Proceed to the Arava valley and drive along the Peace Road, a 24-km road that stretches along Israel's border with Jordan. Farmers on both sides of the border are using sophisticated methods to make the inhospitable terrain flourish.
At the Peace Lookout, take a moment to stop and enjoy the view of the Edom Mountains, the large water reservoirs and the hothouses bursting with melons, tomatoes and peppers.
Proceed to Kibbutz Lotan, nestled amidst the beauty of the sun drenched Arava Valley in southern Israel, home to stunning desert birds such as the little green bee-eater and hooded wheatear. Like the Hula Valley in the north, the Arava is part of the land bridge linking Europe, Asia and Africa, which sees literally hundreds of millions of migrating birds each year. In the heart of it all, tiny Kibbutz Lotan has become recognized not only as hotspot for bird watching, but also a facility committed to the desert ecology, offering a diverse range of activities. Kibbutz Lotan also raises dairy cows, field crops and dates It is also home to Eco Fun, the Center for Creative Ecology, and a desert natural wellness center.
Continue to the Ovda Valley where desert scenery and the distance from the center guarantee detachment and rest from the hectic pace of life - in the southern Negev, where back-to-basics accommodations are available as a base for hikes in the region.
Overnight in the Eilat Region