White terraced pools of hot blue water & the Roman ruins of Hierapolis
30.10.2014 - 31.10.2014 23 °C
I took a 10hr night bus to Pamukkale from Goreme for $28CAD. During the last hour the bus stopped, woke everyone up, and switched from the bus to several vans. Not sure why as no one spoke English. But the vans dropped everyone off at a hotel in Pamukkale where we were all allowed to store our backpacks for free. Breakfast was also being served here for 10L ($5CAD). From this hotel its a short walk to the entrance of the travertine terraces.
Admission is 25L ($12.50CAD). You must remove your shoes and climb the terraces barefoot. (This is to protect the terraces and keep them clean - you are allowed to climb in socks). If you try to sneak in with your shoes on a security guard will furiously blow his whistle at you. If you don't want to climb the terraces, there is another entrance up the hill that enters through the Hierapolis ruins with lookout points over the terraces. But I chose to climb.
Pamukkale's terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs.
It looks like snow & ice, but actually is a hotspring. However, the water at the bottom is cold, but the higher you climb the warmer the water gets. At the top the water is hot!
A lot of the terraces were empty - no water. None of the guards spoke English, so I'm not 100% sure why. But from what I gather, certain pools are full at different times of the year. So no matter what time of year you go, some will be full, and some will be empty.
View over the town and the pond at the bottom of the hill.
Tourists soaking their feet in the hot water.
Your admission ticket also includes entry to the Roman ruins of Hierapolis located at the top of the travertine terraces. There is also a swimming pool with fallen Roman columns, but this costs an extra 20L ($10CAD). Just swim in the terraces ... its the same hot water and its already included with the admission.
How is this arch even staying up?!
The main draw here is the amphitheatre, which holds up to 12,000 spectators. Follow the path up the hill to get to it.
This is the amphitheatre from the outside ... not nearly as impressive as the inside.
The Northern Roman Gate
I found this massive snail (slug?) amongst the ruins. Does he even realized where he lives?!
The grounds were pretty too!
At the bottom of the travertine terraces is a pond full of various hungry ducks, and its lined with restaurants.