Ramon Crater
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
PROS
* Amazing and fantastic; incredible and impressive natural wonder of the world
* Breathtaking panoramic 360 degree scenic views to the horizon- kilometers upon kilometers of desert expanse.
* Primordial desert experience
* Magnificent hiking and camping and jeep etc outdoor exciting activities
* Small town of Mitzpe Ramon situated on the cliff of the crater provides essential services

CONS
* The sheer size is hard to absorb and process
* Beware of the sudden precipitous straight vertical cliff drop of well over 100 meters
* No shade sun or weather protection at all

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
... when driving from the north to Eilat. Route 40 traverses the Negev Desert from Beersheva and arrives at Mitzpe Ramon. I insisted that we stop at two lookouts- the Hanging Balcony and the Barak and Amichay Lookout. Both are incredible and essential stops (read my "helpful" 👍 reviews and see my "helpful" photos 📷).

Since we needed to get to Eilat, our visit was quite short, so we didn't ahve any time to do the hiking that I love and crave. We proceeded and continued our drive through the other-worldly 40+ kilometer excursion directly through the desert lunar-like landscape.

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
It is free

WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE AGAIN"?
Yes

ADVICE
* This is an essential destination for the tourist- the crater is magnificent- a true natural wonder of the world- and not well enough known outside of Israel. It is a natural phenomena not to be missed when visiting Israel.
* It's best to stop in the little town and continue a two minute walk in the southern direction- but be CAREFUL. Totally unexpected, one comes to a sudden precipitous straight vertical cliff of well over 100 meters, and the expanse of the crater is suddenly revealed- kilometers upon kilometers of desert expanse.
* Be sure to note the colors of the sky during sunrise and sunset.
* Look for the ibex mountain goats wandering in town.
* Take advantage of the myriad outdoor activities- hiking on your own, guided tours, jeep tours, rapelling etc
* Most important- sun protection: hats and sun scream lotion!! And water- liters of water!!

I hope that you find this review and the attached photos 📷 to be "helpful" 👍
Written 12 May 2024
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cat c
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Otherworldly and amazing. Worth the long drive down. The colours of the sand are unreal. (For those wanting to bring sand home please head to the ‘Colourful Sand Park’ in the crater)
Written 18 April 2024
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BeyondBoundaries
Ra'anana, Israel80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Spectacular. Otherworldly. Despite being so much smaller than the Grand Canyon it has its own specialness. It is worth taking drives and hikes off the main roads to see the different sights.
Written 19 February 2024
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Kyron K
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
It's like a massive rocky bowl that makes you feel like you've stepped onto another planet. I half-expected to see a Martian rover cruising around. The colors are something else – all these warm desert tones playing together, especially during sunset, when everything turns into this breathtaking palette of oranges and purples. t's so peaceful, you can almost hear the wind whispering through the rocks. It's like a natural meditation session, minus the yoga pants.
Written 30 November 2023
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JoeNathan9249
Saint Paul, MN5,901 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Fascinating place. Strongly recommend going with a guide who can explain what you're seeking. This place is very different than anywhere else I've been in more than 40 countries.
Please see pics below. Strongly recommended.
Written 5 May 2023
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historyfanatic99
New York City, NY201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Amazing place - walk the rim, drive inside. The views take your breath away. If you park at the visitors center be sure to ask how to pay for parking, otherwise you will get a ticket. All the parking signs are in Hebrew so if you need help ask inside.
There are some great hikes inside the crater and nice places to have a picnic lunch.
Written 2 May 2023
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david92130
Las Vegas, NV132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
If you are driving from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem to Eilat, this is a beautiful spot to stop and stretch your legs and take in the scenery. The geology of the area is unique--it is a crater formed by erosion, not a meteor impact. There is a parking spot along the rim with benches and some explanatory signs, and we stopped there for a picnic lunch. While there we were entertained by an Ibex (a type of goat) wandering in the area.

Your visit can be a short (30 minute) stop to take in the scenery, or longer if you want to hike (which we did not do but if not too hot the hiking is said to be good).
Written 12 March 2023
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Max92
London237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Find a hike to do on the rim - you will get better views than from inside. Also, stargazing here is a must.
Written 24 February 2023
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msdAmerinParis
Paris, France142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Many hikers come to experience the beauties of the desert from the top and bottom of the crater with new views and rock formations at every turn. Jeep visits with guides are also available.
Written 1 December 2022
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WThM
Norfolk, VA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Mahktesh Ramon may be the best national park in Israel. The scenery is one-of-a-kind - somewhat like the Grand Canyon, without the Colorado River
Written 26 September 2022
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