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Eco-Tourism Hot Spots in Israel

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Israeli paragliders take off from the cliffs looming above the Sea of Galilee to catch the thermals rising from the water during the Holy Wind festival on August 28, 2008 at Mevo Hama on the Golan Heights. (David Silverman/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Jun 2015 09:24 AM

Eco-tourism is defined by The International Eco-tourism Society (TIES) as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education.”

Eco-tourism is growing in Israel, and it is a wonderful country in which to experience eco-tourism because it is located at the crossroad of three continents and offers natural, historical, and culturally significant attractions, according to Ecotourism Israel.

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Below are listed several hotspot eco-tourism sites for travelers to Israel:

1. Israel National Trail


At 600 miles of length, this trail winds its way from the Lebanese border through Galilee, Lake Kinneret, Jersusalem, and the Negev Desert, amongst many other natural locations. Although it comes close enough to towns and villages to allow travelers to stock up on supplies, campgrounds and “trail angel” hosts line the trail, according to USA Today. This is a 30-60 day hike.

2. Galilee & the Golan Heights

Upper and Lower Galilee, as well as the Golan Heights, offer some of the most beautiful and lush eco-friendly nature reserves that the northern half of Israel has to offer, according to Moon Travel Guides. The Sea of Galilee holds religious significance to the Jewish and Christian heritages, as does the town of Nazareth, which are both located in this region.

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3. The Negev Dessert

This desert sprawling over the southern portion of Israel comprises over half of Israel’s land mass is extremely popular in desert eco-tourism and offers campsites under the stars, scenic desert hikes, and holds the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth at 1,407 feet below sea level.

4. Mount Carmel

Because it is so close to the sea and receives large quantities of precipitation, the Mount Carmel National Park is home to some of Israel’s most beautiful and lush Mediterranean groves and is often referred to as the “evergreen mountain” with over 670 different species of vegetation.

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