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12/24/2013 08:27 am ET

Hot Air Balloon In Cappadocia, Turkey On This Travel Tuesday

In the Cappadoccia region of Turkey, hot air ballooning is the sport of choice.

It's easy to see why when you look at the town of Göreme, a mountain village that's famous for its fairy chimney rock formations. Tons of balloons took flight there last week, even as snow started to cover the spectacular badlands.

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These flights may look like they should be reserved for professionals, but the balloons are full of regular, everyday tourists. Cappadocia is home to about 50 hot air balloon tour companies, so it's more than easy to take a ride for yourself.

People admit to feeling a bit afraid before they take flight, but most come down with rave reviews, for obvious reasons.

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Though there can obviously be good flying days in winter, April through October is generally considered the best ballooning time in Turkey because morning winds are nice and light.

If you thought winter looks wondrous, check out these stunning summer flights!

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