Are you dreaming of traveling to Israel, but are afraid of harming the environment? Would you like to visit natural sights in the Holy Land, without destroying them? Then the organization “Ecotourism Israel” is something for you. This initiative gives attention to a large number of destinations in Israel that are suitable for tourists who want to safeguard the environment. The goal is to preserve unique and varied natural and cultural sights in the country, as well as getting tour operators and tourists to use the natural resources in a sustainable way.
”Ecotourism Israel” runs a web portal, in Hebrew and in English, where you can find information about very many places and sights in Israel, where they take care of the environment. Furthermore, tour operators, managers of different sights and others are educated in ecological thinking and how to protect the nature.
In order to be “approved” by “Ecotourism Israel”, the sights must fulfill certain criteria. Among these are saving water (for example with drop irrigation) and electricity (for example by using lights that turn off automatically when you leave the room). All waste has to be recycled and the sight should be easily accessible by public transportation, by bicycle or by foot. As far as possible, locally produced goods and services should be used.
On the web portal “Ecotourism Israel” who want to safeguard the environment find a real goldmine before a visit to Israel. There are very many ecological alternatives for accommodation, restaurants, activities and trips.
Among the recommended options for accommodation there is a hotel at the Dead Sea, a camping site on the Carmel Mountain and wooden cabins in the Upper Galilee.
When it comes to eating and drinking, the ecological alternatives include the Har Haruach Goat Farm for cheese lovers and the wine producer Hans Sternbach for people who enjoy quality wine. These two places are not far from Jerusalem and are based on ecological agriculture. The vegetarian restaurant Green Meal in northern Israel, where the ingredients are grown next to the restaurant, is also highly recommended.
Among the activities that are suitable for tourists who want to safeguard the environment are archery and horseback riding at two different places in the Negev Desert.
Regarding trips in the magnificent Israeli nature, the web portal “Ecotourism Israel” recommends a large number of national parks and nature reserves, from the beautiful coral reefs in Eilat in the South, to the impressive water falls in Banias in the North.
Thus, there is very much to discover in Israel for tourists who want to take care of the environment. It sure is possible to experience this fantastic country without harming the nature. Just start by visiting “Ecotourism Israel” while planning your trip.