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12 Reasons We Love Jordan

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Let's face it. Most people come for Petra and Wadi Rum. But Jordan has plenty of surprises up its sleeves, including empty hiking trails, Red Sea diving, foodie experiences, and a mind-boggling array of castles, ruins, and archaeological sites. This easygoing nation makes it simple to cram a lot into one journey, and its small size means you can swing between historical ruins and sprawling desert scenery on even the quickest trip.
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Jordan
As is often the case with travel expectations, there’s so much more to a site than what we can see in the confines of a screen or read in black and white letters on a page. Often the real place is a shock of depth, colors and aromas, and the way...
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To be honest, the Middle Eastern country of Jordan has a lot of "wow" moments. Among all of them, though, one of my favorite experiences was walking through the massive desert known as Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum has been inhabited by Bedouins for...
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Dead Sea, Jordan
I had no clue about the Dead Sea until I started planning my trip to Jordan. I got to the Dead Sea and learned that it is the lowest point on Earth and a source of natural salts! What I found fascinating is that nothing can survive in the Dead Sea...
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Abu Al-Alaa Al-Maari St., Amman, Jordan
There's more to Jordan's food than falafel and shwarma (though those are pretty great). The national cuisine is classically Arab with plenty of mezze (small plates made for sharing) and kebabs, but with a few Jordanian specialties as well. A zarb...
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65, Jordan
This community tourism program, based in the small village of Ghor al-Mazra'a in the Dead Sea region, provides a rare opportunity to experience local village life. Tours here (booking in advance is essential) combine cooking, crafts, and even...
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Al-Hammamat Al-Tunisyya Street، Aqaba 77110, Jordan
The Red Sea near Aqaba has a host of places to dive, for all levels. I was most taken by diving around a shipwreck. It was eerie to see such a foreign object suspended in space and slowly being taken over by sea life. There are several ships you...
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Basman, Amman, Jordan
Tea is the centerpiece of Jordanian culture. I’m in awe of how Jordanians drink tea. Like coffee, tea is served in tiny glasses. The glasses normally don’t have a handle, which makes it difficult to hold when hot. You become really good at holding...
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Jerash, Jordan
One of the best-preserved Greco-Roman sites in the world, Jerash allows the pomp and ceremony of the ancient world to come alive. Although founded during the Hellenistic era, it's the monuments of Jerash's glory days under Roman rule that have...
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From the Feynan Ecolodge website: Hailed as one of the top fifty ecolodges in the world by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, the solar powered Feynan Ecolodge offers the most developed eco-experience in Jordan; an experience made possible by...
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Al Yarmuk St., Madaba, Jordan
They don't call Madaba the "mosaic city" for nothing. This small, relaxed town's heyday came in the Byzantine era when it prospered and became an important center of Byzantine art. Today, this heritage is everywhere you look, from the historic...
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35, Jordan
Jordan's greatest road trip has tons of historic sites to check out along the way, but a major highlight is the scenery. This road winds along the ridge of the Great Rift Valley, dipping and diving across the barren hills that roll down to the...
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Arar St 128-148, Amman, Jordan
While Jordan—and the Middle East in general—isn't widely known for wines, Zumot Winery & Vineyards is a legend in the industry. Not only do Omar Zumot and his staff create delicious Saint George-label wines from a variety of grapes, they do it in...