Environmental NGO unveils Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian hiking, cycling trails

Providing a first-time experience for nature lovers, the cross-border environmental organization EcoPeace unveiled four new guided treks that each traverse Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian territory.

Among the treks are two hiking trails, a bike tour and a walking trip, according to EcoPeace, which has offices and directors in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan. Realized through special funding from the United States Agency for Development (USAID), the project has brought together tour guides, tourism experts and trails in all three places, in what EcoPeace describes as “an unprecedented collaboration for the common cause of attracting tourists to our region.”

“We are proud to introduce an initiative that comes from cooperation among Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority – we expect that the trips will attract many tourists from around the world,” said Gidon Bromberg, Israel director for EcoPeace.

The two hiking tours each last eight days, enabling travelers to immerse themselves by foot in the region’s natural landscapes, with different stops along the way.

The first begins in the Palestinian Authority in the Auja Valley, continuing on to Wadi Qelt, Jericho, the Fasail village and Wadi Al Jaheer. In Israel proper, the group hikes on to Kibbutz Ashdot Yaakov, Nahal Tvivon and Nahal Dishon and the Druze village of Peki’in. After crossing the border into Jordan, the hiking tour continues to the Sharhabil Bin Hassneh Ecopark, followed by climbing and rappelling on the Dalieh cliff, hiking to the Ziglab Dam and trekking in the Khirbet Zilmeh and Tibneh regions.

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