Jordan is a Middle Eastern country that is full of rich culture and heritage. It’s most famous for being near the Dead Sea, also known as the saltiest sea in the world!
Despite being bordered by Israel, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, Jordan itself is one of the most peaceful countries in the Middle East. It is relatively more liberal and modern even as it keeps to heart its history and tradition.
Jordan is a dream country to visit if you are a person who appreciates beautiful landscapes and can appreciate the vast desert. It is a country teeming with historical landmarks and modern escapes. When Victor and I visited Jordan, we were able to do several things that were just so memorable. Jordan is an adventure unlike any other, and I highly recommend you do the following to get the most out of your stay.
Revitalize yourself at the Dead Sea.
The Dead Sea is one of the main draws of Jordan. You’ll see so many posts of people floating rather easily on the water, thanks to the high salt content. It’s said that the minerals found in the Dead Sea have a lot of healing properties that help your body recover.
My top is to apply a mud mask that is found abundantly there. Once dry, wash it off and go for a float that is better than any spa treatment.
Take a tour of the Lost City of Petra.
Going on this tour will give you a glimpse of this magnificent lost city, which looks straight out of a history book! The city of Petra was carved into the cliffs that make up this area. It used to be a trading center and a central city in ancient times.
Petra is wonderful to see by the sunrise, or at night when the desert is calm.
Watch the sunset and have a traditional Jordanian meal, Mansef, in the Wadi Rum desert.
You have an option of including a trip to Wadi Rum with your tour of Petra. When you take a tour, you’ll also be treated to traditional Jordanian meals, which will really make your stay feel more authentic. The real magic, though, happens at night, when you will be treated to a skyscape full of stars!
You can just sit for hours after dinner with your face turned towards the twinkling sky. It’s truly an experience unlike any other. If you can book a tour that allows you to stay overnight, then do it. It makes you feel even more immersed.
Take a day to explore Wadi Mujib.
I wasn’t able to do this on my last trip, but I hope to do this in October when I fly back to enjoy and explore Jordan some more. Wadi Mujib, which is “almost certainly” known in the Hebrew Bible as River Arnon, is a river in Jordan which enters the Dead Sea 420 meters below sea level. If you have the time, you can take a trip to hike up the trail. What you will find is breathtaking nature that is almost untouched. Waterfalls, rivers, and canyons will be along your path as you move from sea to desert. It’s a great adventure for anyone who loves to include hiking in their vacation plans, as it gives you the best way to see this place.
Stock up on Dead Sea products.
They make great pasalubongs. Dead Sea products help you bring home a bit of that healing power and energy that the Dead Sea is known for. The sea salt scrub and mud masks are all-natural products that help you retain your skin’s health.
You can also buy some face creams and cosmetics, all infused with dead sea ingredients. I bought my stash at Al Rama Handicraft Center, but you can definitely find more in Jordan.
Tip: It’s much easier to get a visa into Jordan if you go through a travel agency. I used JUDI Travel & Tourism. Otherwise, it’ll take you anywhere from one to three months to get one. I do hope you make plans to visit Jordan and see what it has to offer! It’s a great place to go if you’re already visiting neighboring countries.