I enjoyed exploring the cobbled streets and admiring the Ottoman architecture of Beypazari, but I was extremely grateful that my host had a car. Even better, they opted to be guide and driver, so it was guaranteed that I was going to get away from the tourist spots. My host took me to numerous small villages that seemed to be cut off from the outside world. However, I particularly warmed to a place on the outskirts of the town centre, which was a canyon called Inözü Vadisi.
Indeed, the old film character Rambo, would feel at home in this vast terrain as he navigated his way through ancient ruins, small, local villages and scenic landscapes. Also, within the valley are numerous hotels and many more picnic parks, which are popular with families at the weekend.
Bird Watching in Inözü Valley
Beypazari has become a favoured destination for families, photographers, trekkers and hikers but more specifically bird watching. Over 100 species exist, in the area and while my camera skills were neither sharp enough nor quick enough, to capture a photo; the sighting of an Egyptian vulture soaring on the horizon is a memory not easily forgot.
Especially because it is an endangered species and by the end of my lifetime, might even be extinct.
Further Reading : Such is the importance of the bird species in Inözü Vadisi; it has been marked as a key biodiversity region by the Doga project who aim to preserve all life forms and diversity of nature. Tell me more…
One birdwatcher visits Inozu Valley : See his photos of the birds he spotted.