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Turkey (6): A tour of Cappadocia

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Turkey is the only country in the world that shares continents. It has a special magic and every minute in it seems as if the same minute was lost in some forgotten corner of time.

On the second day in Cappadocia we enter the pink valley. We walk again to the Göreme museum and from there we enter the valley leaving the road on the right. From here there is an easy path to follow that will take you to Urgüp.

The valley is called Devrent - which means imagination - although because of its color it is commonly called the pink valley. The rock formations make one escape their own imagination in a valley that seems enchanted by itself. The area has never been inhabited and you will not find any house in the area.

In Urgüp there are also old houses carved into the rock and rocky walls with imaginary figures. It is interesting to reach the top of the small hill that presides over the town. It is called Temenni and there you will find the tomb of a saint and a terrace where you can have a good tea enjoying the views of Urgüp and the adjacent valleys.

During our last day in Cappadocia we took a tour to make the most interesting points in the area that we could not reach by ourselves. We got together with the Australians of the hostel and started the adventure by visiting the underground city of Kaimakli.

Cappadocia is the closest thing to a gruyere cheese but in stone. The place is the closest thing to the moon on Earth and is full of grottos and underground cities. Kaimakli is one of them. It is convenient to visit the place with a guide to explain the extraordinary history behind it. Tunnels and tunnels, underground passageways and countless rooms scattered on different levels of the earth. The 6th-century Christians took refuge in them and their engineering knowledge was amazing.

Then we went to visit the fairy chimneys. It is one of the most characteristic images of Cappadocia. Strange formations that transport one to fairy tales and elves. The rock is formed by two different parts of ore due to erosion and that is why they form that curious effect. One is encouraged in the place and begins to make curious rock climbs. They seem easy to climb but be careful because due to erosion it is not so easy to grip the ground.

After visiting the chimneys of the fairies they took us to a ceramic bone. We expected it. The tour had left us quite cheap to understand the whole day and we could not miss a visit to the cousin of his regent wife of a great pottery shop. Of course, we drank tea, had a laugh and didn't buy anything.

However, to be able to visit all these places - essential in addition to Cappadocia - it is essential to rent a tour. Public transport is scarce and, for one day, always gives a different touch to your independent trip.

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