Paragliding Above The City Of Hierapolis, Pamukkale

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Paragliding Above The City Of Hierapolis, Pamukkale

At first, I did not plan to go paragliding on this trip but as I was doing a day tour in Pamukkale and we had some time to kill, I told myself "Why not?". After all, I was at Pamukkale, one of the oldest tourist attraction that dated back thousands of years and what would be the best place to do my first ever paragliding than here, so me and a couple friends decided to give it a go. It was beyond amazing!

Other than jumping off the cliff and flew like a bird, we also visited the famous travertines, the terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water and the ruins of the city of Hierapolis. Without further ado, let's explore the city and the hotspring that captivated travelers from around the world since the age of the Greco-Roman and the Byzantine.

Day 5: Pamukkale and a failed attempt at paragliding
Early at 8, we were picked up by a coach that would take us to Pamukkale. It was a 3 hours one way ride from Selcuk and joined me in this journey was David, a fellow nomad, Jonathan, an engineer from Canada, and Caroline and Sumin, students from England. The tour set us back 80 liras while lunch, transportation, and entrance fees were all included.

After arriving in the city of Hierapolis, we went straight for a walk through the city. Not much of a city if you ask me. It looks almost like I was back in Ephesus again.

We went through the city pretty quickly so that we could spend more time at the travertines. There were so many people on the top level, you won't believe your eyes when you see it. Tourists from around the world flocked the first few levels of the traverntines like crazy.

In order to avoid the crowded area, I decided to walk bare feet through the travertines down to a lower level pool. The white colored terrace, combined with the sun almost blinded me so be sure to wear your sunglasses when you are here!

The many pools on the terraces were not as deep as I thought. It was also filled with white-colored mud.

Legend said that once there was a girl who was unable to find the love of her life and get married so she decided to commit suicide and threw herself off the travertines and fell into the natural pool. Apparently she did not die and the water turned her into a beautiful woman and caught the attention of the lord of Denizli while he was passing by. I need not tell you the ending.. because if I do, it would spoiled all the Disney movie's ending.

Because of the legend, I saw a lot of people went in and swim in the natural pool while covering themselves with mud.

You can either swim here or in the artificial and the source of the water hotspring, which was much cleaner than the natural pool on the travertines.

I did neither of them because I forgot my swimsuit so I decided to walk down as far as I could to avoid people screaming, shouting and swimming on the top level.

Published date: August 25, 2018 Modified date: December 31, 2019 Publisher / Owner : Flight School Air Sports Centre

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