14 Oct 2016
Beit Sahour, Palestine
Sustainable Tourism
If you are looking for a historical hiking trip, you will have a hard time finding one with more gravitas — Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil lets you follow the footsteps of Abraham – a key figure to three of the world’s major religions – and trace the on-foot journey he made some 4,000 years ago.

The journey celebrates the cultures and hospitality of the locals, and promotes a message of peace. Stretching from the village of Rummana in Jenin in the north of West Bank to Al-Burj village in the Hebron governorate in the south, the path leads deep into the memory and heritage of the Palestinian people.

Ranked number one “Best New Trail” by National Geographic in 2014, it invites you to discover the family life of the villages, the proud ways of the Bedouin, and the age-old traditions of hospitality that lie at the heart of Palestinian daily life.

The stewardship of this path lies with Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil (MIAK), a non-profit community-based tourism initiative. MIAK works closely with the rural communities in the 52 villages along the 321-kilometer path to protect the fauna and flora, and to cultivate their resources and capacities to create opportunities for a better life.

Visitors are invited to hike in the nature of their lands, be exposed to the cultural diversity, be guided through the historical and archaeological sites, experience the taste of the traditional food, and have the privilege of the communities’ accommodation.

To support community-based tourism in these villages, the organization contributes to the renovation of home-stays and provides training to the individuals, such as e.g. hospitality training, English language training, or sewing and embroidery training. In addition, they support the staff with the promotion, marketing, and packaging of their agricultural products.

This community-based tourism project wants you to go on a historical hiking trail | The Switchers
Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil Heritage Hiking Trail
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