Jordan Overview

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Jordan is a desert bound country with extremely friendly people and is the home of one of the biggest draws of the Middle East,the ancient city of Petra. Bordered by Israel, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, you can travel overland to all countries, most notably, Israel. The country is small enough to get most places in half a day, with domestic transport being all bus and mini bus. Officially known as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, this country has some spectacular ruins, desert settings for 4x4 or rock climbing and access to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. Ensure you spend a few days at the ancient city of Petra, it will be a highlight of any trip to the Middle East. If you can only focus on a couple of destinations, visit Petra and the nearby deserts of Wadi Rum along with the vibrant capital city of Amman.

Amman
Aqaba and the Read Sea
The Dead Sea
Jerash
Petra
Wadi Rum

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Photography by Eric Starling, Footside, Sara and Mike Waters

Walking the Siq, Petra, Jordan
Walking the Siq, Petra
Kerak Castle Backflip, Jordan
Kerak Castle Backflip
Amman Backflip, Jordan
Amman Backflip
Jerash, Jordan
Jerash
Cardo Maximus, Jerash, Jordan
Cardo Maximus, Jerash
Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba
Kerak Castle, Jordan
Kerak Castle
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum
Tombs of Petra, Jordan
Tombs of Petra
Monastery Backflip, Petra, Jordan
Monastery Backflip, Petra
Dead Sea Backflip, Jordan
Dead Sea Backflip
Amman, Jordan
Amman
The Royal Tombs, Petra, Jordan
The Royal Tombs, Petra
Amman from Citadel Hill, Jordan
Amman from Citadel Hill
Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba
Jerash Cathedral Atrium, Jordan
Jerash Cathedral Atrium
Petra Tomb, Jordan
Petra Tomb
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum
The Treasury, Petra, Jordan
The Treasury, Petra
Jerash Backflip, Jordan
Jerash Backflip
The Dead Sea, Jordan
The Dead Sea
King Abdullah I Mosque, Jordan
King Abdullah I Mosque
Amman, Jordan
Amman
The Treasury, Petra, Jordan
The Treasury, Petra
The Royal Tombs, Petra, Jordan
The Royal Tombs, Petra
Petra Mountain Range, Jordan
Petra Mountain Range
The Monastery, Petra, Jordan
The Monastery, Petra
Colonnaded Street, Jerash, Jordan
Colonnaded Street, Jerash
Red Sea, Jordan
Red Sea
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum
Amman, Jordan
Amman
Temple of Dushares or Qasr Al-Bint, Petra, Jordan
Temple of Dushares or Qasr Al-Bint, Petra
The Sig from the Treasury, Petra, Jordan
The Sig from the Treasury, Petra
Petra Mountains, Jordan
Petra Mountains
The Royal Tombs, Petra, Jordan
The Royal Tombs, Petra
Amman, Jordan
Amman
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum
Wadi Musa, Jordan
Wadi Musa
Mushroom Rock, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Mushroom Rock, Wadi Rum
The Monastery, Petra, Jordan
The Monastery, Petra
Petra Backflip, Jordan
Petra Backflip
Petra Theatre Backflip, Jordan
Petra Theatre Backflip
Petra by Night, Jordan
Petra by Night
Jerash Cathedral Atrium, Jordan
Jerash Cathedral Atrium
Red Sea, Jordan
Red Sea
Amman, Jordan
Amman
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum
The Treasury, Petra, Jordan
The Treasury, Petra
Petra Theatre, Jordan
Petra Theatre
Jerash Theatre, Jordan
Jerash Theatre
Temple of Artemis, Jerash, Jordan
Temple of Artemis, Jerash

Petra

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling, Footside, Sara and Mike Waters

Al Khazneh or The Treasury, Petra, Jordan
Al Khazneh or The Treasury
The trail to the Monastery, Petra, Jordan
The trail to the Monastery
The Treasury from the Siq, Petra, Jordan
The Treasury from the Siq
Al Deir or The Monastery, Petra, Jordan
Al Deir or The Monastery
Swirling Sandstone Formation, Petra, Jordan
Swirling Sandstone Formation
Tombs of Petra, Petra, Jordan
Tombs of Petra

Petra is incredible.  For centuries travelers have tried to put the beauty and magical awe of this ancient city into words yet they have come up short.  When inducted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 it was described as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage. Petra is an ancient city carved out of the colourful sandstone rock in the mountains of southern Jordan.  The city was built or cut by the Nabataeans.  The Nabataeans are an ancient people who are lacking in historical record yet they commanded enormous power in this harsh desert landscape from around 300BC until 100AD.  They created an ingenious system of channels and reservoirs that brought and stored precious water to their protected valley.  By having a continuous water supply in such an arid region, they attracted traders who plied the silk trade route and grew enormously wealthy.  Building projects on a grand scale were undertaken during the height of the Nabataean wealth, and these time weary monuments are what remain today and are what have fascinated eager travellers for centuries.  The legend of Petra is made even more intriguing due to the fact that it was lost from western historical record sometime after the crusades.

The Theatre, constructed by the Nabataeans and enlarged by the Romans, Petra, Jordan
The Theatre, constructed by the Nabataeans and enlarged by the Romans
The Royal Tombs, Petra, Jordan
The Royal Tombs
The Petra Valley from above, Petra, Jordan
The Petra Valley from above

Discovered again by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812, the local Bedouin made travel by foreigners to Petra a dangerous undertaking for years to protect this special place.  The natural defenses of Petra allowed it to remain untouched by marauding armies that swept through this region over the millennia.  Petra requires at least 3 days of exploring to cover the bear essentials of this 40sq km site.  Petra is more than just the iconic façade of the Treasury, there are days worth of stunning tomb facades to explore, highlights include; the Monastery, which is an even larger structure than the Treasury; a huge rock cut amphitheatre and numerous hikes and paths that climb to former religious sanctuaries on the peaks of this enclosed valley. Petra, the rose-red city, is a dramatic and ingenious piece of ancient history whose magnificence is equaled by none. Petra is the number one travel destination in all my travels.

The Treasury, Petra, Jordan
The Treasury
The Treasury, Petra, Jordan
The Treasury
Petra By Night, Petra, Jordan
Petra By Night
View from the High Place of Sacrifice, Petra, Jordan
View from the High Place of Sacrifice
Palace Tomb, Petra, Jordan
Palace Tomb
Obelisk Tomb, Petra, Jordan
Obelisk Tomb
Al-Deir, The Monastery, Petra, Jordan
Al-Deir, The Monastery
Street of Facades, Petra, Jordan
Street of Facades
View from the Treasury of the Siq, Petra, Jordan
View from the Treasury of the Siq
Petra Backflip, Petra, Jordan
Petra Backflip
Petra Backflip, Petra, Jordan
Petra Backflip
Petra Backflip, Petra, Jordan
Petra Backflip
The Siq, Petra, Jordan
The Siq
Urn Tomb, Petra, Jordan
Urn Tomb
View from the path to the Monastery, Petra, Jordan
View from the path to the Monastery
View from Jabal Al KHubtha, Petra, Jordan
View from Jabal Al KHubtha
The Siq, Petra, Jordan
The Siq
Street of Facades, Petra, Jordan
Street of Facades
Street of Facades, Petra, Jordan
Street of Facades
View from the High Place of Sacrifice, Petra, Jordan
View from the High Place of Sacrifice
The Royal Tombs, Petra, Jordan
The Royal Tombs
View of The Temple of Dushares or Qasr Al-Bint, Petra, Jordan
View of The Temple of Dushares or Qasr Al-Bint
Petra Colours, Petra, Jordan
Petra Colours
Al Deir Backflip, Petra, Jordan
Al Deir Backflip
Theatre Backflip, Petra, Jordan
Theatre Backflip
Temple of Dushares or Qasr Al-Bint, Petra, Jordan
Temple of Dushares or Qasr Al-Bint
Al Deir or The Monastery, Petra, Jordan
Al Deir or The Monastery
The Theatre, Petra, Jordan
The Theatre
View from Al Kubtha Mountain, Petra, Jordan
View from Al Kubtha Mountain
Street of Facades, Petra, Jordan
Street of Facades
View from Al Kubtha Mountain, Petra, Jordan
View from Al Kubtha Mountain
View from 	The Colonnade Street, Petra, Jordan
View from The Colonnade Street
The Monastery, Petra, Jordan
The Monastery
The Monastery, Petra, Jordan
The Monastery
The Treasury, Petra, Jordan
The Treasury
The Monastery, Petra, Jordan
The Monastery
Near the Monastery, Petra, Jordan
Near the Monastery
Near the Monastery, Petra, Jordan
Near the Monastery
Lions Tomb, Petra, Jordan
Lions Tomb
Lions Tomb, Petra, Jordan
Lions Tomb
Near the Royal Tombs, Petra, Jordan
Near the Royal Tombs
The Theatre, Petra, Jordan
The Theatre
The Treasury, Petra, Jordan
The Treasury
The Theatre, Petra, Jordan
The Theatre
Street of Facades, Petra, Jordan
Street of Facades
Royal Tombs, Petra, Jordan
Royal Tombs
Wadi Musa, Petra, Jordan
Wadi Musa
Inside the Monastery, Petra, Jordan
Inside the Monastery
The Theatre, Petra, Jordan
The Theatre
The Treasury, Petra, Jordan
The Treasury
View above the Treasury, Petra, Jordan
View above the Treasury
Lions Tomb, Petra, Jordan
Lions Tomb
The Monastery, Petra, Jordan
The Monastery
Near the Monastery, Petra, Jordan
Near the Monastery
Path to the Monastery, Petra, Jordan
Path to the Monastery
The Siq, Petra, Jordan
The Siq
Aneisho Tomb, Petra, Jordan
Aneisho Tomb
Urn Tomb, Petra, Jordan
Urn Tomb
Street of Facades, Petra, Jordan
Street of Facades
Palace Tomb, Petra, Jordan
Palace Tomb
Fault Line, Petra, Jordan
Fault Line
Palace Tomb, Petra, Jordan
Palace Tomb
Inside the Treasury, Petra, Jordan
Inside the Treasury
Street of Facades, Petra, Jordan
Street of Facades
Inside the Treasury, Petra, Jordan
Inside the Treasury

Jerash

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling, Footside, Sara and Mike Waters

Cardo Maximus, Jerash, Jordan
Cardo Maximus
North Theatre, Jerash, Jordan
North Theatre
Temple of Artemis, Jerash, Jordan
Temple of Artemis
Jerash Ruin Site, Jerash, Jordan
Jerash Ruin Site
Jerash Cathedral, Jerash, Jordan
Jerash Cathedral
Macellum, Jerash, Jordan
Macellum

Jerash, or in ancient times Gerasa, is the ruins of a once thriving Greco-Roman city and is considered to be one of the most important and best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. In the second half of the first century AD, the city of Jerash achieved great prosperity as the Roman Empire built roads throughout the region bringing trade to the small settlement. Jerash and the Syrian ruin of Palmyra started to thrive and expand in importance as trade routes diverted to their cities over previous stops in places like Petra. The current site is huge and very impressive with large stretches of colonnaded streets, huge temple complexes standing tall with orange tinged pillars and amphitheatres restored to their previous glory. The size of Jerash means you can explore its many structures without running in to many other tourists which adds alot to the experience. Often overshadowed by the magnificence of Petra, Jerash is an easy day trip from the capital Amman and well worth the effort to disappear into a piece of history.

South Theatre, Jerash, Jordan
South Theatre
Macellum, Jerash, Jordan
Macellum
Northern Tetrapylon, Jerash, Jordan
Northern Tetrapylon
Forum and Cardo Maximus, Jerash, Jordan
Forum and Cardo Maximus
Jerash Cathedral Backflip, Jerash, Jordan
Jerash Cathedral Backflip
North Theatre, Jerash, Jordan
North Theatre
Corinthium columns, Jerash, Jordan
Corinthium columns
South Gate, Jerash, Jordan
South Gate
Temple of Artemis, Jerash, Jordan
Temple of Artemis
Cardo Maximus, Jerash, Jordan
Cardo Maximus
Nymphaeum, Jerash, Jordan
Nymphaeum
South Theatre, Jerash, Jordan
South Theatre
North Theatre, Jerash, Jordan
North Theatre
Jerash Cathedral, Jerash, Jordan
Jerash Cathedral
South Theatre, Jerash, Jordan
South Theatre
South Theatre, Jerash, Jordan
South Theatre
South Theatre, Jerash, Jordan
South Theatre
South Theatre, Jerash, Jordan
South Theatre
Jerash Temple, Jerash, Jordan
Jerash Temple
Cardo Maximus, Jerash, Jordan
Cardo Maximus
Jerash Temple, Jerash, Jordan
Jerash Temple
Hadrian's Arch, Jerash, Jordan
Hadrian's Arch
Jerash Cathedral, Jerash, Jordan
Jerash Cathedral
South Theatre Performance, Jerash, Jordan
South Theatre Performance
Cardo Forum, Jerash, Jordan
Cardo Forum
Nymphaeum, Jerash, Jordan
Nymphaeum
North Theatre, Jerash, Jordan
North Theatre
Temple of Artemis, Jerash, Jordan
Temple of Artemis
Jerash Cathedral Atrium, Jerash, Jordan
Jerash Cathedral Atrium
Jerash Cathedral, Jerash, Jordan
Jerash Cathedral
Temple of Artemis, Jerash, Jordan
Temple of Artemis
Cardo Forum, Jerash, Jordan
Cardo Forum
South Theatre, Jerash, Jordan
South Theatre
Cardo Forum and Maximus, Jerash, Jordan
Cardo Forum and Maximus
South Theatre, Jerash, Jordan
South Theatre
Cardo forum, Jerash, Jordan
Cardo forum

Aqaba and the Red Sea

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Sara Waters, Mike Waters and Eric Starling

Aqaba Skyline, Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba Skyline

Aqaba is modern city, built over anceint settlements, located on the Red Sea and is the only seaport in Jordan. This clean city is a central hub for ferry traffic coming from countries around the Red Sea, particularly Egypt. Although it is typically a transit point for people entering the country and continuing on to the deserts of Petra and Wadi Rum it also has some spectacular snorkeling and diving opportunities. The jagged red mountains that surround the gulf of Aqaba create a dramatic location for the city and its a nice spot to relax and enjoy the diverse underwater life of the Red Sea if you have the time. 

Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan
Red Sea
Aqaba, Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba

Wadi Rum

Text by Sara Waters; Photography by Sara and Mike Waters

Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum
Rock Bridge, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Rock Bridge
Mushroom Rock, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Mushroom Rock
Camel Ride, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Camel Ride
Red Sand Dune, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Red Sand Dune
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum

The Wadi Rum is a desert valley (or Wadi) of sandstone and granite rock in the south of Jordan. Traversed for centuries by civilizations journeying the Silk Road and written about extensively by T.E. Lawrence, it is a “must see” during any trip to Jordan. Your camera will be working overtime as you attempt to capture the stunning beauty of the golden and red sand along with the towering rock formations. Highlights would include doing a “jeep safari” or camel trek to take in the sights, sounds and experiences of the desert. If nothing else, camping with the local Bedouin or staying in a tent or hut at Bait Ali camp will allow you to take in the stillness, silence and magic that is the Wadi Rum desert.

Red Sand Dune, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Red Sand Dune
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum
Camel Ride, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Camel Ride
Camel Ride, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Camel Ride
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum
Camels, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Camels
Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum
Traditional Bedouin Dress, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Traditional Bedouin Dress
Bait Ali Camp, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Bait Ali Camp
Mike Waters in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Mike Waters in Wadi Rum
Sara Waters in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Sara Waters in Wadi Rum
4x4 Jeep, Wadi Rum, Jordan
4x4 Jeep
Rock Slide, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Rock Slide
Wild Camels, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wild Camels
Mushroom Rock, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Mushroom Rock
Sara Waters in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Sara Waters in Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum

Amman

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling, Footside, Sara and Mike Waters

King Abdullah I Mosque, Amman, Jordan
King Abdullah I Mosque
Amman Hillside, Amman, Jordan
Amman Hillside
Temple of Hercules Backflip, Amman, Jordan
Temple of Hercules Backflip
Amman Skyline, Amman, Jordan
Amman Skyline

Amman is the capital city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. This congested city of over 2 million people was originally built over 7 large hills, similar to Rome. Now the city sprawls over 19 hills and for any western traveller is the safest, friendliest and most easygoing city in the Middle East. Amman's history is long with evidence of civilization dating back to 6500 BC, the Romans left their mark with the large Temple of Hercules built on the peak of one of the original central hills. There are numerous mosques, a quality stone built amphitheatre and winding alleys they snake up and down the hillsides that make for great exploring. Sitting under the shadow of the remaining pillars and listening to the call to prayer belt out from loudspeakers on the surrounding hills is a surreal experience that will define any visit to the Middle East.

Amman Sunset, Amman, Jordan
Amman Sunset
Amman Hillside, Amman, Jordan
Amman Hillside
Amman Mosque, Amman, Jordan
Amman Mosque
Temple of Hercules, Amman, Jordan
Temple of Hercules
Temple of Hercules, Amman, Jordan
Temple of Hercules
Temple of Hercules, Amman, Jordan
Temple of Hercules
Amman Skyline from Citadel Hill, Amman, Jordan
Amman Skyline from Citadel Hill
Ommayed Palace, Amman, Jordan
Ommayed Palace
Roman Theatre from Citadel Hill, Amman, Jordan
Roman Theatre from Citadel Hill
Roman Theatre, Amman, Jordan
Roman Theatre
Temple of Hercules, Amman, Jordan
Temple of Hercules
Temple of Hercules, Amman, Jordan
Temple of Hercules

The Dead Sea

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling, Footside, Sara and Mike Waters

The Dead Sea from the air, Dead Sea, Jordan
The Dead Sea from the air
Dead Sea Backflip, Dead Sea, Jordan
Dead Sea Backflip
Dead Sea Newspaper, Dead Sea, Jordan
Dead Sea Newspaper

The Dead Sea is located in the Dead Sea Rift, which is part of a long fissure in the Earth's surface called the Great Rift Valley. This is the Earth's lowest point at 418 m below sea level and falling by about 1 meter every year. This hyper saline lake is the second saltiest body of water on Earth with a salinity level of about 30 percent. Due to the high salt content the Dead Sea has provided visitors with a unique experience for thousands of years; anyone who swims in its waters cannot sink. Riding so high in the waters makes swimming difficult and mostly you just bob up and down floating right on the surface of the water. A classic activity, if not solely for its photographic value, is reading the newspaper while you float around without fear of ruining your paper. If you have any cuts or sores be prepared for some searing pain and don't dunk your head under water the salt stings the eyes in the worst way.

Dead Sea Salt, Dead Sea, Jordan
Dead Sea Salt
Dead Sea Sunset, Dead Sea, Jordan
Dead Sea Sunset