Urgup Travel Blog› entry 14 of 22 › view all entries
Originally all I wanted from Turkey was beautiful architecture in Istanbul and then to soak up some of that famous beach time. But after hanging around the capital for awhile and seeing all the backpackers I thought about my plan a little more. It's not that I don't like backpackers, or hostels, it's just that I've travelled so long and so much that I don't always enjoy having the exact same conversation but at a different hostel every night with new people. I realized I wanted something more from Turkey...too bad I didn't know what it had to offer...
That's where the travel agent at our hostel came in. He was really helpful and stuck to our budget and gave us great suggestions.
Cappodocia (Land of the Beautiful Horses) is a 13 hour bus ride from Istanbul. That's really long. And the bus had no bathroom. Still baffles my mind that one. There are a bunch of towns that you can stay in and we picked one of the smaller ones- Urgup. We also sprung a little extra for an actual hotel...so nice! TV and private shower and amazing bedsheets.
This is where the landscape looks like nothing I've ever seen before. The rocks just push out of the ground but the scenery in the valley seemed to go on forever.
I don't remember how the fairy chimneys were made but they are a geological marvel (at least to me). Maybe it had somehting to so with soft rock and high wind/water...sounds familiar. As part of the travel package we designed we had two day trips and one free day. Unfortunantly our first day trip was right after we got off the 13 hour bus. We were dropped off at a central point and a minivan picked us up and took us to our hotel. We rushed through our showers and into new clothes and then ran to our new minibus for our day trip.
Underground cities, original curches, farmlands... We had some easy hiking/walking and beebopped between all the sites.
And there's wine. Lovely wine. Grapes all over. Great grapes. Great wine. Great food (you must have the tiny raviolli with sour cream). Great area. I would go back in a heatbeat.