If you are flying with a hot air balloon first time in Cappadocia, remember: there are only three periods in a day during which balloons are permitted to fly. These periods are known as first, second and afternoon.
Hot air ballooning is the most popular activity in the region and a must-do in Cappadocia. Around 100 balloons ascend through the skies at the same time offers an amazing view for visitors. It would be difficult not to miss this beautiful region after witnessing captivating bird's view of its lunar-like landscape enclosed by fairy chimneys from a balloon.
If you are flying with a hot air balloon first time in Cappadocia, remember: there are only three periods in a day during which balloons are permitted to fly. These periods are known as first, second and afternoon. The first period refers to the early-morning time during which sunrise flights are conducted. The second period coincides with the closing of the first period and starts 45 minutes after it. Afternoon balloon flights are only organised during winter due to ideal weather conditions.
What is the best period to fly?
According to the statistics of past years, travellers have shown by their buying behaviour that they prefer to go on a balloon ride during the first period to witness the sunrise. But there is also a missing piece that makes the first period favourable as opposed to others. In the first period, approximately 100 balloons launch at the same time while in the second and afternoon, up to 50 balloons are permitted to launch meaning that the number of balloons you will be rising with will be limited if your balloon flight is scheduled for the second or afternoon period.
Here is a pro tip: In Cappadocia, when booking your balloon ride, always opt to fly in the first period to both enjoy the beautiful sunrise and launch with more balloons at the same time.