Pamukkale Travel Blog› entry 5 of 19 › view all entries
December 21st, 2008 – by: esterrene
First I should explain that it is a miracle that this natural wonder still exists. Today Pamukkale is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. However, prior to UNESCO turning its attention to preserving the site, it had endured extremely harsh treatment at the hands of some very ignorant people.
Pamukkale is located 6 hours southwest of Ankara. We decided to take the midnight bus and arrive early in the morning in Denizli. From there we took a 30 minute shuttle bus to our hotel in the small modern town of Pamukkale. We were unable to check into our hotel (The Hierapolis) room at such an early hour, but the people at the front desk were kind enough to let us store our bags near the desk while we went off to see Pamukkale.
Cost of entrance into Pamukkale was 20 Turkish lira (around $14) and free to Turks holding the special Turkish Museum Card. The cost is fully worth it, especially since it also includes the ancient city of Hierapolis!! Unfortunately the sky wasn't clear during our trip. There was some sun in the early morning for an hour or so, but quickly the clouds came rolling over us bringing with it a misty fog that enhanced the mysterious vibe of Pamukkale and Hierapolis, but made for poor photos :(.
Even with the lack of sun for better photos, Pamukkale was still an AMAZING landscape to view and explore! Most of the travertines were off limits from human contact for the reason of environmental preservation, but there was one large hotspring open for the public to enter and walk around barefoot. It was suppose to be a hot spring, but the water was not always so warm to stand in and the textures of the limestone was sometimes painful to walk on and sometimes too slippery for standing still. We cautiously walked to the edge for the full view of the mountain side and it was fantastic! Looking down we could see several natural limestone travertines filled with clear aquamarine blue water leading down the mountain. At the bottom of the mountain was a small village covered in mist.
Afterward we walked on a wooden trail built along the site with a random stray dog that had taken an immediate liking to Semih. There were many stray dogs wondering around the site, but they mostly kept to themselves. Our stray dog just wanted some company before taking off down the mountain at the end of the wooden trail and the end of our Pamukkale part of the adventure.
Next Adventure: Hierapolis!!! :P
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