The Spice Route is a historic and archaeological route based on the trade routes of the past. It can be traveled on a series of unpaved roads specifically used for jeeps, camels, horses, and donkeys. The route starts off in Mitzpe Ramon, Israel, which sits on the largest natural crater in the world. The rock formations in the crater are thousands of years old, and there are 1,200 kinds of vegetation growing among the rocks. Hikes and climbs lead to beautiful views of the desert and unique flora and fauna that can only be found in the desert. This desert crater is a national park with many trails leading through geological wonders.
From Mitzpeh Ramon the Spice Route continues on to Petra, Jordan, where Bedouin culture and lifestyles can be observed. From Petra, the route continues to the Sinai Route. The Sinai is a meeting point of two continents. It consists of a dry, rough landscape where the mountains meet the sea at the Gulf of Aqaba. Many Bedouin live in this desert that carries a history of war between many nations. This part of the route features many more historic sites and observations of the Bedouin lifestyle.
The Spice Route allows you to experience the desert hiking for which Israel is so famous. If you're interested in an "off-the-beaten-track" trip to Israel, the Spice Route should be at the top of your list of places to see!
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