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A must try Hot Air Balloon ride in Cappadocia

Sailing across a beautiful landscape in a hot air balloon had always been on my bucket list and for this reason, we planned on visiting Cappadocia while we were traveling in Turkey. Cappadocia lies in the central part of Turkey and is known for its arid terrain, colorful valleys, fairyland like mushroom-shaped chimneys and hot air ballooning over them, all of these are quite romantic in its own way.

As many of us might have come across the breath-taking pictures of hundreds of balloons floating in the air against the vividly colored sky of Cappadocia during the dawn. Inspired by these pictures, my husband and I decided to spend a couple of nights in this adventurous land and after a thorough research, we decided on Butterfly Balloons company.

But, when we arrived at our hotel on the previous day and enquired further about hot air ballooning in Cappadocia with our hotel manager, he warned us that sometimes the tours get canceled because of the bad weather and extreme wind conditions for which we had to be prepared and not to get disappointed by this. I prayed and kept my fingers crossed as our sole purpose of visiting Cappadocia was the hot air balloon.

Related post: Things to do in Cappadocia

Finally, to our relief, we didn’t get any calls regarding cancellations in the morning, and hence we woke up early and got ready. We were picked up from our hotel by a van and driven to the headquarters of Butterfly Balloons where we were served some breakfast and hot coffee which was really comforting from the chilly morning. After few minutes of waiting here, we were taken to the location where our balloon lay deflated and few men were working on it to get it flying. In the sky, I could already see few of the balloons floating and I couldn’t contain my excitement about seeing this. After briefing us about the do’s and dont’s we were asked to step into the basket along with 14 other guests.

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Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia

Slowly, the burner started making the hissing sound and we started moving up away from the ground. In no time we were floating upwards towards the west over the Love Valley and we would see the sun slowly making an appearance in the east behind the Mount Erciyes, throwing a splendid crimson orb around it. This site was to behold and the colors in the sky looked so surreal that I was totally mesmerized.

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Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia
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We were surrounded by the crisp, cold morning air as we had visited Cappadocia during the end of spring in November last year. Our balloon flew in the direction the wind blew as the caption maneuvered the attitudes. My husband who is a pilot, was very intrigued by the concept of hot air balloon flight techniques hence he had few questions to ask with the caption, Mr. Mustafa who was in charge of our balloon 😉 Hot air balloon operates on a basic theory that warm air rises in cooler air because hot air has less mass per unit of volume than cool air. To keep the balloon, that is the envelope as they call it, floating hot air is propelled up towards it using a burner.

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We rose high along with the sun passing over the colorful valleys, chimney-shaped structures, pigeon holes, and the whole area looked spectacular from the above. It looked as if I was seeing this landscape through the kaleidoscope where the colors changed dramatically every minute from crimson hues to blues. It was truly a magical experience to watch the sunrise over this out of this planet like landscape and hence I know why hot air balloon is a must try in Cappadocia. 

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We enjoyed our one hour flight taking in all the beauty from 5000ft height and finally landed in the fields in a slow, swaying motion. We were amazed at how skillfully Mustafa landed our basket right on the back of a trailer. As the tradition goes our caption popped open the champagne to celebrate the successful completion of our tour.

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Seeing Cappadocia from the height above was absolutely amazing and mornings here are full of joie de vivre.

Have you guys tried hot air balloon in Cappadocia or any other place in the world? Do suggest any other place where we can try this again in the comments below!

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54 thoughts on “A must try Hot Air Balloon ride in Cappadocia

  1. Beautiful pics. Ballon ride over Cappadocia always fascinated me. I loved pics of the balloon with sunrise, it added another dimension to the whole ride. I am sure watching the sunrise and golden dawn from balloon must be an awesome experience.

  2. a dream come true!! wow! i am sure it was a lovely experience.

    i just missed it in Jaipur and I remember reading, as you also mentioned, that turkey is THE PLACE for air hot ballooning
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  3. It must have been an awesome experience to be in one of those hot air balloons! I’ve read so many articles about how great Cappadocia is that I am really thinking of planning a trip there as soon as possible. Your article gives very useful information about trying a hot air balloon ride. I’m definitely saving it now for future reference!

  4. Your photographs are absolutely stunning, I love how the colours change! That’s great there’s a Love Valley in Cappadocia, who knew?! I’d really love to do this myself one day. Early morning would be the best I’m sure!

    1. It’s stunning to watch the sunrise while you are floating in a ballon. Thank you Lisa, hope you loved reading my experience

  5. Your photos are amazing!! I’ve never been in a hot air balloon before and would love to try it one day. And what better place than Cappadocia? You’ve inspired me to go!

  6. I’ve never tried hot air ballooning in Cappadocia but your writing makes it sound amazing! I would love to see that surreal landscape from a drone’s perspective. Turkey is still on my list of countries to visit. Great post. 🙂

  7. A few weeks ago, I did not even know that Cappadocia exists. I have read many blogs about this destination recently. It seems to be a favorite among bloggers. And this hot air balloon ride experience is exciting!

    1. Cappadocia is worth every hipe and totally romantic and magical. and this hot air balloon is just icing on the cake:)

  8. That ride looks absolutely beautiful! I’ve always wanted to do a hot air balloon ride, and I’m saving that experience for when we finally make it to Cappadocia. 🙂 I hope we get as lucky with the sunrise as you did–those colors are out of this world!

  9. Balloon rides in Cappadocia is always on my wish-list. You have captured really stunning photographs during the ride. Taking this ride at the time of sunrise must be so beautiful thing to do to start a day. I will also look for Butterfly Balloons when visit this place.

  10. Sounds surreal and looks amazing. The colors of the sky are lovely at that time of day, and the silhouette of the hot air balloons so dreamy against that. I may not have the stomach to go up in one of those, though.

    1. I highly recommend you to do this Punita, once you are up there you will forget all your fears and enjoy the view..:)

  11. I have been planning a trip to Turkey in the coming months and Cappadocia was on my list for its beautiful landscapes and caves. While the balloon ride was just another experience I wanted to try if possible. But after reading your experience and seeing the pictures, I wouldn’t mind going to Cappadocia just for the balloon ride.

  12. I got SO EXCITED when I read the title because this is something that’s totally up there on my bucket list! It looks like so much fun, and the views you got are STUNNING. So cool that you got to do this, and I hope I can too someday!

  13. WHAT A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE INDEED! GOOD THING THE WEATHER COOPERATED FOR YOU GUYS. THE SKILL REQUIRED TO FLY THOSE AND LAND SO SAFELY IS MINDBLOWING. SO COOL THAT YOUR HUSBAND IS A PILOT SO HE COULD RELATE TO THE CAPTAIN IN A WAY.

    1. That’s true, waking up so early was a task for us too but all I could think of was the flight and the views I had seen.. I can say i bearly got any sleep 😉

  14. I crewed for a hot-air balloon pilot as a teen. I love flying! Your pictures are incredible especially the ones with the sunrise. The land looks like a moon-scape!

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