Diversity of Jordan

  • Bedouin tent camp, Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Vast Deserts, Ancient Artistry, Infinity Pools

    In these troubled times, it’s good to remember that there are countries in the Middle East with warm, welcoming people and compelling experiences for travelers. Jordan is such a place. It has Petra, the ancient city carved of rose-colored sandstone, but also wetland preserves, eco-lodges, castles and spa resorts. Adventurers can ride camels across the boundless Wadi Rum, then sleep in a Bedouin camp like the one above. Through all of Jordan, its rich and ancient cultures prevail.

    Photo courtesy of Christine Loomis

  • Temple of Hercules at the Citadel in Amman, Jordan

    Once the Roman Province of Arabia

    Like Rome, Amman was built on seven hills. The Citadel rises on the first hill, a site with Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic ruins. At the top stands the Temple of Hercules and what remains of the towering statue of the ancient hero, his colossal fallen hand. 

    Photo courtesy of Christine Loomis

  • Qasr A-Kharrana, Jordan

    Castles in the Sand

    One of the so-called castles of the eastern desert, Qasr A-Kharrana is a gloriously imposing structure visible for miles across a stony, forbidding landscape. Never built for defense, it was more likely a meeting place for the Umayyad caliphs of the eighth century. 

    Photo courtesy of Christine Loomis

  • Quseir Amra, Jordan

    The Secrets of Caliphs

    Quseir Amra doesn’t look like much from the outside, but its vibrant, often risqué frescoes make it one of the most enchanting of the desert castles. It was here, historians believe, that the Umayyad caliphs slipped under the radar of those upholding Islamic law to revel in more human pleasures.  

    Photo courtesy of Christine Loomis

  • Azraq Wetland Reserve, Jordan

    Nature's Haven

    Jordan sits beneath the African-Eurasian Flyway and for centuries provided refuge for migratory birds in the lush marshes and pools of a natural oasis in the eastern desert. Today Azraq Wetland Reserve, almost lost to agricultural overuse, is a protected and tranquil haven for birds and humans.

    Photo courtesy of Christine Loomis

  • Feynan Wilderness Lodge, Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan

    Eco Adventure with Cultural Benefits

    Travel off the grid at solar-powered Feynan Ecolodge in stark, evocative Dana Nature Reserve where local Bedouins offer cultural engagement and insight. You can hike in or reserve transport via Bedouin-driven truck. Don’t be surprised if these two meander by to pose (no tips, no photos). 

    Photo courtesy of Christine Loomis

  • Aqaba, Jordan

    One Port, Two Identities

    Aqaba, in the southwest corner of Jordan, is both a popular seaside resort and important commercial port. Take a snorkel tour in the Gulf of Aqaba and see four countries at once – Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia – along with a panorama of exotic sea life. 

    Photo courtesy of Christine Loomis

  • The Treasury, Al-Khazneh, in Petra, Jordan

    The Rose-Colored City

    An artistic and architectural wonder, Petra is a visual ode to Jordan's richly diverse history and culture. Nabateans, Romans, Christians, Crusaders and Bedouins all have walked this valley floor – and left their marks. The Treasury, above, may be Petra's most exquisite feature. 

    Photo courtesy of Christine Loomis

  • Dead Sea, Jordan

    Road Along the Dead Sea

    The Dead Sea Highway skirts the ever-shrinking sea, which is lined with salt deposits and loaded with minerals. Vacationers at waterside resorts slather on mud then rinse in the salty sea in hopes of therapeutic benefits. Bobbing in the water, it's hard not to feel connected to the biblical past.

    Photo courtesy of Christine Loomis

  • Natural bridge in Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Vast, Echoing and Godlike

    Few areas of Jordan stir the soul as completely as Wadi Rum, called “vast, echoing and godlike” by T. E. Lawrence. Book a guided jeep or camel tour to see it up close – spectacular rock formations, flowers blooming improbably in shifting sand, mountains shimmering in the heat. 

    Photo courtesy of Christine Loomis

  • Evason Ma'In Hot Springs Resort

    Sanctuary Below Sea Level

    If paradise exists on earth, Evason Ma’In Hot Springs may be it. The five-star resort lies 20 miles southwest of Madaba, cradled deep in a valley below sea level at the site of a natural hot spring. Secluded and serene, this sanctuary is worth a visit of several days, especially for spa lovers. 

    Photo courtesy of Christine Loomis

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