The “Derech HaShalom” Hiking Trail in the Arava

The “Derech HaShalom” Hiking Trail in the Arava

This slideshow [00:48] from the Arava Tichona Regional Council provides a peek of the beautiful hiking trail, “Derech HaShalom,” opened in the 1990’s with the help of  KKL-JNF Australia, Canada, and France. This 24-kilometer path stretches along the border between Israel and Jordan, through the Arava desert, and between the yishuvim Idan and Ein Yahav. (Please note that the video will open in a separate window.)

The trail is a testimony to the Israel-Jordan peace agreement signed in 1994, which brought peace and security to the region. As noted by the KKL-JNF website, the hiking path invites visitors to experience the desert “behind the scenes,” as they walk by agricultural fields, water reservoirs, the dramatic desert landscape, diverse wildlife, and various streams.

Image courtesy- Dr. Avishai Teicher, from PikiWiki – a collection of photographs of Israel**

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