Cappadocia in Turkey

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Cappadocia in Turkey
A Hot Air Balloon adventure in Cappadocia, Turkey

I am absolutely terrified of heights and looking over the edge of a mountain scares me to no end. But I do believe that, once a year, I should do something that scares the hell out of me. When I read about taking a hot-air balloon and drifting across the beautiful landscape of Cappadocia in Turkey, I decided that this would be my brave thing for the year. I am so glad that I did not let my fear keep me from this amazing experience as it ended up being one of my most memorable travel moments ever!

Hot Air Ballooon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey
Just after sunrise

That morning after getting up early I got to glide above the unique rocks and valleys of Cappadocia as the sun came up and lit up the valleys below. The sky was filled with colourful balloons, all with 10-28 passengers per basket. Although there were hundreds op people on this morning adventure it felt very serene and peaceful.

Cappadocia in Turkey
The fairy chimneys of Cappadocia

After a while of drifting I dared to look over the side of the basket and admit that it wasn’t as scary as looking over the side of a very high bridge. I did not dare move around and stood there clinging to the basket but also enjoying one of the most beautiful views I had ever seen. It took me a couple of minutes to work up the courage to let go one hand so that I could take photos. But once I got to see the valleys through the lens of camera I had all the courage needed to capture it on film.

Cappadocia in Turkey
I missed sunrise as I was still frozen to one spot and too afraid to move

Propelled by the breeze, we drifted over the valleys and iconic fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. I got to enjoy breathtaking panoramic vistas and at times we made descents that almost allowed me to touch the rocks!

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High up in the sky and looking down over the beautiful valleys

We floated above the valleys for nearly an hour until wind and fire floated us gently back to earth. I for one was very glad to be out of the floating basket and have my feet firmly on the earth again. My legs were shaking but the views made this scary experience amazing and one I would actually go and do again.

Cappadocia in Turkey
What an amzing experience!

29 comments

  1. We took a balloon ride over the vineyards of Australia during our journey there and the peacefulness of the dead quiet was amazing. I’ll never forget the moment we broke through the clouds as another balloon nearby floated into view and the sun sent out spikes of light and warmth. I agree with you it’s an experience not to be believed that will stay with me forever! I would LOVE to do it over Capadocia some day!

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    • Your balloon ride sounds just as amazing! Seeing a place from above is so different from just walking through the area. It is amazing and gives you a fabulous overview of what the area looks like. Cant wait to go on another balloon ride!

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