Reasons to Visit
Petra is the most famous of Jordan's historic ruins, but it is by no means the only one. Ummayad palaces, Graeco-Roman cities, ancient churches and crusader castles are found throughout the country and are likely to form the backbone of your time in Jordan.
Jerash is the Classical jewel in Jordan's crown but the Greeks and Romans left their traces across the country, sometimes leaving behind entire cities, like Umm Qais, and sometimes modifying existing settlements, as with the colonnaded street in Petra.
It was T.E. Lawrence who brought Wadi Rum to public attention, and his description of the desert region as "vast, echoing and godlike" sums it up perfectly. The red sand and towering sandstone mountains make this a deservedly popular destination.
Jordan is right at the forefront of conservation in the Middle East, and her reserves don't just preserve rare wildlife, like the ibex, but also remarkable scenery and traditional ways of life. The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature runs five main reserves in Jordan, such as the Dana Nature Reserve.
Petra is one of the most famous UNESCO world heritage sites and one of the places everyone wants to visit once in their life. The other heritage site you may visit in Jordan is Qasr Al-Amra, protected by UNESCO because of its rich and vivid frescoes dating to the Umayyad period (the eight century AD).
Carving down from the desert plateau to the depths of the Dead Sea and Rift Valley, Jordan's wadis are a haven for the more adventurous, whether you choose to hike down Wadi Feynan to spend time at the Ecolodge there, or to tackle the deep pools and boulder chokes of the wet descent of Wadi Mujib.
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The vast desert expanse of Wadi Rum is home to canyons that offer respite from the powerful midday sun and bear Thamudic inscriptions dating back two millennia.
In recent times the vast desert expanse of Wadi Rum has become famed as the location for many of Lawrence of Arabia’s exploits, but traders have passed across the landscape for thousands of years.
Canyons, offering respite from the powerful midday sun, bear Thamudic inscriptions dating back two millennia.
Rum is a place of towering sandstone outcrops, with sheer red sides and rounded summits. Unusual geological formations such as rock bridges are easy to find, the local fauna less so though ibex, hyrax and Arabian desert cats are all resident.
A visit to Wadi Rum can be an excursion in a 4WD driven by a local Bedouin, an overnight stay in a basic, fixed camp, or a mobile camping trip on camelback lasting several nights.
A Jordan family holiday has something to offer children of all ages, from exploring the city of Petra to camping and camel riding in the desert of Wadi Rum, floating in the Dead Sea to escaping the crowds and relaxing at a nature reserve.
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