“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro
“What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.” ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY, The Little Prince
Back to Jordan again… After my short trip to Rwanda and Zimbabwe, I spent 5 more days in Jordan. This time my visit included some adventurous & historic sightseeing tours. During this time,I realized that Jordan has a lot more to offer than its capital city Amman and its delicious food. Dana Nature Reserve, Petra and Wadi Rum were among the remarkable places I visited.
(If you are looking for more adventure then you should also consider visiting Jerash, Aqaba, Dead Sea, Madaba)
I was truly amazed by Wadi Rum, so I will mainly talk about my experience in this magnificent “wadi” (valley). However it would be unfair not to mention Petra…Here is a short overview of Petra.
The Rose City – PETRA
“Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed.” Visit Jordan
A lot has been written about the famous Petra. It acts as a symbol for Jordan. Petra is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites and it is among the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Petra is situated between Red Sea and Dead Sea. It is approximately 3 hours drive away from Amman.
On your way to Petra, you can stop by Dana – a “bird’s nest-like mountain village in the fascinating nature reserve”. In Dana, spend some time in the small shop selling local products such as herbs, olive oil, fruit, soap, as well as jewelry, textiles, gifts and other home-made items mainly produced by women residing in Dana or nearby villages.
Next stop: Petra!
On your visit to Petra (especially if you are visiting during summer) be prepared for a long, hot but beautiful walk. Have your hat, and water bottle. And of course your camera! The colors and the rock formations are fascinating…
To read more about Petra – http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/326
The Valley of the Moon – WADI RUM
Wadi Rum is located in Southern Jordan. Around 100km from Petra. It is highly recommended to stay overnight in one of the bedouin camps in Wadi Rum.
The night I spent in Wadi Rum was unforgettable! It was my first time in a desert. First time doing desert jeep safari during sunset! First time sleeping in the desert! And I can assure you, it won’t be the last! 🙂
We stayed in Captain’s Desert Camp – an exceptional place to stay with very welcoming and terrific staff.
Here are some photos for you to enjoy…
As you can see from the photos, after a long day in the desert and after a nice meal, drinking tea is a common way to relax and end the day in Jordan. The most popular drink is green tea with mint. Very very sweet! 🙂 but delicious. Our tea was specially prepared by Shaaban, whom we learned was actually famous 😉 The way tea is served in Jordan is very similar to Turkey where we use tiny glasses without handles.
To note: that night in Wadi Rum, I also tasted Arabic coffee – The arabic coffee is brewed with cardamom. Although the way Arabic coffee is served is very similar to Turkish coffee, still the taste is very different. Arabic coffee had this strong taste due to cardamom. Just like tea, the portions of coffee are small.