We are back for another entry for our beloved series, the Follow Me and I'll Show You _______ posts. This time we will explore Jordan, a country that is well-known for its majestic ruin (Petra) and the beautiful red desert (Wadi Rum). How beautiful? Well, you will have to see it for yourself. Come, follow me and I'll show you Jordan!
Jerash is a little city just 2 hours north of Amman. It can easily be accessed via public transport. In the city, there is an important Roman ruins. Me and a couple of people I met at the hostel spent 2 - 3 hours walking around the site.
This is one of the many Amphitheatres around the site. The condition of the ruins are surprisingly well maintained. Jerash is definitely worth a day trip, although I don't think you need to stay one night here. There is not much going on except the ruins.
We went straight to Petra the next day as that was what everyone was in Jordan for. Nothing could capture my face the moment I saw the Treassury through the Siq.
To get away from all the tourists (there were not a lot anyway), we decided to tackle the first hike we saw, the High Place of Sacrifice.
The hike was around 45 - 60 minutes including the time we got lost. Once at the top, we were able to see a 360 view of the whole Petra area with the town, Wadi Musa as a backdrop.
After the hike, we decided to continue on to the next one, the hike to the Monastery. Along the way, we were able to observe the changes in landscapes from smooth rocks to a more jagged formation.
From one mountain to another, all the hikes in this area will mesmerize you at every turn.
Half way between 2 trails, we ran out of water and we had to restock at the only restaurant in the area. A bottle of water costed by 3JD.. that's 5 USD per bottle. It was crazy, but we were dying so it was better than nothing.
From the restaurant, it was another 45 minutes hike up steep stairs to this monastery. The monastery was tucked away neatly in between the desert mountains.
Most people stayed at the Monastery. For us, we decided to go up a little further to the so-called "highhest point in Petra".
And there I was at the top of the world!
The view from the other side of the mountain could not be more different. Instead of a flat desert land you come to expect, it was full of sharp cliffs and rugged landscape. No wonder why the Nabateans built their sacred sites in here.
We came down the same way and ended the day feeling very productive and accomplished. We were hitting the ground running when we arrived in the morning and we did 2 hikes straight away.
The next morning, we discovered that we forgot to do one of the best trail in the area, the one that led to a view point overlooking the Treassury. We decided to do the hike in the morning before we set off to Aqaba.
This was me facing the Red Sea that separated 3 countries, Egypt, Israel and Jordan.
Sharhabil Bin Hassneh EcoPark
After hiking in Petra, we decided to rest for a few days and went camping in one of the few EcoPark north of Amman. The government is trying to turn this EcoPark into an adventure park with slingshots being built and other extreme sports. We even helped them build fences in exchange for a free lunch. :)
Can you believe that we were in the middle of a desert?
This was me floating in the Dead Sea unable to sink and feeling weirdly satisfied because of it.
This is what happen to your skin color when you have been hiking for 3 days straight in Petra. :)
I finally had the time to explore the capital city of Jordan, Amman. The city's attractions are mostly in walking distance from Downtown. My favorite place was the Citadel hill.
From the hill, you can peacefully observe the busy city from the top. It was also the perfect place to watch the sunset.
This was the last photo I took of myself before leaving Jordan. Goodbye Jordan. Until we meet again.
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Further Reading for Jordan
I hope you found this travel guide useful. I have a ton more written about Jordan and if you are interested to read more, here are a few more travel guides about Jordan:
- Amma is a great place to start your journey in Jordan. Here’s a quick guide on how to spend 3 days in Amman and its surrounding tourist attractions.
- While in Amman, be sure to do a day trip and visit Jerash. Here’s a guide on how to travel to Jerash from Amman on a public transport.
- Petra is among the most popular attractions not just in Jordan but the entire world, and for good reasons. Here’s how to spend 2 days in Petra.
- Petra is also a prime place for hiking. You will be able to see the Treasury from a perspective not many seen. Here’s a complete one-day hiking guide for Petra.
- You can also watch my Jordan travel video here: Adventure in Jordan.
- To see all articles about Jordan, visit Jordan Travel Guide page.
- Looking for more travel guides for the Middle East? You can find more on my Middle East Travel Guide page.
- For more of my travel guides, visit my Destinations page.
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