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Ma'an Governorate, Jordan
Worth the 800 steps (though watch out for the mules), the Monastery is impressive even among the many ruins in Petra.
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Wadi Musa, Nawafleh Av., وادي موسى، Jordan
Once an ancient village, now the perfect hotel to stay while visiting Petra—
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Ma'an Governorate, Jordan
Petra Jordan is one of those places that you have to put on any bucket list. I went a decade ago and then dragged my husband there last year because "you can't miss this one" I told him. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade fans will recognize the...
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Jordan
Dark-haired, dark-eyed, dark-skinned men ride horses up and down the path that leads to Petra‘s Siq, the mile-long entrance to the ancient city. I walk the stretch of the archeological park, clambering up hills and and rocks for better views of...
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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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Ma'an Governorate, Jordan
At the other end of Petra, some 800 well-worn steps up, lies the valley's largest structure, the Monastery. It dates back to the 1st century and is dedicated to Obadas I, the king of the Nabataeans from 96 B.C.E. to 85 B.C.E. After the emotional...
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Jordan
Cushions and rugs made the all-day shade of a cleft in the encircling rock very alluring. After all, when we arrived at the Ammarin Bedouin Camp, the day's earth-blanching heat was at its zenith and we had completed a long sweltering drive. We...
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Take in views of a hot spring–fed waterfall, a dramatic ravine, and the Dead Sea from a resort that sits more than 800 feet below sea level. A cliff-top outdoor restaurant serves organic greens from the garden. Evason Ma’In, (800) 591-7480, from...
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Near to Lawrance House, Rum Valley, Wadi Rumm, Wadi Rum, Aqaba Province , Wadi Rum Natural Reserve, Jordan
My wife and I travel to a new place every year. We alternate years deciding where we go. 2012 was my year to choose, and I picked Jordan. When I told my wife, "We're going to Jordan and Lebanon." She said, "Ok? It's your pick." We flew into Amman...
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Disi, Aqaba, Wadi Rum, Jordan
After a day long trek down to Petra from Amman, my friends and I made an impromptu decision to spend the night in a Bedouin camp in the Wadi Rum desert. A weeknight - the camp was deserted, except for us. We sat under the stars with the Bedouins,...
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Levant

A route created by local guide Yamaan Safady ensures that hikers arrive at Petra the way pre-Christian-era travelers did: out of virgin desert, no tour buses in sight. The six-day, 50-mile “back door” route begins in the Dana Biosphere Reserve; at...