For many people, Jordan begins and ends with the magical city of ancient Nabataean Petra. And it is true, Petra is certainly one of the most spectacular in the Middle East, essential sights, Machu Picchu or struggling with Angkor Wat for the title of world’s most spectacular ‘Lost City’.
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However, there is much more to see in Jordan – ruined Roman cities, Crusader castles, desert citadels and powerful biblical sites: the stream, where Jesus was baptized, the fortress where Herod beheaded John the Baptist and the top of the mountain where Moses the Promised Land view. Biblical scenes are not just a thing of the past in Jordan, you’ll see a lot of men dressed in full robes and leading herds of cattle across the desert forever. But not all crusty ruins. The Jordanian capital Amman is a modern, culturally diverse Arab, which is light years away from the clichés typical Middle Eastern exoticism. The country also offers some of the wildest adventures in the region, and a varied background ranging from red desert sands of Wadi Rum the brilliant blue of the Gulf of Aqaba coral filled, from palm-fringed boulevards rich in the Dead Sea, lifeless. Ultimately, it is the sensual delights of everyday life in the Middle East that will love you longer after returning home, the bittersweet taste of cardamom coffee or the smell of a rich aroma nargileh (water pipe), the heady whirlwind Arabic pop sliding threshold from Amman and the deafening silence of the desert.
Jordanians are proud and passionate people and the country really welcomes visitors with open arms. Despite being trapped in the hot spots of Iraq Arabia, Arabia and Israel and the Palestinian territories, Jordan is probably the safest and most stable country in the region. Regardless of your nationality, you will be greeted with nothing but courtesy and hospitality in this gem of a country.