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5 Things To Do in Jordan Before You Dieby Tania Wheeler


You might think that Jordan is just a massive empty desert... Partly correct! However, concealed in that beautiful desert are some of the world's most amazing sights! Check out the top 5....

Wadi Rum Desert Wadi Rum, in the south of Jordan, is a area of huge sandstone and granite mountains and wide sandy valleys. Narrow canyons conceal ancient rock drawings etched by the people of the desert over previous millennia. Bedouin tribes still live among the mountains of Rum and their large goat-hair tents are a special feature of the landscape. There are several options for exploring Wadi Rum. Visitors should head for the Visitors Centre where, apart from visitors’ facilities, you can hire a 4x4 vehicle, together with driver/guide, and then drive for two or three hours into the Wadi system to explore some of the best known sites. Alternatively you can hire a camel and guide.

Petra Petra is known as the Rose-Red City (for the colour of the rocks in which Petra is carved), and is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed. Once inside the site, you can hire a donkey, or for the more adventurous, a camel - both come with handlers and take designated routes throughout the site.

Amman Amman, the modern and ancient capital of Jordan, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the World. The city's modern buildings blend with the remnants of ancient civilizations. Amman is a great base to explore Jordan with the Dead Sea a mere 40 minutes from this bustling capital.

Karak Karak is a city known for the famous crusader castle Kerak. The castle is one of the three largest castles in the region, the other two being in Syria. An ancient Crusader stronghold, Kerak sits 900m above sea level and lies inside the walls of the old city. The city today is home to around 170,000 people and continues to boast a number of restored 19th century Ottoman buildings, restaurants, places to stay, and the like.

Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea Without doubt the world’s most amazing place! The Jordan Rift Valley is a dramatic, beautiful landscape, which at the Dead Sea end is over 400 metres (1,312 ft.) below sea level. The lowest point on the face of the earth, the Dead Sea is devoid of life due to an extremely high content of salts and minerals which gives its waters the renowned curative powers, therapeutic qualities, and its buoyancy.

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