Photos of beautiful Cappadocia: discovering the landscapes that belong on another planet

Rose Valley

Rose Valley

Cappadocia is one of Turkey’s most visited regions and with good reason: the whole region’s topography was  formed through thousands of years of erosion on the soft stone hills, thus creating unique landscapes that seem like they belong on the moon rather than on this planet.

We spent  three full days over there and could easily have filled many more with loads of outdoor activities. Most people that visit Cappadocia take a hot air balloon ride that lifts off at 6AM and takes tourists through the area. We decided to opt out as we prefered to visit the area with our feet firmly planted to the ground. No regrets (though everyone we spoke to that took the balloon ride loved it).

There are so many interesting things to discover while walking through the valleys!  We hired an experimented guide who goes by the name of Walking Mehmet. He took us to secluded areas and shared lots of interesting information about the region. The next day we decided to take another guided tour, this time by bus so we could cover longer distances. As things turned out, our good fortune stood by us and we ended up having another private  tour with yet another excellent guide named Mehmet (from what we gather, in Turkey Mehmet is as common a name as John is in North America). He took us to many amazing places during that day: among which an underground city, a caldera lake, the breathtaking Ilhara valley and the rock monastery of Selime.

Here are a few photos:

Ihlara Valley

Ihlara Valley

Ihlara Valley canyon

Ihlara Valley canyon

Nar lake, a volcanic caldera lake

Nar lake, a volcanic caldera lake

A view of the village of Uchisar and it's fortress

A view of the village of Uchisar and it’s fortress

A well deserved rest at a café, after a long walk through the valleys

A well deserved rest at a café, after a long walk through the valleys

Rose Valley

Çavuşin

Çavuşin

A beautiful valley near Goreme

A beautiful valley near Goreme

Cave church painting

Cave church painting

Walking through the breathtaking valleys

Walking through the breathtaking valleys

A small vineyard

A small vineyard

Hot air balloon landing spot between the rock formations

Hot air balloon landing spot between the rock formations

Looks like a star wars set doesn't it?

Looks like a star wars set doesn’t it?

A donkey snacking on some dry grass

A donkey snacking on some dry grass

painting cappadocia_turkey

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2 thoughts on “Photos of beautiful Cappadocia: discovering the landscapes that belong on another planet

    1. lapetitelea Post author

      Hi! We found Walking Mehmet through the Lonely Planet guidebooks and we found the other guide (also named Mehmet) by just walking into a tourism agency in the city of Goreme. I wish I could give you the name but unfortunately, I didn’t write it down… I believe the agency was close to the bus terminal.

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