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Hot Air Ballooning, Hiking & Bicycling in Cappadocia, Turkey


The landscape in Cappadocia, Turkey is like nowhere else on earth. Volcanoes erupted more than three million years ago and as the ash settled it formed a layer of tufa, in places covered with basalt lava. Through the centuries, wind, rain, and hot and cold weather extremes, eroded the tufa creating fantastical shapes today called "fairy chimneys". In past centuries, monks prayed in cave churches and locals carved homes into the rugged hillsides of tufa.

Cappadocia, Turkey, is a Wonderland for Hikers and Bicyclists

Cappadocia, in central Turkey, now ranks high on an increasing number of adventurous travelers "must explore" lists - especially after seeing pictures of hot air balloons floating over the fairy chimneys. While some travelers simply take pictures from viewpoints or out of bus windows, active ones are walking among the mushroom-capped chimneys and mountain biking on trails weaving past the rust-colored houses and cave churches built into the hillsides of rock-hard tufa.
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View of homes carved into hillsides Cappadocia, Turkey, through a water glassPicture of Houses Set in Tufa Hillsides of Cappadocia, TurkeyHot air balloons above Cappadocia, Turkey, in the early morningHot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, TurkeyRiding a donkey in a small viilage in Cappadocia, TurkeyLocals Still Travel on Donkeys in Small Villages in Cappadocia, TurkeyTravelers explore one of the many underground cities in Cappadocia, TurkeyCappadocia's Underground Cities Were Hiding Places for Locals During Wars
Painting in old rock church in Cappadocia, TurkeyCenturies-old Painting in a Rock Church in Cappadocia, TurkeyGuests stay in homes built into the hillside, or in a cave room, in Nevishir, in Cappadocia, TurkeyVisitors in Nevishir Have Dramatic Views of Cappadocia's Pigeon ValleyRiding in a hot air balloon is a popular way to see Cappadocia, Turkey. Hot Air Balloons Rise at Dawn Above Cappadocia, TurkeyHiking in  Ihlara Canyon, in Cappadocia, TurkeyHiking in Ihlara Canyon, Cappadocia, Turkey
Hiking in Ihlara Canyon, Cappadocia, TurkeyBridge Over Stream in Ihlara Canyon, Cappadocia, TurkeyIn Cappadocia, Turkey, the fairy chimneys create a dramatic landscape.Fairy Chimneys Create a Fantasy Landscape in Cappadocia, TurkeyHomes and pigeon holes in rock in Cappadocia, TurkeyPigeon Holes & Ancient Cave Homes in Cappadocia, TurkeyAfter a hike in Ihlara Canyon, in Cappadocia, Turkey, travelers lunch riversideDining by the River After Hiking in Ihlara Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey
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