Head towards central Turkey, and you will find yourself in one of the most amazing places on the planet: Cappadocia.
Cappadocia offers underground cities, sprawling rock formations, strange yet welcoming landscape, hidden valleys, unique villages, brilliant trails to explore, and churches carved out of solid rock. It is only half an hour from Istanbul but is accessible from all parts of the country.
Evidence shows that the Hittites around 4000 years ago first settled the region. Later, the region was extensively used by The Roman Empire. Cappadocia has been spellbinding humanity for millennia.
Before you Pack – Get your Visa
To make it possible to see this spectacular land you need to arrange a visa first. Thankfully requirements for travelers in Turkey are not too stringent, and you can apply online for an eVisa. This saves time, complications, and you can stay in the country between 30-90 dyas.
Providing you are from an eligible eVisa country you just need to:
– Complete the online form.
– Have a passport with a 150 days validity from date of arrival.
– An email address. Your visa will come via email.
It is a good idea to take a printed copy of your visa in case it doesn’t show in the system when you arrive in the country.
There are several ways you can experience the wonder of the region. Let’s take a closer look at what these are
Hot Air Ballooning
Hot air ballooning is a very popular way to experience the region, giving you the opportunity to take in panoramic views seeing everything laid out like a 3d map. There are different tours that incorporate various stops at national parks and overnight stays. Depending on how much time you want to spend here, this could be a good option for you.
The better jeep tours can access areas that are off-limits when traveling on foot and as such, you tend to see the more striking features of Cappadocia. Thanks to the sturdiness of the vehicles they take you to places bus tours cannot.
Many tours pick you up from your hotel, include lunch, and take you to unique places such as one of the oldest cave monasteries in Cappadocia and the Gomeda Valley.
Some tours offer to take you into the region later so you can witness one of the most magnificent sunsets on Earth.
For variants on a theme consider Quad biking tours.
If you prefer to be better connected to Cappadocia, there is no better way than to hike. You will be walking the same trails that people have walked for thousands of years. The best hikes take you to Kaymakli Underground City, the Red Valley, and the village of Çavuşin which is carved from solid rock.
The good thing about guided tours is that you won’t get lost and lunch and other essential aspects are built-in.
It should be noted that many parts of the region are not covered by mobile networks.
Other ways to see the country include horseback or camel riding.
Enjoy your stay!