Lowland Wildflowers & A First Temple Town
Monday, March 13th: Join Hiking the Holyland and expert guide Ben Zaltzman for a journey in the Jerusalem Lowlands to Tel Socho and Hurvat Kiyafeh! This will be the third in a monthly series covering “Telim”, the ancient sites of Israel hidden in nature.
Our hike will begin near Tel Socho, a hill covering an ancient Biblical town which is now famously carpeted in purple lupines and red anemones during the winter months. Then, we’ll continue through the lush, Jerusalem Lowland scenery towards Hurvat Kiyafeh – an ancient First Temple town right in the middle of nature. Along the way, we’ll stop to pick wild edibles, learn about our surroundings, and enjoy hot tea made from freshly picked herbs on the trail. This is a moderately challenging trail, suitable for those who can hike on uneven terrain. Lace up your hiking boots, and come and join us!
Round trip transportation from Jerusalem available at an additional cost of 80 NIS. We realize that sometimes your plans change – you can cancel your registration up to one week before the hike.
My name is Ben Zaltzman, I’m a tour guide and a hiker in Israel who leads people on trails around the country.
I fell in love with nature at a young age.
While exploring the wide open spaces of nature, I came to know that it was the place where I belong.
A question I ask during our journeys is, “What happens to me in nature?”
I found secret hiking trails, discovered magical corners in the country, and have been guiding others through my experiences.
The trips I lead are about nature connection, the power of being in nature, and the changing environment.
I’m an expert at long-distance hikes. I hiked for 6 month along the Pacific Crest Trail in the US, and have gone on lots of other journeys in Israel and abroad.
Tour guiding course of the ministry of tourism, birdwatching course (Israeli SPN), educational tours (ministry of education), Storytelling, hunter-gatherers life skills, group dynamics leader, tour educator (on Birthright), Nature cure & connection journey.