This short relaxing half-day hike starts in Beit Jala, west of Bethlehem city. The trail takes the hikers down along the valley called Wadi al-Makhrour, where walkers will be stunned by the beauty of the flora and fauna. The final destination of the tour is the village of Battir - archaeological and historical paradise. In 2014, the place was listed as the UNESCO World Heritage site for its ancient terraced landscape, hosting irrigation channel networks, collection pools, stone terraces, olive groves and world famous archaeological sites. The hike should be on a bucket list of any visitor to Palestine.
- Length: 5 km
- Starting time: Every Monday at 9 AM
- Walking duration: 2.5 hours
- Category: Easy
- Approximate return: 2 PM
Price includes: experienced trekking guide, transportation form and back to the meeting point.
MEETING POINT: In front Bank of Jordan at Bab Zukak Junction in Bethlehem. It is the last bus stop for #231 bus starting from the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. The buses are frequent (around each half an hour) and it takes around 45 minutes to arrive to Bethlehem.
What to bring?
- Lightweight walking boots and modest comfortable clothing
- Possibly walking poles
- At least 2 liters of water, sandwiches and snacks
- Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat
- Passport or ID card, phone, camera