The real Oasis in the middle of the desert: Ein Gedi.
An oasis, a natural reserve, and numerous hiking routes. Most of the routes are forbidden to enter after 11:00 or 12:00 – since the heat is so intence, they cannot guarantee you will come back alive if you start climb after morning and get lost..
This one you cannot get too close (the chain doesn’t mean anything to some… The soft, green moss and its ecosystem must be fragile and should be kept as it is. The famous cidar tree (7,200 years old) in Yakushima, Japan, was surrounded by ropes when I saw it 5 years ago – indeed it was huge, solemn, and maintained a divine feeling. Look at the pictures here. We can see the details clearly – the wrinkles engraved on the trunk, the twisted roots and branches – but why so clear? It is because the visitors, increasing year by year, climbed up on the tree and scraped all the moss covered it.