Travel to Southern Israel – Episode 318

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The Amateur Travelertalks to Chaundra about her trip to Southern Israel. While visiting a friend from University who has settled in Israel they wanted to go to someplace the friend had not yet seen and ended up in the barren region of Southern Israel.

“I would recommend other people go to the South of Israel and the Negev in particular because it is stunning and there are not usually nearly the number of tourists. You really get a feel for some of the more natural aspects of Israel.”

Basing themselves out of Mitzpe Ramon rather than the more popular Beesheba they hiked into some of the Israeli Nation Parks which included ruins of the Nabataeans (who also built Petra).



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Show Notes

Dragondreams
Negev
Beersheba
Mitzpe Ramon
Makhtesh Ramon
Petra
Nabataeans
Avdat
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Eilat
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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

2 Responses to “Travel to Southern Israel – Episode 318”

Nir

Says:

Chris,

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the last podcast about the Negev and the Chaundra’s enthusiasm and passion about the place – she is so right.

Two comments:
The dead sea is the lowest point on earth at -423 meter or -1388 feet below sea level and not 100m. Probably even much lower because we are losing about a meter a year these days.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Sea

The Makhtesh that she mentions is not really a canyon according to the geological definition. A Canyon, generally, has a river that carves its shape with an entry and exit point. A Makhtesh is a unique geological formation, only found in Israel – it’s closed on all sides, no river flows through it and it only has one exit point.

This is the definition from Wikipedia:

A makhtesh (Hebrew: מַכְתֵּשׁ‎‎ ([maχˈteʃ]), plural: מַכְתְּשִׁים ([ˈmaχtəˌʃim]) – Makhteshim) is a geological landform considered unique to the Negevdesert of Israel. A makhtesh has steep walls of resistant rock surrounding a deep closed valley which is usually drained by a single wadi. The valleys have limited vegetation and soil, containing a variety of different colored rocks and diverse fauna and flora. The best known and largest makhtesh is Makhtesh Ramon.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makhtesh

Brad

Says:

Chris,

I sure enjoyed the information about Israel. Chaundra did a wonderful job in describing the trip. I was jogging as I was listening to the show, and the time just zoomed by. I could picture in my mind the desert and all the places of interest she described. Thank you Brad

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