Saturday, April 7, 2012

Circuit in Turcia 10. Delta Dalyan / Roundtrip in Turkey 10. Dalyan Delta

Our one daytrip to the Dalyan Delta begun at 8.45 in the morning. We took a big boat, Neptune, along with other aprox. 300 people from different countries, like a real Babel Tower. The landscape was beautiful and so were the colors of the water. After two and a half hours, we have been transferred in some big boats (40 peole capacity), each having a guide. We passed near the fish farm, the Dalyan beach (turtle's beach), under the walls of antique town of Caunos and the rock cut tombs of the kings of Lycia.


Lycia was a territory in today Antalya, Mugla and Burdur provinces. They fought against the Persians, the Greeks, or Macedonians. Caunos, built around 400 BC, was once a port to the Mediterranean Sea but now it is several km far from it.


Our first stop was at a mud bath, with sulphureous hot waters. I ddidn't follow the example of the people there. Instead, I sat in a cooler place, drunk an aromatic Turkish coffee and a fresh orange juice.


Returning to Iztuzu beach we stopped again. Some were bathing, others were walking. The golden sand was hot under our feet. It is a protected area were the Caretta Caretta turtles come and leave their eggs, during May-September. After 2 months new turles appear in the world but only 8-10 individuals survive for each nest. This is the reason they are protected (to save them from extinction).


After this pause we returned  on our Neptune and went back to Marmaris, witnessing a wonderful sunset.

Excursia in Delta Dalyan este de o zi si a costat 17 euro/persoana, cu pranzul la bord inclus. Plecarea este la ora 8.45 cu vaporul Neptun, avand la bord cca. 300 pasageri de toate naţiile, ca turnul lui Babel. Peisajul e frumos si toata lumea e bine dispusa.
Mergem cam două ore şi jumătate până într-un loc unde vasul ancorează (laolalta cu altele) şi noi suntem transferaţi rapid în niste bărci mai mari, de cca. 40 de persoane, care asteapta acolo. Fiecare barca are la bord un ghid care da explicatiile necesare. Formam un convoi de barci cu care incepem calatoria prin delta raului Dalyan, spre primul obiectiv unde vom poposi.
 Neptun ramane la ancora sa ne astepte
 barcile ne asteapta
 ghidul nostru
 la drum!
Trecem pe lângă plaja Iztuzu (plaja broaştelor ţestoase) unde ne vom opri la intoarcere, ferma de peşti, cetatea Caunos şi mormintele regilor lycieni pentru a ajunge la băile de nămol sulfuros. Lycia a existat pe teritoriul de astazi al Antalyei si a judetelor Mugla si Burdur. Lycienii aveau limba proprie, care a disparut complet la un moment dat si s-au supus sau au luptat cu persii, grecii, macedonenii. Caunos, un oras ridicat cam in anul 400 i.e.n., mai arata celor care urca pe deal, ruinele unui teatru si ale unei acropole. Noi, din barca, zarim abia niste ziduri care coboara spre tarm. Candva, Caunos era port la Mediterana dar in timp zona s-a colmatat si acum el se afla la mai multi km de mare. Peisajul e frumos: stufaris colorat in nuante diverse, verdele pinilor de pe dealuri reflectat in apa si o multime de pasari galagioase.
 plaja Iztuzu
 ferma de pesti
 sus. pe deal, sunt ruinele de la Caunos; pe coama dealului se disting zidurile
 morminte lyciene, vechi de 2300 de ani
Pe masura ce ne apropiem de baile sulfuroase, pe mal apar una-doua mici asezari.
Ajungem la statiune. Mai intai privim, apoi unii curajosi, incearca. Apele sulfuroase sunt fierbinti. Nămolul e ca o smântână. După ce se usucă pe tine, faci baie într-un bazin cu apă termală la 39 grade! Eu m-am abtinut si am stat la umbra, band o cafea turcească mică si aromata şi un suc proaspăt de portocale (7.50 LT). Am stat acolo o oră, apoi ne-am întors la plaja Iztuzu.
Plaja, de cca. 6 km lungime, desparte apa dulce a râului, de cea sărată a Mediteranei. Ţestoasele (Caretta Caretta) vin doar noaptea, când nisipul e rece, să-şi depună ouăle. De aceea, accesul e interzis pe plajă între 20 – 8. Ouăle se depun în perioada mai – septembrie şi eclozează în 2 luni. Supravieţuiesc cam 5-10 indivizi dintr-un cuib, de aici necesitatea de a le proteja. Nici chiar ziua nu este permis a umbla pe anumite portiuni ale plajei. Nisipul auriu e fierbinte, frige sub talpi, iar apa e calda, mangaietoare. Facem un scurt popas: unii se plimba, altii fac baie.
 pe plaja Iztuzu
Drumul de inapoiere ne ofera frumoase imagini ale soarelui care apune.

15 comments:

ruma said...

Hello, Traveling Hawk.

  Your heartwarming work provokes my impression.
  The passion for the art.  It is universal.

  Thank you visit to the garden of the cherry blossoms.
  The prayer for all peace.

Have a good weekend. From Japan, ruma ❀

Joop Zand said...

Must be a nice place for a holiday, very nice pictures again.

Greetings, Joop

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, ruma, for your visit and appreciation.

Traveling Hawk said...

Hi, Joop! It seems we wrote on each other blog in the same time:) Thanks!

dong ho said...

great topography of coastal hills in that area of turkey. made me love more this city.

i was awed in the pilars and carvings on the mountains.

Traveling Hawk said...

Those are king's tombs, 2300 years old, dong ho. Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend!

joo said...

Eh, be there now:)
Lovely photos!

Traveling Hawk said...

It makes you dream, Joo:)

Rizalenio said...

Love the second photo - it looks fun. Love the sunset images in the end too.

Traveling Hawk said...

It was fun: music, peoples joking, etc. Thanks, Rizalenio!

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