The bus that I was on attempted to drop us off at Nevsehir, which was about 30 minutes away from Goreme. The other tourists and I complained about this so the bus decided to take us straight to the center of Goreme town. I arrived at around 5am. I had a glimpse of hot air balloons ascending into the air space surrounding Goreme.
I stayed at Rock Valley Hostel. I was very satisfied with the place. It had a pool and it had the rock formations as its backyard. It was so stunning. I stayed for a total of 3 nights in this amazing part of Turkey. In my first day, I went on an independent hike along the Red and Rose Valleys. I was pretty impressed with how I finished the hike all by myself especially that there were virtually no one else on the trails, except for occasional run ins with a few hikers. I did see the Korean girl who I hung out at Pamukalle on the trails though. What a coincidence! Highlight was churches that were carved from the rock formations.
At the end of the hike was the small town of Cavusin. I finished the hike late afternoon so there were no public buses available anymore. Thankfully, I was able to hitchhike back to Goreme. Before sunset, I hiked up a very famous viewpoint in the center of Goreme. It was about a 5-minute walk from the main drag, and an excellent way to view the surrounding towns with a marvelous sunset as its backdrop. It was simply spectacular. I went back to the hostel after dinner to watch a FIFA game. Tomorrow, I have an early day as I’m scheduled to join a hot air balloon ride to check out the entire Cappadocian region from above.