Real talk, where is the best place to pop your cherry, your hot air balloon cherry that is? Well the answer is without a doubt the region of Cappadocia in Turkey. What’s more bucket list worthy than floating across a rugged otherworldly landscape at sunrise? Well probably nothing. These magnificent rock formations will truly transport you to another world. If you’re wondering how this surreal landscape came to be, it owes its beauty to a volcanic eruption some million years ago that covered the area in a layer of ash. Erosion has been working its magic ever since, creating this unique terrain that is unlike anything else you’ll ever see.
Hot Air Balloons: My Favourite Mode of Public Transportation
So what does it actually feel like to be flying in a hot air balloon? Well it feels pretty darn magical. The view of all one hundred hot air balloons at sunrise is just as mesmerizing as the landscape below. It’s incredibly peaceful and eerily quiet, with the only noises heard from camera shutters and the odd blast from the burner. Also, what’s surprising is that you don’t actually feel any movement in the basket, so it literally feels like you are floating above this moon-like landscape. After an hour of fun in the sky you’ll then float back down to earth and land on the back of a ute. Or if you’re lucky like me, you’ll get a slightly more exciting landing where you’ll need to use the emergency brace position as the basket hits the ground, tips halfway over and then begins to float back up again. Turns out we landed at the same speed as when we were flying, and it doesn’t take a genius to know you should clearly be decreasing in speed as you come in for landing. That’s the one thing about hot air ballooning, the wind is the puppet master.
If having your feet on the ground is more your thing, then renting ATVs and spending the morning chasing balloons is also a fantastic option and something I highly recommend. You can also simply roll out of bed and walk the few minutes up to the main viewpoint in town and check the balloons out from there.
Have you been hot air ballooning in Cappadocia? Where else are the best places to take a balloon ride? I always love adding to my bucket list!