Photoblog; Cappadocia a-top a hot air Balloon

Photoblog; Cappadocia a-top a hot air Balloon

#Cappadocia is known for being seen best from a #hotairballoon because of its unique landscape and great weather. We were one of thousands of balloons flying in the early morning. The #active ride was not only beautiful but also in equal parts thrilling and relaxing.


As the hot air balloon slowly gains altitude, I float higher and higher into the red skies. 

Thousands of magical fairy chimneys poke out into the skyline of Cappadocia where green patches of plantations and red-rose valleys dominate its landscape. It is barely 6am and many other tourists like me have woken before dawn to enjoy this special experience.

Cappadocia is one of the most famous hot air ballooning spots in the world

Cappadocia is one of the most famous hot air ballooning spots in the world; partly due to its extraordinary and strangely unique landscape and the favourable weather conditions. The balloons can only rise in the early hours of dawn because of the colder temperatures, explaining why flights only occur in the early morning.

Hot air Balloon Ride Over CappadociaPreparing for the FlightSlowly Climbing the SkiesThere Were Thousands of Balloons in the air With us
Hot air Balloon Ride Over Cappadocia

By 6am, the sun has already risen. The sky is still dim although radiated in a dark shade of red. I watch sleepily as thousands of balloons rise into the clear skies all at once. As our balloon pilot, Halis, pumps up the heat and gets us ready for the flight, our feet are all itching to take flight.

Hot air Balloon Ride Over CappadociaPreparing for the FlightSlowly Climbing the SkiesThere Were Thousands of Balloons in the air With us
Preparing for the Flight
Hot air Balloon Ride Over CappadociaPreparing for the FlightSlowly Climbing the SkiesThere Were Thousands of Balloons in the air With us
Slowly Climbing the Skies

Soon enough, 18 of us gather into our basket and slowly inch our way up, towards the clear skies. The balloon rises at a languid pace, as we all wow in amazement. 

The balloon rises at a languid pace, as we all wow in amazement

At times, the basket gets so close to the pointed tops of the conical-shaped fairy chimneys that we hold our breathes and watch in bewilderment.

Hot air Balloon Ride Over CappadociaPreparing for the FlightSlowly Climbing the SkiesThere Were Thousands of Balloons in the air With us
There Were Thousands of Balloons in the air With us

At one point, we all gasp out loud as another balloon comes within inches away from us, but our pilot as usual steers us swiftly towards the clear skies. 

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By the time we edge past the colossal cliffs and volcanic rocks, the sun is shining in its full grandeur, casting bright rays upon the landscape below us. The entire patchwork of slopes, valleys and meandering trails all seem to glow under the bright sunshine.

Flying Over the Fairy ChimneysWe had Some Thrilling Close Calls!
Flying Over the Fairy Chimneys
The Skyline was Dotted With Balloons 
The Skyline was Dotted With Balloons 
Flying Over the Fairy ChimneysWe had Some Thrilling Close Calls!
We had Some Thrilling Close Calls!

The flight eases slowly and relaxingly, so much so that we barely notice that we are reaching altitudes of almost 3,000m above the ground.

Up Over 3,000m Above the Ground
Up Over 3,000m Above the Ground
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One of Many Incredible Views

By the end of the flight, our pilot pops a bottle of champagne and celebrates! 

We all receive our flight certifications, already secretly planning our next hot-air balloon flight.

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