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One of the coolest parts of my trip to turkey

I'm not sure if I'd rank it as the best part of Cappadocia, but the Fairy Chimneys are definitely the most unique and spectacular part. These formations are representative of the region and being there is an unforgettable experience. The "peribacalar" (Fairy Chimneys) were formed by the erosion of the layer of limestone covering the volcanic rock. This left them in spindly formations which are now called "chimneys." Some of them are over 40meters high! They're cone-shaped and are crowned by tufts of hard stone standing over the pale pillars. Depending on how you look at them (and your mindset) they either look like massive phalluses or bizarre mushrooms. Locally, they're known as "kalelar" ("castles," in Turkish). In Cappadocia, you can see these formations and many others (near Zelve, there's a mountain of rocks in the shape of giant breasts).

Without a doubt, it was one of the coolest parts of my trip to Turkey. The contrast of these impossible natural structures with the arid, ochre landscape gave me the most unique, otherworldly sensation of anywhere in Turkey. Visiting Cappadocia before May is, for many, synonymous with being really cold. It's true that each region in Turkey has its own climate, and there can be differences of as much as 40 degrees between the regions on the Aegean and those in the interior. But, visiting in the off-season has its charms. Firstly, there are much less tourists and this lets you visit the region in a somewhat more relaxed pace and alleviates any concerns you might have about finding transportation or a hotel. Secondly, Cappadocia in the snow is incredible. The contrast of the snow on the dark earth is so amazing it feels like you're on a movie set or something. It's like being on the moon. So I recommend visiting Cappadocia in the off season...but, of course, dress warm!
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Fairy chimneys

When we got off the bus and looked at the fairy chimneys, the landscape suddenly felt very familiar, as if we'd just stepped into our favorite childhood fairy-tale, the type of place where elves and fairies live in mushrooms. The only difference is that these were stone mushrooms with whimsical shapes, sculpted by wind erosion and by material that erupted thousands of years ago from volcanoes, namely the now inactive Erciyes and Hasan volcanoes. The area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, not surprisingly given that it's such a magical and geologically unique place. We wandered around for a large part of the afternoon and when we had to leave it was quite a let down.
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Hot air balloon in cappadocia

Here's a bit about my experience of hot air ballooning at dawn in Cappadocia. I didn't know if it was really worth paying for, but I assure you that it's more than worth it and something I'd repeat a hundred times if I could. After seeing the marvelous fairy chimney landscape from above, I'd recommend it to anyone visiting Turkey. Seeing the day slowly rise above the horizon is just...gorgeous.
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Travelers, adventurers, restless soul...

Travelers, adventurers, restless souls: Imagine the unimaginable, that site does not exist, what one sees in dreams only. I came to this place after 8 hours of bus from Ankara. No photo, book, movie, you can show in depth what is Cappadocia. You have to be there: A land made of seemingly arid valleys with very strange natural formations, lunar, unreal. Huge sandstone cones orange, pink and yellow, rocks that look like medieval castles, giant mushrooms, fairy chimneys that rise to heaven. Among them are hidden villages and orchards. That's the first thing you see, then you realize that these huge mounds are inhabited. Yes have doors, windows, rooms at ground level and others overlook the heights. Cappadocia Cave has been a refuge for an eternity. No one knows exactly how long the caves and desolate mountains are inhabited, the fact is that from the eighth century the Christians took refuge in these enchanted valleys and carved churches and small towns monasteries and convents mode. Although there are spectacular outdoor museums, most amazing of Cappadocia is that when you walk through the valleys, you find yourself in the midst of farmland where farmers work hand-with caves and churches, Roman ruins, dovecotes carved into towering cliffs, carved into the rock castles or mansions with remains of ancient Greek decor. Cappadocia is dotted with pretty villages. I was joining the local roads through a rented scooter Goreme old, the village where I stayed. Just flipped.

Viajeros, aventureros, almas inquietas: Imagínense lo inimaginable, ese sitio que no existe, lo que sólo uno ve en sueños. A ese lugar llegué yo luego de 8 horas de bus desde Ankara. No hay foto, libro, peli, que pueda mostrar en profundidad lo que es Cappadocia. Hay que estar allí: Una tierra hecha de valles aparentemente áridos con formaciones naturales extrañísimas, lunares, irreales. Enormes conos de arenisca naranjas, rosados y amarillos, rocas que parecen castillos medievales, hongos gigantes, chimeneas de hadas que se elevan al cielo. Entre ellos, se esconden aldeas y huertas. Eso es lo primero que ves, luego te das cuenta que estos enormes promontorios están habitados. Sí. Tienen puertas, ventanitas, habitaciones al ras del suelo y otras que asoman a las alturas.
Cappadocia ha sido refugio troglodita desde hace una eternidad. No se sabe muy bien desde cuándo las cuevas y desoladas montañas están habitadas, lo cierto es que a partir del siglo VIII los cristianos se refugiaron en estos valles encantados y tallaron iglesias y pequeñas ciudades a modo de monasterios o conventos.
Aunque hay ]museos al aire libreespectaculares, lo más asombroso de Cappadocıa es que cuando caminas por sus valles, te encuentras -en medio de sembradíos donde trabajan a mano los campesinos-, con cuevas e iglesias, ruinas romanas, palomares tallados en altísimos paredones, castillos horadados en la roca o milenarias casonas con vestigios de decoración griega.
Cappadocia está salpicado de pueblos preciosos. Yo los fui uniendo por medio de carreteras locales en un vieja scooter alquilada en Goreme, el pueblo donde me alojé. Simplemente aluciné.
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Cappadocia is a historical region in ...

Cappadocia is a historical region in the central Anatolian plateau in Turkey, which includes parts of four provinces. It is characterized by a unique geological formation in the world and its historical and cultural heritage. In 1986 he was included by UNESCO among the places that are the heritage of a region protected Humanidd of 6500 hectares. For thousands of years now there have been settlements in the region, ancient civilizations flourished there as the Hittite and also came from other regions of Europe and Asia Minor and all left their mark. The geology of the place have led to his landscapes are described "as lunar landscapes", acquiring carpichosas forms over millions of years of erosion. It is full of natural and artificial caves, many of which are still inhabited. From 1940 he began to learn touristically and to date thousands of tourists come to admire the rare forms .... There are even some hotels set in the caves, which have incredible views.

Capadocia es una región histórica en la meseta de Anatolia central en Turquía, que abarca zonas de cuatro provincias.
Se caracteriza por tener una formación geológica única en el mundo y por su patrimonio histórico y cultural. En 1986 fue incluída por la Unesco entre los lugares que son Patrimonio de la Humanidd con una región protegida de 6500 hectáreas.
Desde hace miles de años hasta la actualidad ha habido asentamientos humanos en la región, florecieron allí civilizaciones antiguas como la Hitita y también otras procedieron de regiones europeas y del Asia Menor y todas dejaron su impronta.
Las características geológicas del lugar han dado pie a que sus paisajes se describan "como paisajes lunares", adquiriendo formas carpichosas tras millones de años de erosión. Está llena de cavernas naturales y artificiales , muchas de las cuales aún están habitadas.
A partir de 1940 se comenzó a conocer turísticamente y hasta la actualidad miles de turistas se llegan para admirar sus rarísimas formas .... Hay inclusive algunos Hoteles ambientados en las cuevas, que cuentan con vistas increíbles.
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Fairy chimneys

They are so called because it was believed that no human being could build something and must be the work of fairies. Really are caused by remnants of volcanic eruptions and the effects of erosion on them. You can see a lot of impossible shapes and rocks seem to be detached at any time. It's a wonder more created by nature, which never fails to impress.

Chimeneas de hadas

Reciben este nombre porque se creía que ningún ser humano podía construir algo así y debía ser obra de las hadas. Realmente están producidas por restos de erupciones volcánicas y los efectos de la erosión sobre ellos.

Se pueden ver unas formas imposibles y muchas rocas parecen que se van a desprender en cualquier momento.

Es una maravilla más creada por la naturaleza, que nunca deja de sorprendernos.
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Land of beautiful horses

Cappadocia Cappadocia means "land of beautiful horses". It is located in the Central Anatolia arrived via Antalya Airport is the gateway to Cappadocia. Only region in the world with a special geology, tufa rocks and that after millions of years the water and wind erosion have configured a supernatural landscape. As the tufa a soft material nature has been sculpting the rocks with incredible shapes, in a castle, phallic forms called "fairy chimneys", others with hollows that pass wind hooting and whistling as if they were huge flutes, is magical. Others with hat, the hardest part of the material has been suffering over the column less erosion, others are shaped mushrooms, other sharp as needles. It really looks like you're on another planet. Ancient civilizations have taken advantage of the uniqueness of the material that allowed them to dig and build their homes piercing the rock instead of building. Thus even built churches and even underground cities built of very clever way to hide from the invaders. In 1985 the entire Cappadocia was declared a World Heritage Site. The reality exceeded everything we had talked about Cappadocia, is amazing, a must see. Göreme - The town was built within the complex of columns and fireplaces, is still inhabited houses are built into the rock, are homes cool in summer and warm in winter, some are used as a pantry or barns. In Göreme visits churches carved into the rock of Tokali, Durmos Kadir, Chapel of St. Mary, Chapel of St. Eustatius. Underground Cities - You can visit these authentic underground cities carved in the rock. They were built to hide from the invaders, rather than withdraw into the castle, hiding underground. We visited one of them with relatively large rooms, stables for livestock, mazes, corridors, rooms, meeting place, etc.. What I found most curious was the ventilation system to the outside, heavily camouflaged, but especially the closing door or large interior consisting of a large round stone moved by a lever system and that could only be opened from the inside. There are over 200 of these cities, visit the Kaymakli but also as important are those of Derinkuyu, Özkonak and Tatlarin.''

Tierra de bellos caballos


Capadocia significa “Tierra de bellos caballos”.

Se encuentra en la Anatólia Central

Llegamos a través del aeropuerto de Antalya que es la puerta de entrada a Capadocia.

Región única en el mundo con una geología especial, rocas de toba calcárea y que tras millones de años el agua y la erosión eólica ha configurado un paisaje sobrenatural.

Al ser la toba calcárea un material blando la naturaleza ha ido esculpiendo las rocas con formas increíbles, en forma de castillo, formas fálicas llamadas “chimeneas de hadas”, otras con oquedades que al pasar el viento ululan y silban como si se tratara de enormes flautas, es mágico. Otras con sobrero, la parte más dura del material ha quedado encima de la columna sufriendo menos erosión, otras tienen forma de boletus, otras puntiagudas como agujas.

Realmente parece que estés en otro planeta. Los antiguos habitantes se han aprovechado de la singularidad del material que les permitía escarbar y formar sus viviendas horadando la roca en lugar de construir.
Así se construyeron iglesias y hasta incluso ciudades subterráneas, construidas de forma muy ingeniosa para esconderse de los invasores.

En 1985 toda la Capadocia fue declarada patrimonio de la humanidad.

La realidad superó todo lo que nos habían hablado de Capadocia, es increíble, hay que verlo.

Göreme – La población se construyó dentro del complejo de columnas y chimeneas, es más quedan casas aún habitadas construidas dentro de la roca, son casas frescas en verano y templadas en invierno, algunas se emplean como despensa o como graneros.

En Göreme se visitas las Iglesias labradas en la roca, la de Tokali , Durmos Kadir, Capilla de Santa Maria, Capilla de San Eustaquio.

Ciudades subterráneas – Se pueden visitar estas auténticas ciudades subterráneas labradas en la roca. Se construyeron para esconderse de los invasores, en lugar de encerrarse en el castillo, se escondían bajo tierra.

Visitamos un de ellas con salas relativamente grandes, establos para el ganado, laberintos, pasadizos, habitaciones, lugar de reunión, etc. Lo que me resultó más curioso fue el sistema de ventilación al exterior, muy camuflado, pero sobre todo la puerta o cierre del gran habitáculo consistentes en una gran piedra redonda movida por un sistema de palancas y que solo podía abrirse desde el interior.

Existen más de 200 de estas ciudades, visitamos la de Kaymakli pero también como importantes están las de Derinkuyu, özkonak y Tatlarin.
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Throughout our trip through turkey, w...

Throughout our trip through Turkey, were echizados the beauty of Kapadokia. In this (almost deserted) landscape, volcanic eruptions and erosion capricious during the course of the centuries has made a dream landscape, fairytale. It is impossible to describe with words, nor with images because they can not show what the eye and delight the moment anyway you gift alma.De These snapshots, taken from a balloon, so that you see a small idea.

A lo largo de nuestro viaje por Turquía,quedamos hechizados de la belleza de la kapadokia. En este (casi desértico) paraje,las erupciones volcánicas y la caprichosa erosión durante el transcurso de los siglos, ha formado un paisaje de ensueño,de cuento de hadas.
Es imposible describirlo con palabras,ni tampoco con imágenes, pues no consiguen mostrar lo que la vista y el momento deleitan al alma.De todas maneras os regalo estas instantáneas, tomadas desde un globo,para que os hagáis una pequeña idea.
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The vastness is made cappadocia volca...

The vastness is made Cappadocia volcanic formation, where the forests are composed of trees sighted eyes to ward off bad luck and vases to capture the abundance sheet mode. The goddesses woven silk carpets while his men pray in mosques and dervish dance observed. It is a place where the sun goes down and the shadows are desperately seeking their niche.

La Cappadocia es la inmensidad hecha formación volcánica, donde los bosques que se avistan están formados por árboles con ojos para ahuyentar la mala suerte y jarrones para captar la abundancia a modo de hojas. Las diosas tejen alfombras de seda mientras sus hombres rezan en las mezquitas y observan la danza del derviche. Es un lugar donde el sol no se esconde y las sombras buscan desesperadamente su hueco.
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Occasionally we were impressed by architecture made by ourselves, by humans, and we can see that we really have no limits to translate our ideas and tastes in a construction. However, in the case of the region of Cappadocia, delight with the nature architecture; spectacular volcanic rock formations. I have to define it like this: I was in the stone age. It is amazing the many forms of nature and also, how are you training were adapted for hundreds of years to become monasteries and homes of thousands. I was in love with this place


Ocasionalmente nos impresionamos por arquitecturas hechas por nosotros mismos, por humanos; y podemos ver que realmente no tenemos límites en plasmar nuestras ideas y gustos en una construcción.
Sin embargo, en el caso de la región de Cappadocia, nos deleitamos con la arquitectura de la naturaleza misma; formaciones de roca volcánica espectaculares.
Tengo que definirlo así: me sentí en la edad de piedra. Es impresionante las múltiples formas de la naturaleza y también, como estas formaciones fueron adaptadas hace cientos de años para convertirlos en monasterios y hogares de miles de personas.
Quedé enamorada de este lugar
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A dream coming true

Travelling to Cappadocia is magical, a single corner to find oneself, to me it was my way of staff Santiago. The rock formations, the underground cities, the red river, the castles, the Open Air Museum in Goreme, travel by bus between the Turks are very friendly and helpful. Definitely a place that everyone should go.

Un sueño hecho realidad

Viajar a Capadocia es mágico, un rincón único para encontrarse uno mismo, para mi fue mi camino de Santiago personal. Las formaciones rocosas, las ciudades subterraneas, el río rojo, los castillos, el Museo al Aire Libre de Goreme, viajar en autobús entre los turcos que son muy amables y serviciales. Sin duda, un lugar al que todos deberían ir.
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Tourist activity in the area: fly in ...

Tourist activity in the area: Fly in a hot air balloon and see what nature and man have created. One of the greatest pleasures is to walk such a natural treasure

La actividad turística de la zona: Volar en globo aerostático y contemplar lo que la naturaleza y el hombre han creado. Uno de los mayores placeres consiste en recorrer a pie semejante tesoro natural
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It is a landscape water fad phenomeno...

It is a landscape water fad phenomenon with the limestone. From this combination are suggestive reliefs that make them a place that does not appear in this world. Highly recommended is up to a balloon, you can see Alcon eye across the landscape

Es un paisaje capricho del fenómeno del agua con la roca calcárea. De esta combinación aparecen sugerentes relieves que hacen de ellos un lugar que no parece de este mundo.
Muy aconsejable es subir a un globo aeróstatico; te permite ver a ojo de alcón todo el paisaje
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Cappadocia balloon trip

It's worth the cost to invest the trip (about 150 € per person in 2009) by a memory like this ...

Viaje en globo por capadocia

Merece la pena invertir lo que cuesta la excursión (unos 150€ por persona en el 2009) por un recuerdo como este...
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Göreme National Park and the Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia Phone Number
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