Jordan experience

Jordan is a travel experience. A small country with many showstopper places of interest.  With ancient cities, spectacular desert and one of the world’s most unusual lakes The Dead Sea (yes the Dead Sea is actually a lake!) And let’s not forget Petra which translate to Rock.  And another area to enjoy is the Red Sea in the south of Jordan. The short coastline which borders Israel to the west and Saudi Arabia to the east. There is an overall good feeling about Jordan and its warmhearted people that make it such a special place.

Jordan has several climate zones ranging from a Mediterranean climate to a desert climate. between day and night, summer and winter become. Temperatures vary greatly from region to region and this made out travel last month March quiet magical from rain to snow to sunshine and very warm weather. Be prepared and pack accordingly the clothes. (Warm coat to swimming costume).  

Almost all Jordan tours start off in the capital city of Jordan.

Amman is the city built over 19 hills called “Jabal” and there is much to explore. Located perfectly with the airport close by and  the Dead sea together with the ancient cities the capital can be your start point. After you have explored what there is to offer here. You can take the Kings Highway direction Petra, a four hour drive with stops to the south.

I guess that the biggest impact for me was Petra,  one of the new seven wonders of the world, a UNESCO-listed marvel. A rose-red city, or the mysterious city.

That was the first surprise for me . Spanning over 60 square kilometers, Petra covers a large area. The Treasury is 4 km from the main entrance through the Siq, the narrow canyon of Indiana Jones (if you know the movie but we all do of course) .

Later  on from the Treasury you’ll find the Royal Tombs, the Street of Façades, Qasr-al-Bint temple and more.

Comfortable shoes are a must prepare yourself for a lot of walking.

Getting to the Monastery, one of Petra’s most stunning sights, takes another couple of hours return and a climb of over 800 steps. There are loads of other places to visit, such as the High Place of Sacrifice with stunning views over the site, and hundreds of nooks and crannies.

The best is just scroll around and definitely take you time and take preferably more than one day, you will not regret this. This way you get the value for money since the entrance is not cheap but so worth it.

Take some water and pack some sandwiches and just go for hike you will be passing  horses to donkeys, horse-carts and camels, cats and dogs and goats. There are many places where you can sit and have some food and drinks mostly very authentic places overlooking the beautiful surroundings. There are not many places to get a lunch so take something with you.

Not more than a couple of hours from Petra you will find the moon like surroundings of Wadi Rum which is truly amazing. You see nothing but sand and massive rock formations as far as the eyes can see. You can explore the Jordan desert on a jeep tour that takes you to the highlights of Wadi Rum, one of Jordan’s World Heritage Sites. Do not forget to book a night or two in the desert. Waking under the stars will take all your troubles away.

From here we are moving to Aqaba and are ready for some snorkeling and BBQ in the clear waters of the Red Sea.

Even though there are conflicts  in the neighbouring countries of the Middle East,  the Kingdom of Jordan remains one of the safest places in the region. This can be attributed to Jordan’s progressive culture and focus on keeping their country stable and tourist friendly.  It is just natural to respect the local culture and if you travel in a group or alone to have a guide to  benefit from having an expert with local knowledge.

And to look stylish during the special travel trip you can opt for the red-and-white keffiyeh is strongly associated with the country and its heritage, where it is known as the shemagh mhadab.  The scarf name is  keffiyeh and has decorative cotton or wool tassels on the sides; bigger and nicer quality is says something about the value and importance of the individual.  Worn by Bedouinsand villagers for centuries  and used as a symbol of honor and tribal identification. You can opt for color which is associated with the neighbours heritage. Believe me you will be happy when you in the desert and you can cover your mouth with it to protect you from flying sand. It protects from the strong sun as well.

I have packed my clothes accordingly warm downs jacket from Moncler looks as good as on skies slopes as in the cold desert night. If you opt for classic you will be happy to wear over and over.  Natural clothes looks the best in Petra and in Desert to blend with the surroundings.

My DODO BAR OR tasseled striped cotton-gauze midi dress is a great choice  when scrolling around the beach town in Aqaba visiting the harbor, and mosque. I get greets and compliments from the local ladies.

I will always look back at this memorable trip with gratitude in having experienced some of Jordan’s charmes.