Many people consider a Jordan trip because of the magical ancient Nabataean city of Petra. Petra is without a doubt one of the most spectacular sights of the Middle East vying for title of ‘world’s most dramatic’ with other ‘lost’ cities from around the globe such as Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat.
But there is so much more to Jordan than Petra, there are ruined Roman cities, castles build by Crusaders, desert citadels and important biblical sites such as the brook where Jesus was baptized, the fortress where John the Baptist was beheaded and the mountain top from where Moses cast eyes on the Promised Land.
Biblical scenes are not limited to Jordan’s past because you’ll see plenty of men wearing full-flowing robes and leading herds of livestock across the timeless desert.
It’s not all desert and ruins, Jordan’s capital Amman is a modern and very culturally diverse Arab city which is leagues away from typical the clichés of Middle Eastern exoticism. The country also offers a lot of options for adventure enthusiasts, because the place offers an incredibly varied ackdrop ranging from the red desert sand of Wadi Rum to the wonderful blues of coral-filled Gulf of Aqaba. Then there’s palm-filled wadis and the rather lifeless Dead Sea, there are all sorts of things to see and do here.
In order to complete the experience you’ll simply have to take in the atmosphere and culture of this Middle Eastern country; make sure to try the bittersweet taste of cardamom coffee alongside the smell and taste of a richly scented nargileh – water pipe, as well as the intoxicating swirls of Arabic pop coming out of a doorway in Amman which contrasts with the deafening silence of the desert.
Keep in mind some Jordan car hire services for when you travel to the country, it will make visiting it a great experience.