Journey through Jordan

Jordan is the safest country to visit in the middle east and it seems that the conflicts in surrounding countries have driven tourism down greatly. Often people travel to the middle east to see a number of countries, but we more than filled our two weeks purely in Jordan. The country is full of amazing UNESCO sites, boasts an extremely diverse range of attractions and still manages to fulfil the adventure element too. Your options are truly open with this country, whether you want to visit places from the bible, walk hundreds of miles, scale mountain tops or chill in the sea.

 


Adventure

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum is one the most popular destinations in Jordan, located in the far south, just shy of Aqaba and the Red Sea. The 720 square kilometer area was protected by the government in 1998 in order to allow bedouin people space to live off the land, moving goats around. Now, the majority of people living in Rum village are still bedouins and a lot have turned to tourism as a primary source on income, providing jeep tours, camel rides and other excursions in the desert.
A lot of people just spend one or two days here experiencing sunrise/sunset and a quick stop tour, however we spent a whole week here, sleeping out in a bedouin camp every night. We visited some of the harder to reach places, including Burdah bridge (a huge natural arch high up in the sandstone) and Jabal Umm al Dami (Jordan’s Highest Peak), while also learning to track animals and cook using traditional methods and ingredients.

A hazy day in Wadi Rum

 

Wadi Rum

Wadi Mujib & The Dead Sea

Wadi Mujib is the biggest canyon leading onto the Dead Sea, and possibly the most visited. Its ease of access allows people to jump out of the car and be in the canyon within a few minutes. There are a number of trails that require you to wade up the river (dependant on time of year), weaving through the carved route in the rock. The shapes and corners of the river’s path are incredible and provide some great fun for climbing up, and floating back down.
The Siq trail is the only unguided canyon route you can do, taking about 2hrs in total. Open from April to October, be prepared to get wet in the early months, but don’t worry, the water is quite warm!
The other two canyon trails (Canyon and Malaqi) require guides. Both routes start off the same as the Siq trail, but instead of turning around at the large waterfall, you climb it and continue up the canyon. The routes split in different directions, but both require you to retrace your steps for the return journey. These are both a bit more physically demanding.
The final walk is the Ibex trail, the only dry trail offered from the Visitors centre. The route runs south, parallel to the Dead Sea before heading up some of the dry wadis and into the Nature reserve opening up the possibility of seeing a range of animals such as the Nubian Ibex.

 

Siq Trail, Wadi Mujib

Feet up in the Dead Sea

Dana Nature Reserve

View from Dana Tower

Dana to Feynan Ecolodge

Aqaba & The Red Sea

Snorkling

Diving


Culture

Petra

Petra, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, fully deserves to be on the list. Travelling down from the north you first come to Little Petra, just 4km up the road. The networks of paths and steps weaving up the rock faces are incredible and its a great attraction to prepare you for the scale of Petra.

 

The iconic Treasury

The Monastery

Jaresh

Roman Amphitheatre at Jaresh

Stone Columns, still standing

Madaba & Mt Nebo

 

Mt Nebo

 

Desert view from Mt Nebo

Amman

Amman is the capital of Jordan and hosts the majority of the population.

Roman Amphitheatre, Amman

Roman Citadel

 

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