JORDAN is beautiful! Its nature, history, people… For me visiting it was an experience I will remember forever. I will show you now why Jordan should be your next adventure destination.
There are so many things to see there, though I had as much time to go and see Mount Nebo, river Jordan , Dead sea, and of course lovely Petra. At the end of the post I added two more interesting sites, which can be added to your Jordan travel list.
Where, when, how?
I landed to its capital’s airport,Amman, and getting suitcases took a bit long since airport was quite old-fashioned. My friends and I got the visa at the airport (check if your nationality need visa), and as soon as we passed the customs we got a rent-a-car, which we booked prior the trip.
And so we took off for new adventures…
I must stress here, that we were three girls traveling alone, and we had no problems because of that. Though, naturally you need to take care and be careful not to believe everyone naively.
I was there in the beginning of June and it was already very very hot, so the best timing to go there is in the spring and autumn. Avoid summer months :-)!
Baptism site – River Jordan
Our adventure started by first visiting the place called Al-Maghtas, where according to the pilgrimage sites and UNESCO’s World Heritage nomination, Jesus Christ got baptized by John the Baptist. The whole site was very calm, quiet and full of history and holiness, mainly with ruins of churches… While standing there, I was thinking to myself how the actual baptism was happening many centuries ago and how we were now standing there at this place. This is definitely MUST VISIT site when visiting the Jordan river in the Dead Sea region.
River Jordan is very important in history and religion for both Jews and Christians. For Jews it is significant because they were crossing Jordan to reach the “Promised land” after the years of wondering in the desert. And for Christians it is important as mentioned that Jesus was baptized near by. (Source: http://www.seetheholyland.net/jordan-river/).
River’s source originates in the Dead Sea, and there are borders on the north and West bank on the south. We went a bit down to the river and reached actually the border control with Israel. This was the only bit scary moment for us, knowing we were near armed men.
Sacred place – Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo is a 1,000m (3,300ft) high mountain opposite the northern end of the Dead Sea. According to ancient tradition, this is the mountain from which Moses saw the “Promised land” before he died. And it really does offer breathtaking views of Israel and Palestine. There is a modern sculpture on the summit, made by an Italian artist with words:
“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up.”
After seeing these two sites, we took off, driving through the desert toward Petra. I will have my next post devoted to it only. We took a long way by accident, and ended up driving at night – which was not so easy for us I must say. Nothing was around us… Villages were divided with big distances and we were in the middle of the desert. Just scary like in movies…
We were even stopped by border control checkpoint – which we didn’t know what was at first. I was driving so I got afraid that I was speeding or something. Bu the officers were very polite, wishing us welcome to Jordan (Marhaba) and we continued driving our way to Petra.
After seeing Petra and spending a day there, we headed toward the Dead sea, as we booked a night in a 5-star hotel Movenpick Resort and spa. The hotel was absolutely amazing, with all the swimming pools, interesting architectural design and entrance to Dead sea. I loved it, and wished we stayed longer than one night only.
Dead sea is actually a lake, bordering Jordan, Israel and Palestine. The lowest point on earth (304 m deep) and so being the deepest hyper-saline lake in the world. It is actually 9.6 times as salty as the ocean. Due to it density, that is why you actually can not swim but float in it. It was so funny, we were having so much fun there, putting the mud from the dead sea to our bodies, as we heard it is very good for the skin. I also bought some face masks at the hotel (or there are also at the airport) which lasted to me forever – it can be a good souvenir when you go home.
And so our adventure of four days ended but with so much treasure in our minds. We were inspired, thrilled, relaxed and amazed by it all. I certainly recommend all these sites if you ever go to Jordan, and in my next post I will share more from Petra. Plus, here I am adding two more interesting places in Jordan worth visiting.
Bonus more to see : Wadi Rum and Aqaba
I haven’t visited this two sites, but heard about them and for sure in life would go to see them.
Wadi Rum is a desert valley in south of Jordan near Aqaba – resort on the Red sea. Some scenes from several movies like “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Red planet”, “Transformers- Revenge of the Fallen”, “Prometheus”, “The Martian”, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and some more… were shot right there. This place attract many tourists and particularly trekkers, rock climbers and those interested in camel and horse safari. There are some camping retreats and one of the best activities as I heard is camping under the stars.
Aqaba a perfect spot for sea and scuba diving lovers. It is very close to Wadi Rum and Petra to explore.
Hope you enjoyed, star tuned…
Your Classy Explorer