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Israel’s Mitzpe Ramon Crater

The Mitzpe Ramon Crater is a unique geological formation located in southern Israel

The Negev Desert of southern Israel is home to one of the rarest geological formations on earth, the Mitzpe Ramon Crater.

Mitzpe Ramon Crater

 Located in the heart of the Negev Desert in Southern Israel, the Ramon Crater is a “Makhtesh” geological feature that, unlike a meteor or asteroid impact or a volcanic crater, is unique only to Israel and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. A makhtesh is formed when a hard outer layer of rock covers layers of softer rock. Erosion and rain then remove the softer minerals quickly and are washed away from under the hard rock leaving the hard rock to collapse under their own weight with nothing below to hold it up. A carter-like valley is formed. The hard rock, usually comprised of limestone and dolomite, is found throughout the valley while the softer chalk or sandstone can be found at the bottom of the valley. Ramon crater is the largest of these unique geological features.

Mitzpe Ramon Crater

The town of Mitzpe Ramon (translated roughly to “Ramon Lookout”) sits on the northern edge of the mighty 40 km long, 2-10 km wide and 500 m deep valley. Shaped like an elongated heart, from the town you can clearly see the defined edges of Israel’s largest national park. And of course, plan your route for a day of epic “jeeping,” as the locals call it.

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Mitzpe Ramon Nature Reserve

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The trip, courtesy of Ladbrokes Israel, was a fantastic time in the desert sun. We were treated to a legit hookah lounge and buffet, trekking, massage overlooking the valley and a stay at the incredible Beeresheet Hotel. The baller-status accommodation is located some 800 m above sea level so you’ll need to bring a sweater and long pants even in the summer as it gets quite chilly at night. I learned something about myself in the desert – infinity pools are my thing.

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For adventurers heading to the Dead Sea, grab a bus over to Mitzpe Ramon. Trekking and camping out in the multi-colored sandy desert makes for a terrific weekend/3-day trip. Day tours are available as are trips to alpaca farms and unbelievable lookouts. There is one nightspot in Mitzpe Ramon and if you’re in the mood for jazz, you’re in luck. Check out the rest of the shots below and high-resolution pics on Facebook by Clicking Here

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IsraeliAbroad was started as a passion project by photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!