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Friends With Cave Hotels

Having traveled to Cappadocia for over two decades, we have long-standing relationships with Turkish colleagues and friends who started adventure travel here like Haydar Haykir, the now 55-year old proprietor of Elkep Evi, our go-to boutique cave hotel. Haydar resides here, overseeing his small, personal hotel operation and reading philosophy from his cliff top, two-story cave dwelling. One night when the group went into town Anne and I stayed behind to have a quiet meal and catch up with him since the last time we visited. Twenty-three years ago Haydar’s was one of only three boutique cave hotels in Cappadocia—today there are over 300. “Everyone keeps trying to dig bigger and build better cave hotels with indoor pools, flat screen TVs and all the electronic gadgetry. I’m not going there…this is a cave after all,” Haydar insists. And that’s what we really like about him and using Elkep Evi for our...
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Guest — TravelingJon
A cave hotel... very nice! Looks like you are having an amazing trip and I can't wait to hear more about it.
Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:07
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Hot Air Balloon Over Cappadocia

We have all concluded that Cappadocia is the best place on earth that any one of us has flown in a hot air balloon. And among this well traveled group we've flown over the Serengeti, Kings Valley of Egypt, and other beautiful locations. It's not just my opinion, but everyone in the group highly recommends to any other future Wildland travelers not to miss this incredible flight! We offer it as an optional activity, and it leaves early enough in the morning that it typically doesn't interfere with other programmed events during our stay in Cappadocia. Most of us booked the flight in advance as part of our Wildland Adventure and by the time we arrived the rest of the space on that flight  was fully booked when Don and Eve decided they wanted to go. But, as it turned out, we had enough people in our group that the balloon...
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Guest — Kurt Kutay
Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey!
Friday, 28 September 2012 02:52
Guest — Anonymous
What country?
Thursday, 20 September 2012 13:32
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Turkey Bizarre

Tina brought a magazine article all about Cappadocia entitled “Turkey Bizarre” she had cut out of a magazine some 15 years ago because it sparked her imagination and inspired her to travel here one day. On our our first night in this high Anatolian plateau as the sun was setting and our group gathered at Doug’s terrace overlooking this bizarre landscape with Cappadocian wine in hand, Tina happily announced, “It’s every bit as beguiling and romantic as I envisioned it would be when I filed the article away and declared I would come here some day.” Deep layers of volcanic tuft eroded over 30 million years have been shaped and molded into fantastic spires known as Peri Bacalari, or “fairy chimneys” in travel literature, but once you’re here you understand why they call one canyon we hiked through “Love Valley”: towering phallic formations of pointed basalt caps that resisted erosion are...
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Istanbul: At the Epicenter of Civilizations

Since I was here with my family for the first time 50 years ago riding around in 1956 Chevy taxis, one I remember that used a built in 45 disc record player for a sound system, Istanbul has become an international hub more like New York City. Distinctive neighborhoods each with their own unique character and appeal worth exploring remain, each full of music venues with late night diners and neon lights, but with relics of ancient civilizations, mosques and minarets beautifully lit up against the night skyline, and the echoes of call to prayer that remind us this city once was Byzantium, then Constantinople and now Istanbul, has remained at the center of civilization. Indeed, Istanbul's cosmopolitan landscape is the business epicenter and playground of the greatest concentration of the world's billionaires after New York, London and Moscow.   As a matter of fact, Istanbul is breaking records for tourists...
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Turkey: Where East Meets West, Past Meets Future

It was 22 years ago here in Turkey when my local guide, Alper Ertubey, and I declared we would establish a partnership to bring Wildland travelers closer to the people and the places of Turkey. I wanted our travelers to experience Turkiye like I remember it when I came here in the late 60's to stay with my aunts and uncles who lived on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. Dad was born in Istanbul in 1922 into the generation of "Young Turks" when Attaturk established the new parliamentary democracy after the Ottoman Empire. Although I was raised in Los Angeles, we came here several times when I was in high school to stay with relatives in their apartment at a time with Turkey was still closed to much of the world to protect its fledgling economy. Oh how it has changed today! Today, Alper is not only our in-country trip...
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Guest — Kalkan Villas
Wonderful destination, so much interesting to explore.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 01:11
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