Although not as lush as Nahal David, this deep canyon is perhaps more spectacular. Enormous boulders and slabs of stone on the opposite cliff face seem poised in midcataclysm. The hour-long hike to the Hidden Waterfall (not too difficult) passes by beautiful spots where the stream bubbles over rock shelves and shallow pools give relief from the heat. If you're adventurous and have water shoes, you can return through the greenery of the streambed, leaping the boulders and wading the pools. Experienced hikers can ascend the Tsafit Trail to Mapal Hachalon (translated as "window waterfall"), where there are stunning views over the Dead Sea. To get here from the Nahal David parking lot, continue south through the date orchards and follow signs to Nahal Arugot.
Off Rte. 90, Ein Gedi, 86980, Israel