Sleeping in a Cave and Flying a Hot Air Balloon

Never in a million years would I have thought I would be sleeping in a cave and flying a hot air balloon…but I did. This unforgettable experience happened two years ago in Cappadocia, Turkey with two of my traveling buddies, Melissa and Maria.

Where exactly is Cappadocia? 


How did we get there?  We flew in Turkish Airlines from Istambul to Nevsehir Airport. The flight was an hour and a half.

Where did we stay? At probably one of the better hotels in Cappadocia: Arif Cave Hotel in Gerome.

Welcome to Arif Cave Hotel.

The master room.

The second room in the cave.

Maria loved the stone walls and rustic furniture. PS- there was no air conditioner.

This is what I call a cave hotel with a view.

We landed late at night in Cappadocia and the check-in to the hotel was a bit of a challenge because the gentleman that was at the reception cave (this definitely was not a reception desk) spoke very little English and no Spanish.

The following morning our day started at 4:30am. One of the most popular attractions in Cappadocia is the hot air balloon rides. They happen every morning before sunrise, weather permitting. If the weather conditions are not proper, your ride gets cancelled. Luckily for us, we had perfect weather and an unforgettable experience at Kapadokya Balloons.  Check out my YouTube Video and the pictures bellow.

Who wakes up at 4:30am on vacation? Me! Specially if it’s for hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia.

Just before sunrise.

Overcome your fear of heights and enjoy this breathtaking view.

Share this post with the person you would like to be here with. 😉

The ride is no more than an hour and it’s  very smooth.

Certificate of safe landing and surviving my first hot air balloon ride.

Celebratory drink with the Maria and Melissa. #3MinEurope

Things to know before adventuring into your first hot air ballon ride:

  • Book your ride ahead of time. I used Kapadokya Balloons but there are plenty of others. Rarely can you find discounts, but it doesn’t hurt to ask specially if you are traveling in a group.
  • Go to bed early the night before and make sure to set your alarm because if you are not there on time….they will not wait on you.
  • Check the weather. Your trip can get cancelled if the weather conditions aren’t the the proper ones. So plan to stay at least two days in the city were you are taking the hot air balloon just in case it gets posponed.
  • Unless you are booking a private ride, you will most likely be with a group of people. Take with you only the essentials: ID, a light jacket and a camera (or your phone). Bags, coats, backpacks, etc. are unnecessary and inconveniente since you will have very little room to move.
  • Make sure to charge your camera or phone to take plenty of pictures and share them on social media using #TravelersontheGo to be featured in @MaityontheGO 🙂

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Coming soon in 

Walking through Derinkuyu Underground City.

Camel riding in Cappadocia.