If you’re spending a few days in Jordan I would definitely recommend checking out some of these fantastic locations! I grouped them according to proximity to each other while balancing food, culture, history & activities in the outdoors!
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How to get around
- Join a group or private tour
- Derbi Tours
- Wild Jordan (RSCN)
- Rent a car
- Go by bus (JETT)
- Hire a taxi
What to take with you
Keep in mind Jordan can get quite hot in the summer so you want to keep hydrated & protect your skin from the sun. Also good to remember that Jordan is a conservative country so to wear appropriately according to the location you’re going to.
- Hat or scarf
- Comfortable hiking shoes & flip flops
Where to visit
DEAD SEA, WADI MOUJIB & WADI MUKHAIRIS
Dead Sea is definitely where you go to break away from the routine & relax. Don’t forget to indulge in a mud bath. Apply it for 15 minutes then wash it away. Easiest way to do this is while floating in the sea. Definitely avoid getting the water in your eyes as this will truly burn on a level you haven’t previously experienced. The same is true to shaving, avoid doing this a day or two in advance!!! There are some truly great spas here like the ones at Kempinski & Mövenpick hotels.
Wadi Moujib is 30 minutes away and is a water trek of no more than an hour back & forth.
My favorite experience was that at Wadi Mukhairis, another valley in Jordan, where the trail is literally across the street from the hotels at the Dead Sea. It’s a much longer trek with 3 abseils. If you’re fit & up for a lovely adventure then I would definitely recommend this, but you would definitely need a qualified guide for this.
PETRA, WADI RUM & AQABA
I would highly recommend a day trip in the rose city aka Petra, which is still considered one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. The most ideal time to start your trek would be at sunrise as it will best capture the colors of this enchanting UNESCO site.
Then camp the night in Wadi Rum and have a bedouin feast where they cook in a “zarb”. Food turns out delicious as it would be cooked for hours underground.
You can then spend a day or two in Aqaba (preferably in any of the hotels or airbnb chalets in Tala Bay) where you can snorkel or dive & enjoy other beach sports. If you make it to Aqaba then make your way to Romero, a delicious Italian restaurant, where you can have a delicious meal by the sea.
Lot’s of history here & they are known for their mosaics! One of my favorite restaurants in town is Haret Jdoudna. This literally used to be someone’s home which was later turned into a restaurant. I love their mixed grills & most especially their garlic chicken wings. Most of my visits here were during lunch time, which I loved. I’ve also been twice on a Thursday evening where they have a live Arabic band & singer. People usually go to eat & then PARTY!
I would definitely do a day trip to this beautiful destination. It’s so full of history! Try to read up before going as you may not find much information around or you could hire a guide. Take your time while you’re there enjoy the stroll as it takes you back in time.
You can visit this town which shouldn’t take more than a few hours. It houses a 12th century castle & fortress that is located on top of a hill – a strategic location historically used to protect its people from past wars.
Ecolodges & tours
These tours are completely organized by Wild Jordan
- Dana biosphere reserve
- Ajloun forest reserve
- Mujib biosphere reserve
- Shaumari wildlife reserve – Oryx safari
- Azraq wetland reserve
- Feynan Ecolodge – a fantastic place to stay if you want to completely switch off & that includes electricity!
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