Not only can you enjoy a soak in the hot water springs of Pamukkale, you can also enjoy the bird’s eye of the travertines and the ruins of Hierapolis by paragliding!
If you need an excuse to fly to get closer to nature, you should fly with Pamukkale Tandem Paragliding. They’re awesome and safe!
While I was doing research on my trip in Turkey, I found out about paragliding over Ölüdeniz. Then I continued my research on paragliding sites in Turkey and discovered about paragliding in Pamukkale, so I decided to give it a try.
Also, if you wanted to say you’ve flown over a magnificent view of the World Heritage Site area. You wouldn’t want to miss this out.
I reached out to them and they gladly agreed to a complimentary flight for me. Hence the reason why this experience is being shared, but I’d have shared otherwise anyways because I love sharing my adventures with you all, my viewers.
Anyways, the only difference between me and many other experiences people had in Pamukkale is that I flew over the hot springs of the Cotton Castle and the ruins of Hierapolis before I walked through it.
Personally, I think it’s awesome to be able to see one of nature wonders from bird’s eye in real life and then experience the nature. It’s like seeing a picture with an aerial view of the site in real life before experiencing the attraction physically. Don’t you agree?
Before the Flight…
Miro was with me at that time, so he tagged along to watch me. We took the minibus from Yildrim Hotel in Denizli as we head out to the hot springs.
The office of Pamukkale Paragliding was easily found by the bus stop in Pamukkale. Not only that, Mrs. Korkmaz was standing there all ready to welcome me.
As soon as Miro and I arrived, we were escorted into the office and treated with some hot coffee, which was quite pleasing. She called her husband who also owned the paragliding company over to discuss the details and logistics of the flight.
The briefing was simple and we agreed to a flight at noon, but they asked me to pay 120 TL (~$40 US Dollars) for the photographs on the flight. They wouldn’t allow me to bring my GoPro if I didn’t pay. I was hesitate about it at first, but then I told myself that I’d be supporting their business. Nonetheless, the owners did mention that it’d help their business as they are still small and building their way up. I went ahead and paid for the photos.
After that, we packed up, jumped in the van, and headed up the mountain. Miro stayed at the landing area, so he would film my landing and then we could conveniently go up to the hot springs afterwards. The ride was about 20 minutes to the top where the jumping off point was. In the meanwhile of the trip, the scenery was somewhat beautiful to watch.
When we finally reached the jumping off point, we were directed to the visitor center to wait for the wind to be ready. It was nearly noon at the time. I sat there with a cup of tea in my hand. We both looked out the window where we could see beautiful and rich green landscape interspersed by clumps of forests, stretched for as far as the eye could see, and far away I could see the white spot where the travertines were.
Flying Over the Travertines of the Thermal Pools and Ruins of Hierapolis
As the wind grew stronger, the pilot and I went out to get me all strapped to him and become airborne. It was much easier and faster for me to follow through comparing to my experience in Ölüdeniz because I knew the procedure this time. Nonetheless, passengers wouldn’t need any training before flying in general, anybody could take off after a short briefing.
The pilot was very easy on gestures as he pointed me to start running. It didn’t didn’t take long for my little and short running legs and feet to leave the ground.
The flight was beautiful, glances of timeless rural life, fresh mountain air, the wind breezing on my face, and the excitement and anticipation of soaring and gliding higher and higher towards the sky. But, it was nothing like the aerial view over the Ölüdeniz beach in Fethiye. That’s the truth.
Don’t get me wrong. It doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate what I saw. I, of course, enjoyed and appreciated the flight and view wholeheartedly. What I’m trying to say is that if I had to compare and choose one of the flights between Pamukkale and Ölüdeniz, I’d go with Ölüdeniz—hands down.
However, that also doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the flight.
Back to the story, throughout the flight, I was just sitting there floating, and admiring the scenery. My mind clears out everything as if I was mediating and floating up in the air. Besides, what I loved about paragliding was that silence that accompanied it—I know it doesn’t make much difference to me since I’m already Deaf, but I mean the sense of silence.
Finally, the sight of the white and cottony fabric on the tip top of the Cal Mountain was drawing close to me. I gestured to my pilot to fly closely to the terrace because I wanted to get a good look and—like duh—few good shots on my GoPro camera. The pilot picked up on the gesture on the spot.
When the famous travertines, the terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water and the ruins of the city of Hierapolis were clearly visible to both of us, the pilot glided down low and he began swiveling the parachute when we were pretty close to the pools where I could see the sun rays reflecting off the waters as people dip in them.
Not only that, he did some twists and spins around the mountains giving me enough photo ops for great shots of the hot springs and the ruins of Heirapolis. That was when I took my GoPro camera in hand and tried to get as many shots as I could before it was time to land.
This was an entirely different perspective from the aerial view, comparing to what I had seen from ground level afterwards, yet I loved it.
Every second we had right before landing, we had some good winds so the pilot caught the up-drafts and did some twists and turns.
The landing was very smooth with an extremely easy process that came down to gesturing to me to stand up.
The Love Story
We all had a “wrap-up’ chat when we were done packing up the parachute and other gears.
The wrap-up went well and it got a little personal and romantic, I’d say. The couple kindly gave me few photo of them both because they just got married and they wanted me to share the story with you all, my wonderful viewers.
That was when they ended up sharing their love story where the husband had a huge obsession on flying. He loved flying so much that he couldn’t let it go, so he decided to incorporate his passion into business. Clearly, his wife supported him entirely and worked closely with him in the paragliding business.
The most romantic part of the love story was that they flew in a paraglide together into the air after saying their vows to put on the rings and kiss in the air to be officially wedded. Too romantic and beautiful to be true, don’t you agree?
My Final Thoughts
Truth to be told, I personally thought the flight was great and beautiful. I’d recommend it to anyone, but keep in mind that the flying time could be anything between 10-30 minutes depending on weather conditions and the whole adventure would take around an hour tops including the trip to the office.
Yes, it was quite short, so my only complaint, as with all experiences like that, is that it didn’t last long enough for me as I’m big on adrenaline. That’s for me personally, I wouldn’t know about you and that’s up to you to decide whether if you should spend 203 TL (~$67 US Dollars) on this flight.
Don’t forget, 120 TL on the photos!
Now, all way down to the point: do I recommend this?
Not gonna lie, YES.
- safety gear
- transportation from and to hotel
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Pamukkale Tandem Paragliding
- Address: Pamukkale Kasabası, 20280 Denizli, Türkiye
- Operating hours: 8am – 6pm daily
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.paraglidingpamukkale.com/
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