Greetings from The Middle East’s top Eco-Destination — Jordan

Marhaban and Greetings from Jordan!

I’ve been traveling through Jordan for the past two weeks, showing my parents around this dramatic, beautiful and evocative country. I’ve visited Jordan many times over the past decade. Jordan remains one of my favorite countries in the region. It may be small, but it’s jam-packed with great travel experiences, stunning landscapes, delicious food, and wonderful people.

Jordan offers all the best that nature created – burnt red sand dunes, rugged escarpments and rock cliffs, turquoise waters of the Red Sea, some of the best diving locations in the world, and siqs and wadis made from bands of brightly pastel colored rock.

Best known for Petra (a big thank you to Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade for that one), Jordan is a top destination to hike, camp, enjoy desert camel treks, and dive. It also has a network of excellent eco-lodges run by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature.

For this three week trip, we hit many of  Jordan’s highlights. Here are a few of my favorite moments. Hopefully it will inspire your own travel adventures in Jordan.

And stay tuned to ArchaeoAdventures’ blog as I share more tales and photos from the road. Up next is Istanbul and Turkey!

 

Petra's famous Treasury looms over visitors s they come out of the Siq. It's very impressive and lives up to its billing. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.
Petra’s famous Treasury looms over visitors s they come out of the Siq. It’s very impressive and lives up to its billing. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.
Guard in Petra wearing the traditional Jordanian garb. Even the security adds to the atmosphere. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.
Guard in Petra wearing the traditional Jordanian garb. Even the security adds to the atmosphere. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.
Sunset over the desert around Wadi Musa. The rugged mountains and deep gorges add to Petra and the surrounding area's beauty. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.
Sunset over the desert around Wadi Musa. The rugged mountains and deep gorges add to Petra and the surrounding area’s beauty. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.

Sunset over the Dana Biosphere Reserve, one of Jordan's top hiking areas and nature reserves. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.
Sunset over the Dana Biosphere Reserve, one of Jordan’s top hiking areas and nature reserves. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.
A misty evening on the Dead Sea. The Panorama Center provides the best views over the Dead Sea. Off in the distance are the shores of Israel. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.
A misty evening on the Dead Sea. The Panorama Center provides the best views over the Dead Sea. Off in the distance are the shores of Israel. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.
Mom and I having a float in the Dead Sea. It's an unforgettable experience.
Mom and I having a float in the Dead Sea. It’s an unforgettable experience. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.

 

Musicians at Jerash give travelers a chance to enjoy a a few local tunes in between long walks through the massive ancient city. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.
Musicians at Jerash give travelers a chance to enjoy a a few local tunes in between long walks through the massive ancient city. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.
Exploring the well-preserved Roman ruins at Jerash, a short distance from Amman. Jerash makes a great day trip. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.
Exploring the well-preserved Roman ruins at Jerash, a short distance from Amman. Jerash makes a great day trip. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.
Catching Friday prayer at Amman's most popular mosque, King Hussein I Mosque. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.
Catching Friday prayer at Amman’s most popular mosque, King Hussein I Mosque. Photo: Genevieve Hathaway Photography.

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