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  • Athina Ntoka

Jordan: The Jewel of Middle East


Jordan is the jewel of Middle East. It’s surrounded by chaos but has remained a neutral destination making so difficult to imagine the conflict that is happening outside its borders.

Leaving this out of mind, from the very first moment you visit Jordan, local people welcome you with a very warm smile and their friendliness.

When I decided to visit Jordan, I was aware of the lack of time. So, my company and I, decided to visit only Petra and Wadi Rum.

As soon as we landed, we drove directly to Petra. The next morning we started walking to the great ancient city.

Petra is one of those places that lives up to the hype. The momentous buildings are built into high cliffs. Petra takes your breath away as you step into the Treassury square after 2 km walk through the deep narrow gorge of the Siq.

Dating back more than 2000 years, Petra was an important part of the Silk Route to China and India but was abandoned at some time around the 12th century.

It was only known to locals for hundreds of years until it was rediscovered by the West in 1812.

This legendary setting is so beautiful, Hollywood has since come a-knockin' using Petra for filming locations in movies such as Transformers and Indian Jones.

Tip: Make sure to arrive early to beat the tour bus crowds and don't forget to venture up to the Monastery for a magnificent view of the end of the world.

When we finished our visit to Petra, we drove back to Aqaba. The next morning, we drove to the entrance of Wadi Rum.

Wadi Rum is an incredible desert valley filled with narrow gorges, towering cliffs and natural stone arches.

It's home of the Bedouins where the human race has inhabited this land for nearly 12,000 years. Additionally, T.E. Lawrence began his journey through the Arabian desert here. He is so linked to Wadi Rum, that the beautiful rock formation known as the Seven Pillars of Wisdom was named after his autobiography.

As it was everywhere in Jordan, the landscape of Wadi Rum was astounding.

Our driver told us to rap on the truck's roof whenever we wanted to stop for a photograph and we ended giving our knuckles quite the workout. We constantly wanted to take a closer look or picture at every turn.

One of the most outstanding places, is the famous Rock Bridge of Wadi Rum.

This is the photograph that everyone wants to get. Overrun with tourists when we first arrived, we patiently waited for the group to finish up before making a run for our own shots. We had exactly 10 minutes to grab our pictures before the next wave of tourists came through.

And I am happy to say that we accomplished our mission.

Tips:
- Make sure that you will pre-buy the Jordanian pass. You will avoid queues not only to Petra but also to Wadi Rum.
- Make sure that you will have organized your visit to Wadi Rum. Pre-rent the jeep and the driver and make sure that you will visit the hot spots of this amazing dessert.
- Don’t miss the sunset.
- You don’t need to have visa on your passport.
Enjoy....
*All photos featured are taken by me

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