a Unique Israel Experience (part 2)
[If you bumped in here without reading the previous “Part 1 of the 7 day Israel Adventure” we highly suggest to have a quick look at least…).
Day 4: Machtesh Ramon to Eilat
Machtesh Ramon (Ramon mortar) offers plenty of hiking routes and adventures for desert-lovers. The spectacular views, the unique geological phenomena, and the peace and quiet of the desert merge into one harmonious picture of total beauty in Makhtesh Ramon.
Here are a few hiking recommendations for better exploring of the area and breathtaking views. (! Remember to start hiking early, make sure to carry enough water and use sun protection!)
Extreme- Challenging hike
- Mount Ardon Climb
The trail is suitable for good walkers only and is about 30 km [18.5 miles] long. The route will lead you from the eastern slopes of Makhtesh Ramon and the spectacular landscapes seen from their tops, through the streams and wadis that intersect the Tzinim Cliff [Matzok Tzinim] Nature Reserve toward the Arava.
- Hiking down at the Makhtesh Surface
It is optional to continue from Be’erot camping site to a number of easy and nice trails which are suitable for all the family. The most renowned among them are Giv’at Harut [Harut hill] and toMetzad and Parsat Saharonim [Saharonim fort and Saharonim hoof]. Both are circular trails and hiking them is optional: sequentially or separately. But for completing both trails at one time, it is recommended to have a whole day for it, starting at morning.
- Metzad Saharonim and Parsat Nekarot
After Giv’at Harut drive back and follow a good dirt-road. Then it is intersected by a red-marked trail with which you arrived. Turn at this point left toward the day parking of Metzad Saharonim [Saharonim fort and leave the car. Continue with a circular 5-km trial [3.1 miles] for 3 walking hours.The camping next to Saharonim fort is called Khan Saharonim [Saharonim caravanserai]. It used to be one of a chain of caravanserais that were used by camel caravans along the NabateanIncense Route, from Petra to Gaza.
- The Minsarah
The Minsarah is a fascinating geological phenomenon, a sandstone hill with exposed symmetrical hexagonal prisms of sandstone laid in piles like wooden plates in a carpentry. This unique geological phenomenon is explained by a process in which magma had permeated into the hills, which resulted in the sandstone at the top of the hill being melted, liquefied and consolidated, and finally formed into columns of hard quartzite stone.
- Overnight- Field experience
If camping is an option, check out Beerotaim camping site.
Day 5: The spirits of the Dessert
- Sunrise spectacular over Machtesh Ramon…
- Start you morning after sunrise, with some coffee and tea at the camping site.
- Drive south towards Eilat and don’t miss: Unforgettable experience, the wild desert is the Desert Ashram. Go deep into the Shanty experience and visit the dessert Ashram, a place for meditation, silence and peace. The ashram is a spiritual center for festivals and spiritual and therapy workshops that take place every weekend. (http://www.desertashram.co.il/en/)
- Keep driving south, and just before arriving to Eilat stop at the magnificent Timna Park
When arriving to Eilat , you can choose from a verity of accommodation options:
- Luxury Hotels
- KIbutz Hospitality
- Camping at the Red Kenyon\ Mountains of Eilat
- Apartments and private houses
* For a unique and really special night activity (beyond the bars, surf bars, clubs and promenade): The Dolphin Reef offers a verity of natural pools and hydro activities at night.
Day 6: Diving and canopy flying
- To truly explore the city attraction you can try some diving activities try http://www.luckydivers.com/ ask for David to be your instructor, he is truly great.
- Looking for some scuba diving and more relaxing beach, go to the south coast to Almog beach.
- Take a break from the marine activities; don’t miss the Dessert Camel Ranch: The Adventure Park Activity Centre is a combination of play and adventure, an exciting intensive and challenging experience that won’t be easily forgotten.
The activity takes place above ground level relying on a harness, helmet and rings. The participants need to show maturity and responsibility together with physical strength when faced with the natural fear of the challenge. The enormity of the experience is as large as the enjoyment and satisfaction.
- Enjoy a fun night in the city: Ice Park and shopping .
Day 7: Amazing hikes in the area of Eilat
- Mount Zfahot, Panoramic view of the Gulf of Eilat (Aqaba) from Mt. Zfahot in Israel. You can see Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt from the same location.
- Red Kenyon, Beautiful red sandstone, in which floods passing in the stream carved a lovely narrow path, decorated with wall paintings created by nature itself. The Red Canyon, which is located 15 kilometers north of the city of Eilat, at the height of 700 meters, is undoubtedly one of the most charming and impressive places in Israel.
- After the hike, go back to Eilat for a last swim and chill time before the long drive back.
- Stop for a nice break at Yotvata, a famous dairy farm and a chocolate milk production. This is also a decent place for lunch on the way.
- Try the wildlife reserve, the Yotvata Safari to see some of the African animals and birds.
- On your way north, you can drive pass a well known “Scorpion Pass” for observation. The Scorpions Pass is a steep, twisted section of Route 227, starting from the Tzafir stone structure (an archaeological site) in the south. The pass is known for its extreme danger due to poor physical condition. Below the pass there is an abyss, and the road has no guard rails. In addition, the road has extreme drop offs of hundreds of meters.