Walking in Capadoccia
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Feb 12, 2013 7:40 AM Last Post By: Veta
Feb 4, 2013 4:40 AM
Walking in CapadocciaHello everybody,
We are spending a couple of days in Capadoccia in late April, staying in Urgup. We would like to know if, from Urgup, it is possible to hike and explore the surrounding landscape on your own and see some of the best parts or if we really need to rent a guide or take part in a group tour type thing? We don'r really have a good sense of the kind of distances involved and so don't know if its really possible to just do under our own steam.
Also, any tips for best things to do/see would be much appreciated!
Feb 4, 2013 8:40 AM
1If you are staying two days, you will have one full day, and it would probably be a good idea to book at least a driver if not a guide.
What are the things you want to see most?
Will you have a car? There are local buses, but I found it difficult and inconvenient to use them. I walked several valleys from Goreme and hired a driver to visit the underground cities and Ilhara Valley.
Are you 100% set on Urgup? From Goreme, you can walk to Uchisar, walk to the Open Air Museum, and walk to Cavisun, along numerous spectacular valley paths.
http://www.goreme.com/cappadocia-hiking-tours.php lists some of the valleys and their distances, and it says the Uzengi valley is accessible from Urgup.
Feb 11, 2013 12:15 PM
Thanks for your reply. We will probably pay to do a hot air balloon trip which will wipe out most of our budget! But we are also very keen to go and do some hiking in the capadoccian landscape. If it is easy to access this (and not get lost!) and walk for a few hours without a guide that would be great. But if people really think we need someone to drive us to the right starting points and walk with us then maybe we will think about paying for a guide.
We have already booked accommodation in Urgup, although that could be changed I suppose. How long is the bus journey between Urgup and Goreme?
Feb 12, 2013 7:40 AM
3I don't know, as I read there were local buses/dolmuses, but they seemed geared for the locals and not easy to sort out. I could have missed the boat entirely on that though. I found all of the valleys I walked from Goreme easy to navigate with the exception of rose/red valley, which I felt certain we'd get lost in. It was the end of a day-long walking adventure, so we just skirted the valley until we got back to the road into Goreme. Your hotel should be able to provide maps, or a local tourist office.
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