The Cappadocia region, one of Turkey's most important tourism centers, known for its fairy chimneys, has become a favorite place to take a hot-air balloon ride. Winter offers an even more unique view as from the sky, visitors can witness a view of the region's fairy chimneys and unique landscape covered in snow. Tourists are now making Cappadocia one of their must-see destinations and the cold weather is not at all a determent for the opportunity to see the region's breathtaking landscape covered in snow.
One of the hot balloon operators that offer tours of the region, Cappadocia Voyager Balloons Pilot Mehmet Halis Aydoğan explains that instead of being cold, once the hot air balloon elevates, temperatures begin to warm up and passengers don't really feel cold, therefore they see a higher demand of hot-air balloon trips during the winter months. "In the winter, the ground is very cold. You can feel this for 100 to 15o meters above the ground. However once you head into the sky, the cold air from the ground dissipates. Of course, there is also the heat factor from the balloon. The balloon flies with the wind, however passengers riding it only feel the wind if it is particular heavy," states Aydoğan. "When everywhere is covered in snow, it provides a beautiful combination between the fairy chimneys and valleys as well as the Erciyes Mountain. Everywhere looks magical, which is a site that deeply affects visitors in Cappadocia in winter.
VISITORS FROM THE FAR EAST LOVE CAPPADOCIAAlthough the numbers of hot-air balloons that operate in winter are less than the numbers in summer, the interest in this unique activity does not appear to wane, with tourists from the Far East showing the most demand for these unique tours. However, it is April to October when they see the highest number of tourists flock to the region, with over one hundred hot-air balloons embarking every day," explains Aydoğan, who goes on to state: