Cappadocia Day 2: Hiking in the Red and Rose Valleys

The Yank without a Chain standing at the entrance to a cave monastery in Cappadocia's Red Valley

The Yank without a Chain standing at the entrance to a cave monastery in Cappadocia’s Red Valley

On my second day in the Cappadocia region I wanted to hike around some of the valleys, observe the rock formations close up and get some good exercise. After only an hour of walking around, my day was kind of hijacked by Faruk, the owner of a cafe in the park who passed by me on a motorbike. He stopped and asked where I was going and asked if I wanted a ride. I thought, “sure, why not!” thinking I’d give him a little tip for taking me to the Red Valley and then be on my way. That little ride turned into five hours of Faruk showing me different places, giving me more and more of his homemade wine, and basically refusing to let me go off on my own. It was a bit frustrating, although not quite as creepy as it might sound written out here. I finally split from Faruk when his car ran out of gas on the way to the Love Valley, although at this point it was nearly sunset so I didn’t get to do the hiking I’d wanted to do.

On the plus side, Faruk did show me some interesting places that I might not have seen otherwise, like a three-story cave monastery that opened out onto a great view of the Red Valley. I also hitched a ride with another, less persistent local to the top of the hill above the Rose Valley to get a view of the sunset.

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