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PamukkalePamukkale is considered the Eighth Wonder of the World, and it's easy to see why. In fact, I can't believe I'd never heard of this amazing place before. Pamukkale, meaning 'cotton castle' in Turkish, is a surreal white fluffy rock formation on a hillside near Denizli in southwestern Turkey. The incredible terraces of crescent-shaped pools, fringed with stalactites, were created by natural springs which cascaded thick layers of calcium bicarbonate down the hillside, slowly turning it into a frozen waterfall.

PammukaleHierapolis was quite a fashionable spa in the 2nd century BC), believing that the water from the hot springs has healing effects on the skin and eyes, and curing properties for asthma and rheumatism.

PammukaleWorld Heritage Site.

If Turkey isn't in your travel plans, you can check out very similar rock formations at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, or at Huanglong in Sichuan, China. RM

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  • oktay

    November 24, 2009

    i was lucky enough to bathe in the pools back in 1994 when i was a youngster. real cool place. the water was nice, warm, and very relaxing. very justifiable that they shut down access into the pools because everyone mustve been abusing this gem.

  • Pati

    December 14, 2008

    I’ve BEEN here and it is everything the author says it is. I stayed here with a school group for 3 days in the middle of December and it is a magical place. The lodge is wonderful with a massive fireplace and the restaurant is superb too,with excellent service. We stayed in the apartment-type rooms and loved it. Very cozy and comfortable.

  • Manuino

    January 14, 2008

    este es un sitio que en tu vida no debes dejar de ir

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