This place really takes your breath away when you see what the people did those 100's of years ago and I was amazed at how well preserved most things were. The Goreme Open Air Museum is the largest and most visited sight in Cappadocia.
At the open air museum you can visit many historical sites such as Bezirhane churches, including Tokali Kilise, the Apple Church, the Dark Church, the Chapel of St. Basil, the St Barbara Church, the St Onuphrius Church, the Church with Sandals, the Dark Church, houses and shafts engraved from rocks which takes your breath away.
In 1985, the Göreme National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Fairy castle's in Mushroom valley
It really transports you to a world of make believe when you visit Cappadocia especially the area called mushroom valley. The little fairy castles (some not so little actually) are standing everywhere and in places you can see the baby ones being formed by nature.
Hot air Balooning
One of the best things to do here in Cappadocia I thought, but we were not allowed to partake due to a major accident here last year when two balloons collided and there was one unfortunate death as a result.
We visited a local carpet factory which was really interesting.
There was no obligation to purchase, and the free apple tea and raki went down a treat.
I actually ended up buying a carpet (I was the only one who did, out of our group of 14).
I got a government certificate which stated the origin and stats about the carpet.
They wrapped the carpet well, and gave me a bag to put it in.
I even got given a brochure on carpet care, washing and storage.
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Derinkuyu Underground City
Although referred to as "cities," the underground communities of Cappadocia probably served as temporary shelters rather than as permanent hidden cities. The incessant darkness is hardly conducive to life and some of the passageways are little more than crawling spaces that would have been intolerable in long-term situations. No one is certain how many underground communities that exist or even by whom they were built.
Derinkuyu is one of the two largest communities unearthed (the other is Kaymakli).
It is thought that the Hittites may have excavated the first few levels in the rock when they came under attack from the Phrygians around 1200 BC. However, some archaeologists believe that the oldest caves, (hewn with stone rather than metal tools), are substantially older. These chambers were later expanded into an extensive troglodytic complex by Christians escaping the Arab invasions of the 7th and 8th centuries.
Derinkuyu Underground City, situated in Nevºehir province, was built as a defence and hiding site during the period of the spreading of Christianity. It was built by excavating the soft rocks underground, and is estimated to have been built during the 9th and 10th centuries.
Discreet entrances give way to elaborate subterranean systems with air shafts, waste shafts, wells, chimneys, a chapel and other rooms connected by narrow passageways. The upper levels were used for living quarters while the lower levels were used for storage, wine making, flour grinding and worship in simple chapels. Everywhere, walls have been blackened from the use of torches.
There is a connecting tunnel between Kaymakli and Derinkuyu that allowed three people to walk through at the same time but it is not available to the public as parts of the tunnel have collapsed.
0nly 10 kms to the east of Kaymakli is another cavetown at Mazikoy that may be connected with Derinkuyu but this remains to be proven. This community was built within the walls of a cliff.
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This lovely camel was also there and added to the old world charm of the area. I am not sure if you could go for a ride on the camel or if it was just there for photo moments.
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