03
May-2016

Located in Central Anatolia, in the heart of Turkey, Cappadocia feels more like it belongs on the Moon than planet Earth. Cappadocia’s strange rock chimneys, protrusions and colorful valleys were formed from millions of years of erosion on soft volcanic ash. Where this soft volcanic ash, called tuff, mixed with harder basalt, the weathering process created the strange cone-shaped rock pinnacles, such as the Fairy Chimneys. The Cappadocia region is known for its excellent hiking, rich history (including some of the world’s oldest Christian artwork), classic Anatolian cuisine, and friendly locals. It’s a reion in Trkey that is easy to arrive but hart to leave — time seems to slowdown and the beauty of the region keeps travelers longer than they intend. Enjoy this visual slice of Cappadocia and fuel your travel dreams.

 

Cappadocia is world-renowned for its dawn hot air balloon rides. Soaring high above Cappadocia's moonscape landscape as the sun just crests the horizon is a unique and highly memorable travel experience. Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.

Cappadocia is world-renowned for its dawn hot air balloon rides. Soaring high above Cappadocia’s moonscape landscape as the sun just crests the horizon is a unique and highly memorable travel experience. Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.

 

Hot air balloons flying high over Goreme, Cappadocia. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.

Hot air balloons flying high over Goreme, Cappadocia. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.

 

Learning about traditional Turkish weaving techniques from ladies in Cappadocia. No matter where you are traveling in Turkey, locals love to teach travelers about their history, customs and traditions. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.

Learning about traditional Turkish weaving techniques from ladies in Cappadocia. No matter where you are traveling in Turkey, locals love to teach travelers about their history, customs and traditions. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.

Exploring the underground cities of Cappadocia. These subterranean villages were used by the Christians to hide from Roman persecution. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography

Exploring the underground cities of Cappadocia. These subterranean villages were used by the Christians to hide from Roman persecution. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography

 

In addition to textiles, Cappadocia craftsman are also known for their pottery. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.

In addition to textiles, Cappadocia craftsman are also known for their pottery. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.

Goreme, in the heart of Cappadocia, lit up at night. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.

Goreme, in the heart of Cappadocia, lit up at night. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.

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