Up Above the Cappadocia

Beautiful scenery of Cappadocia

Beautiful scenery of Cappadocia

Cappadocia gave me the most thrilling but yet exciting experience ever happened in my life so far : riding Hot Air Balloon!

Flying on plane has been my hobby, well could be said my travel need. I’ve been hearing from my friends that if I were to travel to Turkey, riding an hot air balloon is an unforgettable experience that not to be missed. So, hot air balloon? Here we go!

Once you book your hot air balloon, the crew will provide a pick up service to the takeoff site at the hotel before dawn. While waiting for the hot air balloon to be ready, small breakfast such as biscuits, bread and warm tea or coffee are served. Then, the van will bring us to the take off site. Here you will see the crew busy flaming up the balloon, not to burn, but to fill up the balloon with heated air so it can fly.

Filling up the balloon so it can fly

Filling up the balloon with heated air before flying

One by one, hot air balloon are set to take off

One by one, hot air balloon are set to take off

Cappadocia balloon flights is getting more popular every year. Of course, perfect weather conditions is required. The best time for the fly is from April-October. If your balloon company cancels your flight because of unsafe conditions, don’t be upset because safety will always go first. The pilots are skilled and experienced too, certified to fly the balloons.

The ride took about 1 hour and you will be able to watch the sunrise from the balloon. The views from the top are breathtaking. People who enjoy photography like me, please bring extra memory card because you are going to shoot hundreds or even thousands. I took around 800 shoots just from the ride alone. 

Ms. Sunrise shyly wakes up.

Say hello to Ms. Sunrise who is shyly waking up

View from 900m above the land, the max height of the day

View from 900m above the land, the max height of the day

The most important part from riding the balloon are the landing moment. The pilot will teach the passengers the correct landing position. This is important for the safe-landing.

Once done, the crew will pick us up where we landed. We will be awarded by certificate to acknowledge the experience of riding hot air balloon. Then, take a sip a traditional champagne toast to a successful aeronautical adventure.

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