So after the balloon tour, we signed up for the green tour with freelance travel which spans from 9am to 6pm with lunch included. It was one hell of an itinerary for the very sleep deprived us. Sometimes I think it would have been fun for us to venture ourselves but the lack of sleep and groupthink will probably slow down all the decisions and make life more difficult. Nevertheless, this was a very enjoyable tour.
Next stop, we went to the Derinkuyu Underground City, which was the deepest cave city in kapadokya. They concluded that this underground cities were meant to be shelters to protector the inhabitants from invaders from time to time. Apparently there are 600 doors to this city and it can hold 20, 000 people in these caves. That’s our guide, Efe!
It’s interesting because they said they never found a toilet so they had different theories about how these dwellers handled their waste. They found hints of what each room might be: churches, kitchen, storage rooms and VIP rooms. They understand how the people communicate back then, like how they shout to holes and one person will disseminate the information again. The VIP will then stay near these communication points.
Next, it was the Ilhara valley which was where some ancient river once flowed and it was said to have the first civilisation in kapadokya. It was believed that they had 4000 dwellings and 80 000 people! Anyway, here begins our 1.5 hours hike to lunch!