|Location:||Wadi Nahal Perazim. South of the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, west of Mt. Sedom. By car from the Arava-Dead Sea road, between kilometers 193 and 194, turn onto a dirt road, which leads to the Amiaz Plain. From the Amiaz Plain look for signs that point to Nachal Perazim or the Flour Cave. By jeep via Nachal Zohar.|
|Open:||no restrictions |
|Light:||None, bring torch.|
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Nahal Perazim is a beautiful narrow gorge with high walls. Obviously this gorge was formed by flowing water eroding into the rather soft sedimentary rocks during the last 18,000 to 20,000 years. The water was flowing from a lake, which once covered the area, to the dead sea. The floor of this gorge is horizontal and covered with sand, which makes it rather easy to walk through.
After 15min walk through the gorge, you will reach Flour Cave, dubbed so because of the flour-like substance you will have on your clothing when emerging from it. The rocks are chalk, which is white, soft and crumbling. If you did not forget your torch, you can safely follow the cave. It is always high enough to walk upright and the floor is level. It takes only a few minutes to reach the other end, where you leave the gorge by ascending a series of steps of white rock to the top of the gorge.
The visit to Flour Cave is easy and much fun for the whole family. Nevertheless, in an aride climate very rare rainfalls appear, especially in winter, which might couse the gorge to flood in seconds. So take a little care about the weather and have a nice visit.