Jordan — Overview
Travelers often label the Middle East as a war zone, an area of religious conflict and a region that should not be visited. If you fall into this category, you have no idea what you’re missing out on in Jordan. Steeped in the most interesting of histories, home to the richest of cultures and boasting an undeniably gorgeous landscape, Jordan is the pearl of the Middle East.
Jordan’s sights and activities are some of the most famous in the universe. Filled with religious and political importance, the Dead Sea, the Wadi Rum desert and the ancient complexes of Petra and the Citadel are marvels the world over.
Much the same can be said about the activities on offer. Adrenaline junkies will be pleased with the number of hikes, sand-dune excursions and scuba diving opportunities available. Those looking for a slower pace could always spend a little time floating in the Dead Sea or catching a bird’s eye view of the land from a hot air balloon. Jordan’s terrain is extremely varied which makes for an interesting and exciting trip. From large expanses of desert to the lush greenery in the Dana Nature Reserve, the countries surrounding Jordan are also culturally and historically interesting and would make for a great Middle Eastern expedition.
Many accommodation options are available from five star hotels to student backpacker hostels. The cuisine is well worth a taste and is typical of Middle Eastern fare. Ingredients as chickpeas and eggplant can be found in many Jordanian dishes. Local food tends to be cheaper than international options, but there are many spots for those looking for something familiar.
Travelers have their pick of metered taxis, which can be flagged down roadside or shared taxis which often run to the outskirts of the city. Both are relatively well-priced options. There is no train service in Jordan, unless you’re interested in connecting to Syria. There are many private bus companies which operate on a variety of routes, but minibuses will often do the same job in less time.
- Float in the Dead Sea (but remember not to shave right before)
- Take a four-wheel drive tour over Jordan’s golden dunes
- Visit the ancient city of Petra
- Dive in the waters off the shore from Aqaba
- Go in search of the oldest mosaic map of Palestine
- Sleep under the Jordanian skies with the Bedouin people at Wadi Rum
- Roam through the pathways of an ancient Roman civilization at the Citadel