The Travertines & Hierapolis

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The Travertines & Hierapolis
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, Turkey


I took a three-hour dolmus ride to Pamukkale, which is located in Turkey’s Western Anatolia region. Upon arriving, I checked in at the Artemis Yoruk hotel. This was a real gem. I paid 10USD for one private room on the 4th floor overlooking the small town. The hotel had a pool, and also offered a buffet for 10TL. This was the best location in Pamukkale. No wonder, all the rooms were fully booked.

After checking in, I went to see the famous travertines. The travertines are made up of calcium carbonate that came from the warm mineral water above town. This is quite an out-of-this-world scenery. Majority of the tourists here also took advantage of the pool. I met a 22-year old Korean girl who’s been traveling around Eastern Europe and the Middle East by herself. I hung out with her for the most part. After navigating myself through the crowds on the travertines, we went to Hierapolis. My 5th ancient city in 3 days, and 7th in this whole trip. This place was sprawling and the ruins were located far apart from each other. The highlights were the theater and the passageway lined with columns and pillars.

After exploring this, I headed back to the hostel to have dinner in the buffet restaurant. I also got an opportunity to dip in the pool, and later on the watch the FIFA semi-finals. It was Germany vs. Spain. Spain won in this game, and the Spanish tourists who were watching the game with me were ecstatic!


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