My little trip around the world continues...
Solo traveling again, so much things I have explored there in just 4 full days .. from Amman, Ajlune castle, Mt Nebo, Jerash, Madaba, Dead Sea, Wadi Mujib, little Petra, Petra, Wadi Rum and finally Aqaba...
Jordan was amazing. The people are amazing, landscape is astonishing, the history is amazing with its biblical times that gives such importance to the region and they have great food !
I had a driver I hired for my stay as I did not want to waste time driving and not being able to relax in between my trip. He was also acting as a Guide in some places..
The Jordan pass is a good thing to have, take it ahead or at the airport it’s the same thing, I took the 70JAD.
Loved visiting Jordan. Jordan is a country of settlers and refugees as many persons moved in here from neighboring states;
Bearing in mind its location, the country is pretty peaceful (mostly known for the ancient Nabataean city of Petra which was carved out of rock over 2000 years ago and is one of the Seven Wonders of the World).
It’s really a nice country, locals are very welcoming and easy going, super weather (too hot) , great environment, clean overall but too many bottles and plastic trash around. It is a safe to visit and there are many things to discover !! It exceeded my expectations ...
- The beauty of one of the Seven Wonders of the World is Magic .... -
I started my trip with Amman city and went to as well the Citadel giving an extraordinary view of Amman (previously called Philadelphia and Rabbath-Ammon. I saw the Roman theatre and listen to great history from local guide.
Following this i went to Jerash (Jerasa), Ajlune Castle and to St. George Church in Madaba with its famous mosaic map. Got up to Mt. Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land (as they say), viewing the Jordan Valley .
Went again to the Dead Sea , the lowest point on the earth’s surface and floated in the salty waters and try out a lil bit of the famous healing mud. Last time was when I went to Israel..
Had some craziest fun at the Wadi Mujib Canyon to explore hidden gorges, rappel, jump and slide down waterfalls. I hike, climb and swim through the breathtaking sandstone canyons. Had my swimsuit on, but did not realize where i was going ...
Got all my body and hair in the water which was not part of the plan, slipped and fell few times and drawn myself one or twice, so much water pressure. Actually I did not know what I sign up for when I decided to go there lol. But it was Awesome! Lost my pants there... destroyed.
Next day : Petra - My hotel was 50meters away from the Petra entrance , So I had it all to be ready early for my all day hike ;) The city is carved out of these massive towering boulders that occupy several complexes.
At 07.00 AM I went to the visitor center to get a stamp of my Jordan Pass, and ordered a Guide as well, as I thought it would be useful. [50USD if I remember]. So happy to get to explore Petra, one of the seven world wonders, a magnificent site and ready for this epic journey. I entered through the gate, by passing by what is called a Siq , highlighting the way in which water was harvested and channeled throughout the city, the Siq opens up to massive monument called the Treasury. I got there at 8:15 am or less, not too many tourists were around (compared to on my way back where it was even difficult to walk !!! due to the crowd). So I entered by Siq and visited the Treasury, followed by Street of Facades, Theater, Colonnaded Street , the church.. all the way to climbing 1000 steps to view the Monastery – the largest of Petra’s carved constructions and an amazing sight of a building. The symmetry of the structure built at a time when engineering was not what it is today, is a sight to witness and the views from on top of the mountain of the surrounding landscape were waaouhhh. So to the top of the Monastery it is a lot of climbing but definitely worth the views! I was dead. Literally... walking for hours under 38degrees..
Right after Petra when I got back to the main entrance around 1pm.
I started my mid-day to Wadi Rum. Had a jeep tour and walk, hike (a little not as expected due to my headache) around the desert, under the crazy sun and heat that was killing. So I stayed overnight in a tent and had an amazing Dinner at authentic Khalid Campsite. Magic ! Magic ! Magic ! Can’t imagine the beauty of all the stars in the sky shinning so well ! BEAUTIFUL
I did not sleep much as I got sick from the sun (insolation) and catch a cold from the air condition in my previous hotel room #damn it 🤦🏾♀️🤕
It was a nice tent, Bedouins were super cool and my stay was definitely a good experience. It is cold or let’s say fresh at night in the desert, this you need to know!
In the morning around 7:30 I had a breakfast, admiring the great view, talking to other groups guests and having fun. Then I got my driver to pick me up back to the city to be on my way to Aqaba for the final stay and relaxing moment before getting straight back to work the next morning ;)
In Aqaba I checked in at Bernice Beach for entrance and lunch. They had many water activities options to enjoy there but I was super super exhausted, I just did a nice boat tour and went back to the beach and pool to chill, eat and drink. It was just too hot for me to make a single move! Temperature was reaching 38degrees.
Around 6pm we started driving back to the airport for my late flight... and that was the End of my magic 4 days in Jordan !!
Places I Visited
Little Petra & Petra
Places to Visit
and much more to do if you have more time of course
My trip plan
In my trip plan its the budget that I allow for me, but as you can see i checked in 4* Hotels so I guess it is possible to spend less...
In some sites like Petra it makes sense to have a local guide in extra to understand the history.
You may get people following you and starting to explain things, ask them straight away if they are guide because if not you will have to pay them anyway ...
Also note that in Petra and also many other areas they are a LOT of flies it is really bad and annoying so take a scarf with you. Same thing in Petra they may be pushy, just ignore and say clearly NO, don't say "later" or "maybe" as it is considered like a "promise!".