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Cappadocia: A Basic Guide to the Moonscapes

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An October 2009 trip to Cappadocia by Owen Lipsett

Rock Valley Pension Photo, Goreme, Turkey More Photos
Quote: Many visitors spend just a day or two in Cappadocia, I spent a week and a half. Whichever period (or more likely somewhere in between) you decide to spend, I hope these tips will help you appreciate this unique region.

Cappadocia Basics

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Hill Near Goreme Photo, Goreme, Turkey
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What and Where is Cappadocia?Cappadocia is a nebulously defined region in Central Anatolia where volcanic activity has resulted in both exceptionally rich soil and bizarre undulating landscapes and "fairy chimneys" that wind and water have sculpted out of the soft volcanic tuff. As with many any other areas of Turkey, it has been home to a variety of civilizations, starting with the Hittites who gave it its name, which means "land of the well-bred horses" (a unique breed which you can still ride). Besides its topography, it’s famous for two unique types of dwellings left by Greek Christians who inhabited the area until the population exchange of 1923: underground cities (althoug...Read More

Rock Valley Pension

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Hotel | "Rock Valley Pension - A Mixed Experience"

Rock Valley Pension Photo, Goreme, Turkey
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Even after spending a week and a half at Rock Valley Pension, I’m torn on whether to recommend it or not. On the one hand, it has a wonderful location right at the edge of a valley and the better rooms are quite comfortable. It also attracts a truly unique and wonderful range of travelers and has three delightful kosks (Turkish padded gazebos) in its ample garden. I found these a very enjoyable place to relax at any time of day or night. There’s also a nice lounge area, which is heated, which was a pleasant place to hang out on chilly nights.On the other hand, the owner has a somewhat odd attitude toward guests (sometimes nice, sometimes rude), made me switch rooms after the fir...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 7, 2009

Rock Valley Pension
Isali Mah. Iceri Dere Sok
Goreme, Turkey 50180
+90 384 271 2153

Goreme Open Air Museum

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Attraction | "Goreme Open-Air Museum"

Goreme Open Air Museum Photo, Goreme, Turkey
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The Goreme Open-Air Museum is located a straightforward 1.5 km (20 minute) uphill walk from the village of Goreme which is clearly marked. Tickets costs 20 TL and it is open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. It’s best to arrive as early as possible, particularly in the summer, to avoid both tour groups (whose members can become very pushy given the small spaces and long waits) and hot sun (outside the churches).The Goreme Open Air Museum is the largest and best known of a number of church complexes in Cappadocia, and contains various painted churches carved out of the rocks and fairy chimneys that date to the 10th to 12th centuries. Despite the high admission fee, and the additional char...Read More

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Goreme Open Air Museum
1 Mile Outside Goreme
Goreme, Turkey

Hiking the Valleys Around Goreme

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Cappadocia Photo, Cappadocia, Turkey
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This entry is intended to provide information on hiking the valleys around Goreme which I wish I’d had on my visit. When you arrive in Goreme, there’s a useful detailed map available for 5 TL at the makeshift tourist office by the bus station. Personally, I found the free map handed out by The Shoestring Cave Pension more useful since it provided very accurate information about where to find trailheads, in some cases the most difficult part of these hikes. Be sure to bring at least 1.5 liters of water on each of these hikes (a bottle this size is available all over Goreme for 1 TL. I have arranged the hikes below in order of difficulty, although you ...Read More

Green Tour of Southern Cappadocia

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Formerly Inhabited Fairy Chimney Photo, Cappadocia, Turkey
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I’m not an advocate of organized tours in general, since they involve traveling at someone else’s pace and limit your ability to vary your itinerary. However, given the difficulties of visiting Southern Cappadocia (where the underground cities and Ihlara Valley are located) without your own transportation and the fact that it’s much cheaper than trying to visit these sights yourself, I do recommend taking this tour if you’re staying in Goreme. It’s a standard tour offered by most agencies in Goreme for approximately 50 TL. Since visiting the sights on your own plus lunch would costs 55 TL, it’s a good deal before you even account for guiding (which is crucial for the underground city) and transp...Read More