Cappadocia from the sky

Everything starts very early. The moon is on the sky shaped in the same way as the Turkish flag. Flying with balloon is magic, quiet and you feel peace while the day starts.

It was a cold morning in the middle of the Turkish peninsula, in Göreme, the heart of Cappadocia, the land made of sculptures and where the people lives underground. One of the typical and unforgettable activities that everyone must do in Capadoccia is a Balloon flight.

Dozens of ballons fly every morning in Göreme

The day starts driving a 4×4 between canyons and strange rock formations under the moonlight. At some point the driver stops and you see the balloon flyers stretching the deflated ballons in the fields. Then you hear a strong noise from a gas engine, burning gas to heat the air at the mouth of the balloon. In the darkness of the early morning, burning gas of different ballons at the same time look like a dance of flashes.

Burning gas to heat the air inside the ballon

Then, when the ballon stands by itself the flyer asks you to jump into the basket. Then prepeare your ears for the noise of the engine in full mode.



And when the air density inside the balloon is lower than the air outside, like magic and in a soft way, the cage starts floating.

Let’s go up!

The sun starts going up at the same pace as the balloon. It is maybe the most magic moment, surrounded by dozens of balloons and all together whatching the sunrise. Without any doubt one of the best sunrises you can see in the world. The colors and the shapes of Cappadocia start shining beneath the balloons. Everything looks like a quiet party.

Our shade

When you are high enough and the engines are off, the silence surrounds you and only a distant sound of other balloon engines can disturb you somehow. It is the moment to look 360º, take photos and videos.

Skars in the ground

Ssssssh Don’t say anything. Keep quiet.

The last to start flying

No words. Just the breeze.

Inflated colors

And at some point we started descending and flew narrowly by the rocky walls. We spotted a fox, which didn’t look afraid surrounded by balloons.

The rock formations are out of this world

And then the landing. This is definetely not quiet, smooth and peaceful. The flyer tries everything to make it as slow as possible, as soft as possible, but at the end you crash against the field and the basket spin while the balloon starts to desinflate. The only way of going out was by crawling while laughing.

Landning balloons

The experience was fantastic and we still had a cup of champagne and some typical turkish sweets.

Can you see the windows on the rocks?
Two Traveling Texans

10 thoughts on “Cappadocia from the sky

  1. What an amazing experience, this is definitely on my bucket list. I have never done a hot air balloon ride and I think Cappadocia is an ideal place to do it. Love the pictures, thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

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    1. Hi Anisa! We are glad to help you increase your bucket list 🙂 As you have in your last post, you can also fly with hot air balloon in Garrotxa among volcanoes in a 1-day trip from Barcelona. If you choose that we will do it with you 😀 If you choose Cappadocia we may not join you, but the experience for you will be fantastic! Thanks for your comment 🙂


  2. Wow lucky you! I still haven’t ticked this one off of my bucket list! I didn’t imagine it would be loud though! And I often only see pictures of people watching the balloons rise, not from actually in the basket! Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard!

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  3. What an incredible experience! I’ve heard people talking about this for ages now, and I’m dying to mark it off my list (unfortunately my husband is terrified of heights, so it might never happen…). Your descriptions are great, makes me feel like I’m there! Thanks for sharing! #TheWeeklyPostcard


    1. If your husband is terrified from heights, go you and let him wait you with the breakfast down to the land. 😀 We are happy that our descriptions made you feel like being there. That was the aim! Thanks for your comment 🙂


  4. Truly a remarkable experience and place, one of my favourite memories from my time in Turkey too. Love the shots of the balloons below. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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