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Photos: Iconic hot air balloon rides in Turkey's Cappadocia

Photos: Iconic hot air balloon rides in Turkey's Cappadocia
Hot air balloons, carrying tourists, rise into the sky at sunrise in Cappadocia, central Turkey Emrah Gurel/AP Photo

A total of 437,516 tourists enjoyed hot air balloon tours in Turkey's charming touristic hub, Cappadocia, between January and September, according to data compiled by the Anadolu news agency.

Cappadocia, listed as one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, is famous with its distinctive plateau, valleys, hills, unique fairy chimney volcanic cones, colourful frescos covering underground cities, boutique hotels, houses carved into rocks, rock churches, chapels, and shelters used by the early Christians.

The hot balloon ride in the skies of Cappadocia for an hour costs $186 to $220 a person. The tours generated $86m in revenue in the first nine months of this year, the data showed.

Tourists gather as hot air balloons are prepared before rising in the sky at sunrise in Cappadocia Emrah Gurel/AP Photo
Cappadocia has become a favourite site for tourists in hot-air balloons who can slowly drift above the cone-shaped rock formations and then float up over rippled ravines for breathtaking views over the region Emrah Gurel/AP Photo
Hot air balloons, carrying tourists, rise into the sky above the 'fairy chimneys' of stone that are so soft that Byzantine Greeks carved subterranean cities out of them in Cappadocia Emrah Gurel/AP Photo
In Cappadocia, local and foreign tourists get the chance to enjoy the scenery by participating air balloon tours in the early hours of the morning Emrah Gurel/AP Photo
Hot air balloons ready to glide over Goreme district during early morning at the historical Cappadocia region, located in Central Anatolia's Nevsehir province Behcet Alkan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Visitors ride horses as hot air balloons glide over Goreme district during the early morning at the historical Cappadocia region Behcet Alkan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
An aerial view of colourful hot air balloons featuring various figures being prepared to fly over charming touristic hub famed for its fairy chimneys in Turkey as part of the International Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Festival in Nevsehir Murat Oner Tas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Cappadocia is preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is famous for its chimney rocks, hot air balloon trips, underground cities and boutique hotels carved into rocks Sercan Kucuksahin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Hot air balloons featuring various figures fly over charming tourist hub famed for its fairy chimneys in Turkey as part of the International Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Festival Alpaslan Korukcu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
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