London, United Kingdom
August 15, 2001
Once you leave the road you can walk down the steep sides of the Wadi, teaming with an array of desert life which thrives on the numerous fresh water springs. The Wadi still provides water for the city of Jerchico using old aqueducts.
This is really a place for exploration. Along your route you may find some of the caves inhabited by Christian monks some 1600 years ago. There are also ruins of ancient monasteries, Roman aqueducts, cliff-side murals and the remains of fortresses. Wherever you go, there is rubble under your feet; the remains of ancient civilizations. The one monastery still in use is the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Saint George of Koziba. Built into the walls of the Wadi, the monastery looks precarious but having existed, then been destroyed and rebuilt on several occasions, it appears happy with its mountainside perch, which it has held on to since the 5th century.
Wadi Qelt is also an ideal place for physically disabled nature lovers. There are a number of places where you can be hire a camel with a guide and be lead down the Wadi with minimal exertion. The guides will help you on and of the camel and safely take you along the rocky path, holding on to the camel's reigns so that you do not end up 5 miles away with a sore backside!
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