In the bay of Ekincik, we met a Canadian couple, Hilda and Jacques on “Dance Me” anchored next to us. They gave us very helpful information about a tour they had just completed and we were planning. Karolina arrived near midnight via taxi to this very rural village. The taxi driver did not speak any english and did not really understand where the destination was. Calling the main office, Karolina was able to talk to someone who then relayed the information to the driver. A tense ride in a foreign country, in the late night and a major language barrier.
The next morning the tour boat came to Bella Luna and we departed. It was the three of us on the river boat so we had good service.
After a 20 minute crossing on the bay we came to a long sandy beach, and the entrance to a delta. Here we saw Loggerhead turtles who have returned to this area for hundred of years to lay their eggs. We visited a family living on their small river boat and we ordered blue crabs that they would cook and crack for us to receive on the return some hours later.
We started up the delta where we stopped and hiked to the ancient city of Caunos, one of the most important ancient site in Caria and Lycia. Caunos was inhabited by Anatolian people, then Romans and Byzantian people. The city wall was built by the Caunians in 4th century BC.
Continuing on we could see tombs in high walls from the river. They were built by Carian people in the 4th century BC for the Lycian King and his family.
Opposite is the village of Dalyan where we stopped for lunch and to walk around. We saw a sign that stopped all of us and provided chuckles. It was so refreshing and so appropriate as you will see in the photo.
It was time to start back to the sea and to pick up our blue crabs, which we thoroughly enjoyed that evening with white wine.