After having Prine, Miletus and Didyma (PMD) tour, we arrived back at Selcuk. So, we took tour that can pick us up in Selcuk for Pamukkale Tour. The drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale is about 3,5 to 5 hours. The plan was to depart from Selcuk for a half day Tour Pamukkale & Hierapolis in the afternoon, and then arrive in the Denizli bus station so we could continue our journey to Fethiye.
How can it be so white and what happened to the terraces? that were the first questions that popped up in my mind immediately. Well, here's the short version of the history. Along time ago, there was this shifting of a fault, along with this shift came out the hot spring with high mineral content. There are about 17 hot springs in the area that emerges and flowing to the lands and deposit calcium carbonate. When the water with this mineral touch the surface, the carbon-dioxide is released and Calcium Carbonat is deposited, which over the time will be harden and turn to travertines. Until now, the flowing of the water is controlled and only to certain area.
When i entered the area, not all terraces were opened to the tourist. Only on the top row terraces are open and all tourist should open their shoes/sandals/ flip-flops. During the 1960 there were a lot of hotels built in the area and they drained the water to fill their swimming pool. The hotels were then demolished to better preserving the area. These are some pictures of Pamukkale.