Metrolya jeep safari
One of the tours we paid for with our hotel guide was the Jeep safari adventure. The pick up was early at 8.15am. We were with a tour company called Metrolya, the tour cost us 20GBP each. We got to ride in the front seats with the driver. Behind us was a family of three, mum and two kids and right at the back was another family of four, mum, dad and the two boys. There were four jeeps that were all part of the same company. Our guide turned out to be the lead guide for all four jeeps. His name was Mikali (Mike), he was a complete joker. He sang, he danced and he entertained the crowd.
The first stop was Tlos, here we saw the ancient Lycian tombs carved into the face of the mountains.
The history of the tombs were explained. They were built by the Lycian people whom ruled this part of the coast. They built a castle on top of the highest point of the area, an acropolis. The tombs were carved into the face of the mountains in levels. The top level being for the richest people and the bottom tombs for the poor people. Within the tombs again there is the hierarchy of the family, men at the top and the women at the bottom. All the family would be buried in the same tomb. We did not enter the site just a quick stop over for a photo opportunity. After the historical facts the other drivers and the photographer was introduced and a quick greeting with the other tourists.
We continued on to a small quiet nature spot, Yakapark.
There were women making pancakes, a small waterfall, boudoir style seating and a bar with fish swimming in a stream on the bar top. We had a chance to touch the fish here, they felt very smooth, not scaly at all. We ordered our lemon and sugar pancakes and munched on them happily. We walked up the steps to see behind the waterfall. There were a few carvings on the walls, a centaur fighting a man, mermaids and carvings of tombs. We had 20-30mins to enjoy the calm before jumping back into the jeeps.
We headed towards Saklikent. The tour guides sold us some sweets so that we could hand them out to the kids on the side of the road. They charged 5TL for each bag, my advice is to bring some of your own. The kids waved, laughed and smiled at us by the side of the road.
They then pulled out their hoses and soaked us. It was refreshing as the heat of the day was starting to set in and the sun was beaming down on us. Saklikent was a fair distance from Tlos, we passed several villages on the way.
We slowed down as we approached the gorge. Mike pointed it out in the distance and then paused so that we could enjoy the view of the river that ran through it. We parked up and the Mike lead us to the entrance of the gorge. He explained that the cost for entrance was 4TL, would could opt to go in or stay outside and enjoy the few shops. They do not come in with us. We were only given a time limit of about 40mins. We went in and saw the hordes of people in the river trying to cross through to the other side.
The water was a least waist deep and the current strong enough to push you over. The water was stone cold but very crystal clear. We attempted to go right through the middle but the current was too strong. Advice, do not bring anything in with you as it could get wet and damaged. The second attempt I went through with a huge bunch of people, a young boy offered his hand to help me across but I declined. We had been warned about them as they demand payment for their help afterwards. On the other side through the gorge the water is very very shallow.
You can follow the path right around the crack of the gorge. We are told that you can walk up to 4km from this point before the gap gets too narrow to pass through.
The water here is so cold because the sun cannot get through the gap to penetrate the water. I only walked around the corner for a couple of minutes before heading back. As our time was ticking we decided to chill with our feet in the water for a bit before leaving.
Lunch was served in the canteen style restaurant. The choices were chicken, fish and meatballs, as much sides as you want. The drinks are not included so you pay extra for that. I chose the grilled trout, it was nice but full of bones. The food was decent but nothing to write home about. All the sides were cold salads buffet style. During our lunch, staff walk around trying to sell you honey pistachios or almonds or some sort of nuts.
After lunch we went off to do river rafting, 30TL. You have to wear rubber shoes, you grab a ring and a paddle and you head down to the river. The guys give you a quick safety talk. You jump onto the ringo and they drag you into the water. It is quite difficult to manoeuvre the paddle to get down river. If you paddle too hard or fast on one side then you end up going round in circles. I did end up going round and round and making myself dizzy before getting the hang of it. In the shallow areas of the river the rocks really hurt your bum. I tried to follow the deep parts of the river and tried to flow through the river facing the right way.
At the end of the river route the guide and the other guests that didn't take part in the rafting are waiting.
We jump out of the river and into the jeeps. We head towards the mud bath. We drive for about 20mins or so before we get there. We are told to strip off in the jeep to avoid getting all your stuff muddy. Mike gets us all in a row and makes us walk in a line in the mud. We then form a circle with Mike in the middle of the mud puddle. He makes us do all sorts of silly dances and jiggles. He then instructs us to put mud on certain areas and tells us some entertaining jokes. Later he lets us bath in the mud ourselves and the other drivers put it on our heads and puts grass on us too. The mud is soft and not smelly at all. The mud dries very quickly too much washes off easily too. We jump into the river to wash off all the mud.
wading through the freezing water
The current is pretty strong and I managed to get rushed off with the water a couple of times. The drivers come into the river to help us wash the mud off our hair.
After the mud bath we are expecting to be taken to the beach now. Instead we get dropped off at a Turkish carpet factory. We all get taken into the room where we see women had making the detail on the carpets. We all get led further into another room filled with hundreds of carpets and the man constantly reassures us that we are not required to purchase a carpet. He talks us through some of the different patterned carpets that he has and the prices for them. No one is interested in buying a carpet and we are keen on getting out of there.
Next stop the car wash and pool area.
lady enjoying the calm of the gorge
We jump out of the jeep so that the car can have a proper wash down. We have access to a large pool area and so we decide to go for a quick dip. The photographer uploads all the photos and arranges them into the various families that are on the trip. The cost of the CD is 20GBP. After the stop over the guide lets us decide if we still want to go to the beach. As it is already quite late we decide that we didn't want to go to the beach. We wanted to head back to the hotel and have a proper shower and grab some dinner. We were dropped off direct to our door at about 7pm.
We checked out the night life in Fetiye, hoping that the night life would be more to our taste. The town was pretty quiet, only a few people dressed up and ready to party.
We used a HSBC cash point to try to withdraw some TL, instead it gave us GBP? confused? yes. Some other British tourists heard us and told us that this had happened to some other people that were staying in there hotel. They advised that the best bet was to go to an office and try to haggle a good exchange price. Anyhow we continued onto a club called MCM or MGM, can't quite remember. It was empty instead, like 3 people at the bar and a couple in the seating area. The music was good though, they played lots of r'n'b but there was absolutely no atmosphere. We only stayed for one drink before we decided that it was not about to get any better. We headed back to the hotel once again disappointed.