Day Out – Makhtesh Ramon

Welcome to yet another side of Israel. Makhtesh Ramon (or Ramon Crater) is located in the south between Tel Aviv and Eilat. It is in the Negev Desert and an amazing place to explore and get lost in. Ramon is the largest makhtesh in the world and the formation is quite unique. The walls are very large with the ‘hole’ section a similar shape to a stretched out/squished heart. Now it’s part of a national park and perfect for adventure.

I got big Grand Canyon flashbacks whilst visiting here. Photos never do justice as they give the feeling of the background being flat or not enough depth, but in reality it goes on endlessly. The majority of people come to hike in the hole and put up camp to spend a few days/weekend there. Some highlights would be the Carpentry which is a large hill compiled of rocks that look like pieces of wood as they’re prism shaped (note the name). There’s a boardwalk and it’s an easy climb to the top. Next to that the park rangers collected different coloured sands from throughout the Negev and put them all here so you can see the colour comparison and variety. I’m a big pastel colour fan so really loved this part. In fact depending on what time of day it is, the desert changes colours from the sun and shadows. If you like nature then boy you’ll love this, just don’t forget water!

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