Day 5: Cappadocia



Morning View at the Hotel in Cappadocia

Bad news, no hot air balloon ride today. But there’s plenty to see in our schedule today in Capadocia, first we visited Kaymakli Underground City, a cave Christian used in the past to hide from the Romans. There are many cities in Capadocia, connected with each other by a tunnel. The cave is quite large and well constructed, in the making of the cave people could dig the wall using a spoon or any tools because the wall easily corroded and shaped. We are going about 20 meters under the ground and see various room, there are various size of living room, kitchen, winery, but there were no bathroom. My tour leader said they were burried deeper. The path inside the cave is very small and limited to one person only, we have to crawl to get inside. The tunnel looks much like Cu Chi Tunnel in Vietnam.

Tunnel in Kaymakli Underground City

Kaymakli Underground City

We have lunch in Capadocia, the restaurant is located on a hill facing spectacular view. Cappadocia terrain was shaped by vulcanic eruption long time ago, creating a stone with several unique shapes. The scenery in Cappadocia is wonderful, perhaps the best in Turkey. We went to Goreme open air museum also, few churchs on a cave and museum.


A carpet gallery in Cappadocia


Womens working at carpet gallery in Cappadocia


Goreme Open Air Museum

Goreme Open Air Museum


Jeep Ride Across Capadocia Terrain

The most interesting attraction today was jeep riding through Cappadocia rocky terrain. It was exhilarating experience and a must try for everyone visiting Turkey. We saw sunset at the last stop in top of the hill facing the city, the sky was majestic, the way it illuminated the whole city is unforgettable.


View from a hill in Cappadocia

Exhilarating Jeep Ride Through Rocky Terrain

Beautiful Sunset Over Cappadocia

At night we have Belly dance and other traditional dances. It was quite vulgar, the dancer also invite several guests to the floor and copy her move. We have a good laugh, then we went back to hotel

About Kevin

Kevin is an Emerging Markets Research Analyst at a global macro investment firm based in Montreal, Canada. Originally trained to be a medical doctor, he found his passion in capital markets after being involved in managing portion of his family’s equity portfolio. Kevin holds Masters degree in both finance and management, has passed all levels of CFA exam, and is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and Professional Financial Modeller (PFM). He read voraciously and has a hobby of tinkering (read: programming) his systematic equity and volatility trading model for the “Quantimental” investment firm he founded. In his spare time, Kevin likes to travel the world and become a freelance photographer for Getty Images. To date, he has a portfolio of over 1200 pictures across 35 countries.
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3 Responses to Day 5: Cappadocia

  1. I have seen photos of this great city of in human civilization. Your photos make me yearn to visit it soon. Thanks for sharing your experience through lovely photos 🙂

    • agent909 says:

      Be sure to visit it in February to August, my tour leader said it is the best season to visit Turkey, the weather is nicer than when I visited it last Winter. Due to the wind and weather I couldn’t have a balloon ride, it’s best to stay in Cappadocia for 4 days or so. Cheers!

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