We had an amazing time hot air ballooning in Goreme. It took two tries (it was too windy the first day), so would certainly recommend spending at least two days in Cappadocia to try and make sure you can do it. We debated between the higher class hot air ballooning companies (like Rainbow and Butterfly) versus the standard companies like Discover/Anatolian (they are the same company), and decided to go with Anatolian since it was around 40 euro cheaper per person. In the end I think we should probably have paid the extra. We were picked up at 5:45am, went to a nearby restaurant to have tea, etc., while they checked the weather conditions, and arrived at the takeoff location around 7. We sat in the car for about 45 minutes while they were waiting for the weather to clear (we assume), but no one came and told us what the situation was or how long we might have to wait. The flight was still amazing and totally worth it, and the pilot did a good job navigating, but wasn't very helpful in explaining the history, etc., as we heard other pilots were. They also packed about 35 people into the basket, and we were 6 in our subsection which was pretty tight, and they told us the flight was going to be an hour, and it only ended up being 45 minutes. Not a huge deal, but after paying that much money I was a little disappointed. To top it off, the champagne at the end wasn't anything more than sparkling juice. So all in all, great flight, but poor service.
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