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Cappadocia at a Glance

Cappadocia has some of Turkey's wildest and most magical landscapes. Thousands of rock formations called "fairy chimneys" rise heavenward and much earlier in history people dug out homes and churches inside these rocky spires. Visitors to Cappadocia can experience the strange beauty by floating above in a hot air balloon, or walking amongst the ancient buildings. Guests also enjoy spending the night in a cave hotel. Turkish tea, coffee, kebabs and other treats sustain you when you need a snack.

Cappadocia's unique landscape made it hard for invading armies to enter. Early Christians sought refuge here and the rocks are filled with hundreds of churches, chapels and Biblical art scenes. Whether you are here to learn about ancient people, experience early Christianity, or simply marvel in this unusual geography, Cappadocia is sure to leave its mark.

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April - May, September - October
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November - March, June - August
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      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Visitors from the U.S, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia need a valid passport and a visa. The visa can be purchased at their point of entry and needs to be paid in cash with exact change only. Learn more at the website of the Turkish Embassy to your country. American citizens can also use the U.S State Department website as a point of reference.

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      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Wintertime, especially in eastern Turkey, is chilly. Snowfall in the mountains can close roads.

      Safety Concerns Turkey is a safe place to travel, but use common sense. Keep your valuables out of sight and protect your passport. ATM scams do occur so avoid ATMs with loiterers. When traveling to Cappadocia by bus, it is important to make sure your ticket takes you exactly where you want to go. Unscrupulous buses can sometimes drop you far from where you want to go.

      Health Concerns Stick to bottled water or use a water purifier for your drinking and cooking water in Turkey. Travelers should also keep themselves cool and well hydrated in the heat.