Jordan, although tiny in size, besides being one of the most attractive countries in the world, is also one of the safest in the Middle East. Unparalleled natural scenery resembling an alien planet and remarkable ruins of the greatest civilizations like the Romans and Nabataeans make it one of the most unique places on Earth. Take a look at the 5 not to miss places while visiting Jordan.
The ancient, carved in rock, city of Petra doesn't need an introduction. Known especially from the famous film about Indiana Jones is probably the world's most impressive archaeological site open to tourists.
Before you even enter the city itself, you will have to get through the amazing, red rock gorge which, even if Petra wasn't there, would be a world class attraction in itself. The words cannot describe the the feeling when you get near the end and can spot the beautifully carved Treasury of Petra emerging from the reddish walls of the canyon.
Many of the people reach only the most famous part - the aforementioned Treasury and fail to explore the rest! Don't make this mistake!
The site of Petra is huge and there are numerous trails available for you to discover. A must see is the trail to the Monastery - another carved monument located on top of the nearby mountain. Staring at the Monastery, it's just difficult to comprehend how those ancient people with no technology using primitive tools were able to carve it of a sheer rock wall in that location.
For more information about what exactly to see in Petra and detailed description of the trails, check my articles in the Related Section below.
2. The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. Due to its extremely salinity, it's virtually impossible to sink in it. You can enjoy floating on you back effortlessly. Also, at the Dead Sea shore, you can admire a beautiful phenomenon - salt crystals form and set on the rocks and beaches creating amazing, almost snow-like surface. Don't miss the readily available black mud treatment! The Jordanian side of the Dead Sea is usually wilder and less touristy that the Israeli one. However, it's not difficult to find great accommodation that offers all the frills at prices usually way better than in Israel. You can search for the best hotel and flight ticket deals here.
If you're interested in history, this is the place where many biblical stories took place. Visit the nearby Mount Nebo where Moses was born and see the rock from which water flowed when he hit it with his cane. The Dead Sea area is a one of a kind experience that you cannot miss.
Jordan is so rich in historical sites that it can boast not only Petra when it comes to the remains of ancient civilizations. Jerash is yet another Roman city - one of the best preserved in the world. Both the vast area of Jerash as well as the size of the temples and columns are completely mind blowing. You will feel absolutely tiny. The ruins you can find in Europe don't even come close to what you can see here - they were unfortunately wiped off the ground. It's a one of a kind spot that you just can't miss.
4. Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum is one of the most extraterrestrial looking place on Earth. Red sand desert and dry, brown rocks that are called by the locals "caramel cake" (they do resemble the cake!) will make you feel like you're on Mars. Because of its appearance, Wadi Rum was the set of quite a few Hollywood films about Martian expeditions - for example "The Martian" with Matt Damon or "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story". According to Wikipedia, Matt Damon was to have said: "I was in awe of that place. It was really, really special. One of the most spectacular and beautiful places I have ever seen, and like nothing I’ve ever seen anywhere else on Earth." Definitely a place not to miss - if you have a chance stay overnight in one of the camping areas.
If you're flying into Jordan, Amman will be most probably your first contact with the country. You can find easy, affordable flight booking on Wego. The Amman region is one of the oldest inhabited continuously areas in the world. The city is vast and spread all over the hills covering them with white, distinctive houses. The most interesting part is the very central hill where you can find remnants of the Roman civilization and an enormous amphitheater where you can enjoy performances up to this day.
Author: Tom @ Adventurous Travels
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