Week Eight In my 52-week adventures in my crazy 52 countries, I was taken to the Middle East Jedum, the cheapest flight from Budapest. Now don’t get me wrong, I love European cities, but after two months of churches, castles and old cities, I was happy that I moved to a completely different place in the first part of my big trip.
Seeing pictures of Petra’s amazing ruins on Instagram, Jordan jumped on my bucket list a few years ago, but since it is notoriously expensive to go to, and purses are never easy, I was not there yet. Make it there now. But now after spending a week searching the whole country, I can say with certainty that it is not worth it!
Here are five reasons why you need to visit Jordan and where you should go, and how to get there once you get there.
The Jordanians were some of the most welcoming people I have ever met. After experiencing the madness of spirits in Morocco and the markets in Istanbul, where women are dragged into shops and called (“Spicy Girls! Lady Gaga! * Insert other Western celebrities here!”), I was fully prepared for that in Jordan too – it was unnecessary!
Although the shopkeepers are still supporting your business, I found that shopping in Jordan is far more pleasant to do in both Morocco and Turkey. I’ve never been left out, most shoppers say a polite “hello”, maybe show you some features and then leave you to browse for a while, and while there were people who The cities were roaming in Oman, I never felt that way. I was being targeted or pressured.
The taxi drivers I had were all very friendly (including a female driver who picked us up from the airport, a pleasant surprise to start our journey!), The waiters were always happy to help translate the menu, and There was a group of schoolgirls in Ajlon Castle who wanted to be selfies with us just because we were looking different, and then they gave my friend a happy birthday! Beautiful people, beautiful moments.
2. The ancient ruins of Jordan
Apart from people and food, the obvious next reason to visit Jordan is due to the incredible ancient ruins in which he is home.
Pack’s clear guide to Jordan’s must-see landscape is the magically ancient city of Petra, one of the world’s new wonders. The city is more than 2000 years old, discovered in 1812 by a Swiss explorer disguised as an Arab scholar, and now attracts about a million tourists every year.
The most well-known part of Petra is the treasure trove, which was introduced in Indiana Jones in 1989 and the last Crusade and is now a major tourist attraction throughout the Middle East region. It is, in fact, the king’s tomb from the first century, and you can see (and fail to find) bullet holes in the facade of the tribesmen who attacked the building hundreds of years ago.
Another valuable site to visit in Petra is the monastery, though this track is not for the faint-hearted. You will need to climb 800 rugged cliffs to reach the monastery, which can be tough in the heat of summer (I went in August, I would not recommend), but you can get a closer look at this magnificent tomb of the 3rd century BC. Will be awarded It’s similar to the Treasury, but it’s even bigger, measuring 50m wide and 45m high.
And thanks to some very different but very impressive ruins, it is able to go to the Roman ruins of Jirash just north of Oman. These ruins are some of the most preserved ruins I have ever seen, and a colonial main street that still has real stone found so you can see where the chariot used to be.
My stomach is just thinking of Jordanian foods. Local dishes are very similar to other countries in the region, with meat plates, hearty dishes, endless falafel and sugar-soaked desserts in prominent restaurant menus.
The local hospitality goes to the restaurant, where they serve great food that you probably can’t eat without getting into the dining room. If small plates are an option, it’s best to avoid ordering some of them, or if you are traveling in a group, order as much as you want, and wait a few hours. With this, you should cover some of the profound goodwill benefits of wrapping up postpartum food.
Although Jordan is an expensive country overall, if you are on a budget you can definitely stay away from beatings, falafel and hummus if you (like I did). I would recommend checking out Hashim in downtown Amman, the city’s most liked and cheapest falafel eatery.
4. Natural Landscapes
Jordan is not only thanks to beautiful humans, its landscapes and natural wonders are present in this country with ruins of the best things to see.
The Rim Valley looks like any other planet, so much so that it remained a movie destination for Martin, Transformers movie and Star Wars among others. It is home to large red sand dunes, large limestone cliffs, and Bedouin tribes that make it a beautiful campsite for travelers to experience a night out in the desert.
If you need speed you should find a place on a 4WD safari, where you will hit the dunes in the back of a 4WD jeep hard and fast, or take a camel ride to see the desert. Will choose. In a more calm environment, note that only one person should be taken in the camel, passengers should not exceed 90kg, and please report any animal abuse to suppliers or local authorities.
Want to get wet? Jordan is a country bordering the Dead Sea, Salt Lake (yes, the name is ambiguous) where the coast is the lowest place on dry land, 432 meters below sea level. The salinity of the Dead Sea is 33.7% (compared to the ocean’s lost 3.5 to), which means that the human body cannot literally sink and sit on top of the water alone. It’s a crazy thrill, to believe that you need to try it yourself!
For another underwater adventure where you can actually go underwater, head to Aqaba and dive into the Pacific Ocean. In the Pacific, coral reefs, whale sharks, turtles and many other friends are friends, as well as some incredible debris.
Jordan is, in fact, one of the safest countries in the Middle East and the 40th safest country in the world, according to Safeout.com.
The borders with Syria and Iraq are particularly dangerous, but the rest of the country is seen as a relatively safe haven in the region, often known globally because of its instability. ۔ If you want to get a taste of the Middle East but are curious about the political and security issues that unfortunately overwhelm many other countries in the region, Jordan is indeed a great choice for you and In my personal experience it was completely safe. Even for female travelers.
* Disclosure on lonely women’s safety: While I personally did not have any problems as a girl traveling to Jordan, it is important that solo women in some sightseeing destinations like Petra present passenger harassment. Have come. Most of the attention you get from locals (and if you look different, you’ll notice) is completely harmless and is not intended to be malicious, but if you find yourself If you feel touched, caught or followed, it is best to avoid contact, say or scream alone ‘and go to an area with police and / or other tourists.
How to get around Jordan
The best way to find Jordan is to jump on a small group tour. Not only will you get a thorough guide on local history, culture, activities and needs, you will find the safety and security of your journey with pre-organized, you will be exposed to language barriers. No need to cope. , And you’ll be wandering around with a bunch of travel buddies.
If a tour is not your thing, the other option is to hire a car or hire a private driver, as public transport in Jordan is extremely limited. Daily car rentals start at £ 40 but you’ll need to be prepared to understand local traffic laws and deal with language barriers, and private drivers will refund you at least £ 70 per day.
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