Go Green

written by | Posted on April 10th, 2013

Go Green

Israel’s countryside is a tapestry of landscapes, from lush farmlands to arid deserts, brilliant fields of colorful flowers to dense forests and imposing cliffs. Adventurists seeking to explore a different side of the Holy Land will be delighted with its miles of hiking and cycling trails, as well as watersports like white-water rafting, kayaking down historic waterways like the Jordan River, and kite surfing.

In Israel, technological advancements in farming, both ancient and advanced, mingle in a country that can produce a wide range of agricultural produce due to its diverse land and climate, which plays into Israel’s booming eco-tourism industry. Tourists can stray from visiting Israel’s big urban cities and decide to work in the country on local farms in exchange for food and accommodations. The communal concept of the kibbutz system is still popular today, and a great way for vacationers to take part in an eco-vacation. It was the kibbutz community that first took steps in developing organic farming and wine making, eco-friendly pest control methods, and organic composting.

If your clients are interested in experiencing the greener side of Israel, recommend a specific eco-tour that blends visits to historic sites as well as trips to national parks, river kayaking tours, and hiking. Hiking allows travelers to see the landscape at their own pace, and some hiking routes start from destinations like Galilee and Jerusalem. Cyclists also have an advantage traveling by bike, as many paths are linked to some of the country’s major cities and sites.