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Pamukkale has anyone visited recently?

Before anyone throws stones at me…I’m just asking because I read on another forum that it isn’t as glorious as it used to be (example like the photos you see). Is that true? Has the landscape changed greatly? I just want to prepare myself and not be disappointed if I know ahead of time what to expect. And again, just asking.

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Not recently but five years ago. It was wonderful then. I know that water flow can be controlled. Not sure when or why. Where did you hear this?

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I’m embarrassed to say where I heard it. Let’s just say it a travel site that I don’t use…I don’t find it to be very reliable. 😂 that’s why I’m double checking with the savvy/experienced travelers.

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I thought I saw something about this on Ruth's scrapbook on the turkey tour from 2018. Check that.

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I've read that alot on other sites. My parents' friends were there in April and they said it was nice. The photo didn't look like all the photos you see but it wasn't all dried up either.

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I was there in 2019.
They do control the water flow to prevent erosion. Not all of the terraced areas have water. But some of them do and it is beautiful. Managed expectations.

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I was there less than 2 weeks ago and they had water flowing.

I will add that it was nutty crowded when I went in the afternoon with our tour, not the peaceful pools that you see on some videos. You can get up early for that as we confirmed from below early the next morning, when there was noone but the geese on the lake looking up at the not yet overrun pools.

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Hi CWsocial,

Thanks for the recent update. 😢my tour will most likely the same time you were there. Our tour bus arrives early to Pamukkale, but after freshening up at the hotel/breakfast/driving to the pools…it will most likely be crowded.

If you could do your itinerary again, would you keep it on your list?

Thanks

But if anyone has used Toursce please let me know…I’m kinda more curious to know if any RS patrons have used them.

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If you could do your itinerary again, would you keep it on your list?

I was on a tour, so the itinerary was set.

If on my own, I would arrive early to view the cliffs and pools from both top and bottom. I wouldn't make time to go in them, and definitely not with crowds.

I far more enjoyed the peaceful and lovely early morning view from the lake below the cliffs.

But then I'm not a fan of crowds and will visit places like New Orleans any time except Mardi Gras to avoid them.

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We were there on our Best of Turkey tour in Mid April. While not super crowed like Ephesus was there were quite a few visitors. We walked in the walkable pools, no shoes of any type are allowed. We then hiked out to the mausoleum area, then back to the top of amphitheater. There is/was construction of a new road up to the amphitheater so the carts that take folks up were limited in their access. I did not go swimming in Cleopatras pool but other tour members did and they said it was great. Overall, I found it quite enjoyable. Our tour guide had a surprise for us at the end with a wine and snacks party overlooking the calcium pools and cliffs. Was a very nice day.

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We were there just before the Pandemic. It was nice but not my favorite stop. The waterflow is managed so there might not be much water flowing when you are there (there wasn't when I was there). The antique pool where Cleopatra and Mark Anthony soaked on their honeymoon was interesting. Our guide made sure to get us there early. She accurately stated that by mid-morning there would be busloads of Russians piling into the pool. We didn't go into the pool but some of our fellow travelers took the dip. They said it was nice but became a little distressing because while they were in the pool enjoying the water busloads of Russians showed up. The pool only had limited access, so they said they were trapped like sardines packed into a can and had to wait until everyone in line got into the pool before they could get out. There were Roman ruins and a museum to visit too so it generally a nice stop.