The Hashemite Kingdom holds some of the great mysteries of the Holy Land -- and some pretty good deals, too. The ancient Nabatean city of Petra is one of those proverbial places to see before you die.

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As the Dead Sea shrinks, Jordan fights to win back tourists

VisitJordan.com The mineral-rich, super salty waters of the Dead Sea - unusually warm and incredibly buoyant - have attracted visitors since antiquity, and in recent years have become one of the Hashemite Kingdom's top tourism draws. But largely due to diversion and damming, lately the sea's water level has been dropping by one meter per year, contibuting to a drop in national tourism revenue of 76 percent between 2019 and 2020. But rather than address the problems of the Dead Sea, it looks…

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Beyond Petra: 5 dramatic desert treasures of Jordan

 Israel’s neighbour Jordan is home to some the most fascinating excursions from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. Top of the list for many, of course, is Petra, the jawdropping, 2nd-century city hewn out of living rock, and nearby Wadi Rum, a mix of dramatic natural scenery and more ancient historic sites. But many visitors tend to overlook several sites in the kingdom which are just as important and nearly as dramatic as Petra, best done in a two- or three-day itinerary out of capital Amman (a short…

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Beyond Petra: 5 dramatic desert treasures of Jordan

 Israel’s neighbour Jordan is home to some the most fascinating excursions from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. Top of the list for many, of course, is Petra, the jawdropping, 2nd-century city hewn out of living rock, and nearby Wadi Rum, a mix of dramatic natural scenery and more ancient historic sites. But many visitors tend to overlook several sites in the kingdom which are just as important and nearly as dramatic as Petra, best done in a two- or three-day itinerary out of capital Amman (a short…

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News from Petra, Jordan's jawdropping jewel

Pretty big news in the archaeology world recently, and it has to do with this legendary site tucked into the sandstone canyons of a valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba – one of those places, in fact, you could almost believe was invented as a set for an exotic Indiana Jones movie. While Petra did in fact make a key and dramatic appearance in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, this is no film set. Instead, this fabled UNESCO World Heritage Site is a city hewn out of the living…

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  • Expedia does its usual bang-up job of summarizing the allures of Jordan in this video: https://youtu.be/_EkO2ofPOXg
  • As-Salt, an ancient, relatively small city northwest of Jordan's capital Amman, where minarets and church towers share the skyline, was added by UNESCO in 2021, Interestingly, it was not so much for those mosques and churches per se, nor its unique architectural style, Ottoman mansions, Roman tombs, Ayyubid citadel, and Islamic shrines, but rather as a "place of tolerance and urban hospitality" - qualities more sorely needed in today's world than ever before. BBC Travel published an article about As-Salt just over a month ago - a fascinating read, indeed: https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20211213-as-salt-the-middle-east...
    As-Salt: The Middle East's city of tolerance and generosity
    This small Jordanian city where minarets and church towers share the skyline was deemed a "place of tolerance and urban hospitality" by Unesco.
  • Is there a place online, where I can find a reliable car+driver to take one from the border crossing at Eilat to Petra? I am contemplating going into Jordan from Eilat. The other option is to cross from King Hussain Bridge. But I understand there is no visa on arrival on that bridge ? Also what are the approximate costs for a taxi ?

    Thanks

  • Beyond Petra - now in our blog, a good overview of Jordan's allures.

  • Petra isn't the only worthy site to visit in this hospitable country. I'm just back ten days ago, still reeling from all the history buried in Syira and Jordan. No political problems while we were there. Spend a night in a Bedouin tent in the desert of Wadi Rum if you can. Nothing quite like it. Sad, though, to hear of the latest in Syria.
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    Syria and Jordan - Safe?
    Any advice about going to Syria and Jordan a month from now?
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  • Unfortunately most of us live in a "been there done that" culture rushing from one place to the other. As Sarah mentions, the ones that are difficult to get to are amazing indeed!
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