From Ein-Avdat to Ramon Crater, a half day tour, February 20th, 2019
12:30 Leave Sede Boqer Campus after picking-up lunch bags.
Note: Please bring a hat, walking shoes and sunscreen lotion. Water will be provided but you may want to bring your own personal water container.
Ein Avdat Canyon Hike: Approximately 1-1.5 hours. Though from outside the desert may appear barren and dry it is actually rich with flora and fauna. Once inside you will walk past waterfalls, a pool with a dam, an oasis and Byzantine Monks’ caves. The hike is relatively easy but will require some mobility to climb steps and ladders (not extreme level). For those who feel uncomfortable about ladders there is an option to wait on the bus, or double back and make the hike a round-trip. Read more
Explore ancient rock-art in the Avdat Area: Visit of a hidden site with ancient rock paintings that may date back over 1800 years. Adjacent city of Avdat (which we will view from afar but not visit) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was founded by Nabatean traders, as a way station on the Incense Route, and we will learn about the secrets of the Nabateans to successful desert agriculture. Read more on the area
Authentic Bedouin hospitality: Tea/Coffee break hosted by local Bedouins
Drive to the Ramon Crater (Makhtesh): Unlike most craters, “Makhtesh Ramon” formed due to a prolonged erosion from the times when the Negev area was still covered by an ocean. This erosion has exposed a diversity of strata in the face of the crater as well as created some unique geological phenomena, such as the “Minsara” hill. Here you will see black quartzite prisms that were formed when the sea sand melted, liquefied and later cooled to form these “wood-like” blocks – forming hexagonal patterns! Read more
Next, after experiencing a breathtaking sunset over the Makhtesh, we will visit the Ilan Ramon Visitors Center at Mitzpe Ramon, named after the first Israeli astronaut. The Center displays the unique nature of the region and includes also a geological presentation describing how the Makhtesh was formed. Read more
19:00 - Gala dinner at the Pundak Ramon hotel. The dinner will also feature an ethnic desert music performance by a group of local musicians.
21:30 - End of Program – board buses back to Campus
22:00 - Expected arrival at Campus