Jordan Travel Guide
Jordan is a land rich in history. Since the dawn of civilization, it has played an important role in trade between east and west because of its geographic location at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe. It has been home to some of mankind’s earliest settlements and relics of many of the world’s great civilizations can still be found today. Jordan played a vital role in Roman, Biblical, the early Islamic and Crusader periods.
From the moment you arrive, you get a sense of the past. All around are remnants of civilizations long since relegated to the history books, yet they still remain, stamped into the very fabric of this amazing Kingdom and etched into the soul of the people who live here.
From the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, the miracle of the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley, the wonders of the Red Sea and Wadi Rum to the fine hotels, shopping centers and art galleries of modern Amman, Jordan truly is a nation rich in history and culture.
Jordan is also a country of outstanding bio-diversity. It is a land that encompasses all, from pine-clad mountains, lush green valleys, wetlands and oasis to the breathtaking desert landscapes of Wadi Rum and the kaleidoscopic underwater world of the Red Sea.
Undoubtedly Jordan’s most important and impressive ecological treasure is the unique area along the eastern coastline of Dead Sea. Here, 410 meters below sea level, many small streams flow down from the surrounding hills, their mineral-rich waters creating gushing waterfalls and an amazing diversity of flora and fauna. Here too, are hot thermal springs, their health-giving waters having attracted visitors for thousands of years.
Nature enthusiasts have many options in Jordan: the vast, silent drama of Wadi Rum, the forested hills of central Jordan, or the plunging Jordan Rift Valley that includes the Dead Sea - the lowest spot on earth. The Red Sea resort of Aqaba is always warm, balmy, and enticing for divers and other watersports enthusiasts. Aqaba offers a full range of facilities for speedboating, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, swimming, water skiing, wind surfing, or simply loafing and sunbathing in the warm crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea.
Adventure visitor to Jordan is likely to climb mountains in Wadi Rum, conquering sheer granite cliffs that retain the inscriptions of local climbers who were here 5000 years ago and more. Thrill-seekers who want to go beyond the ordinary will climb into a helicopter or hot air balloon and rise above the mountain-tops of Wadi Rum or over Petra. Gliding and private plane rentals are also available in Jordan, from Amman Airport in Marka superb.
Horseback riders can take a few days to retrace the segments of the ancient spice, silk, and frankincense routes that pass through the green hills of Petra, Amman, and north Jordan. More daring riders will want to mount their Arabian steeds for a four-day trek through the eastern desert, stopping for rest and water at early Islamic desert castles and caravan stations. This trip re-enacts the original Arabian pony express mail service that operated here in the 7th century.
Imagine floating in the buoyant warm, super-salty water of the Dead Sea, taking a relaxing massage, and then enjoying an exquisite meal in exotic surroundings. Or, walking through stunning scenery where only the sound of the birds and the gentle breeze interrupt your thoughts. Imagine immersing yourself in the therapeutic waters of a thermal spring, sleeping under a million stars, or swimming with dolphins in a kaleidoscopic underwater world. Imagine what it would do for your overall health and peace of mind.
With the full understanding that the holiday destinations of today should be more diverse, Jordan has embarked on various projects that feature a combination of both leisure and wellness, so as to ensure you enjoy a unique, in-depth, relaxing experience.
Jordan is well-known for the warmth and friendliness of its people. Anywhere and everywhere you go you will always find someone to assist you. Jordanians have always been eager to open their doors and welcome visitors to experience their remarkable country.
The country is blessed with a fantastic climate all year round, with guaranteed sunshine for eight months of the year. Autumn and spring are especially pleasant.