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Drive King’s Highway; Jordan

The road flies by under your wheels.

Your arm rests on the windowsill as your hand rolls up and down with the wind.  Music plays on the car’s speakers while you drive endlessly towards the horizon.

A lengthy road trip with a scenic backdrop is an enjoyable experience.  When visiting Jordan, substitute an extended bus trip for a drive along the famous King’s Highway.

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Scuba Dive the Red Sea; Aqaba, Jordan

Mention Jordan and you’re likely to conjure up images of the Arabian desert.

Perhaps you will think of Petra.

Maybe the Jordan River or the Dead Sea will come to mind.

However, you are unlikely to think of scuba diving and snorkeling and Aqaba’s Red Sea is one of the country’s best kept secrets.

At the southwest tip of the country stands Aqaba, on the shores of the Red Sea.  Within the last ten years, the gulf city has become known as a premium destination for luxury resorts, high-class hotels, and for its variety of water sports.Continue

Jordan Tourism: How to Explore Petra in a Day

As the morning sun hits the fascia of the Treasury everything in your line of sight is bathed in rose-red hues. Petra, the city half as old as time, was built in the 3rd century BC, abandoned by 555 AD and lost to the west until its rediscovery in 1812.

Since then the site of Petra has been crowned one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and Jordan tourism has thousands of visitors turn up each year to visit to see the lost city.Continue

Camel Trek; Wadi Rum, Jordan

When traveling through the desert there’s only one true mode of transportation.  Don’t bother with those clunky 4x4s.  Don’t try walking through the tough terrain.

Get yourself on a camel and travel like the native Bedouin in Jordan’s Wadi Rum.

Wadi Rum

The 280 square miles (720 sq km) of terrain in Wadi Rum have been home to a variety of cultures dating back to ancient times.  Currently the only permanent residents of the area are the Bedouin, who dwell in camps based on families or tribes.

Most activities in Wadi Rum are based in the Rum village region.  The small town contains shops, restaurants, internet connections, and the small bus stop for getting in from Aqaba.  If you have happened to arrange a tour ahead of time, this is likely the spot that will act as base for pickups and drop-offs.

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Hike the Biosphere Reserve; Dana, Jordan

Getting out of cities and exploring natural landscapes can be a rewarding experience in any country.  Unfortunately, it can often be difficult to travel to these locations due to limited transportation, restricted access or lack of facilities.

The Dana Biosphere Reserve in Jordan offers travelers an excellent opportunity to get back to nature.  Visitors can catch sight of endangered wildlife, walk among diverse vegetation and learn about the traditions of the local tribe.Continue