Jordan has a lot to offer its visitors, especially if they’re the adventurous type. In fact, Jordan can offer you some of the best adventures that you might find in Asia. Tourists can experience activities such as scuba diving to hiking to skydiving because of Jordan’s majestic and varied landscape that includes areas like Wadi Rum, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea. Each of these places offers you a unique adventure and experience.
Wadi Rum is a vast red dessert found in the south of Jordan. Spread out over 720 sq. km, its scenery includes Granite and Sandstone Mountains, canyons, valleys, fissures, and old cave drawings. This landscape provides a perfect place to perform activities such as rock climbing, trekking, and hiking.
The landscape of mountains up to 1750 meters high provides an ideal place to do some rock climbing. The challenge of these twisting mountains and canyons attracts mountaineers as they try to conquer this mountain while enjoying the surrounding desert at Wadi Rum. Mountaineers explore these mountains to look at the ancient rock drawings present on the mountain and canyon walls. These rock drawings are known to be more than 4000 years old.
These mountains also have a historical and cultural significance. The mountainous areas in Wadi Rum are known as the ‘Valley of the Moon’ because it’s the place where Prince Faisal Bin Hussein and T.E Lawrence centered their headquarters when the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans was going on in World War 1. Their efforts and their history are woven into the sands of Wadi Rum.
Camel And Jeep Safari As Transportation In Wadi Rum
There are many options present for visitors to get from one place to another in Wadi Rum. Visitors should first head towards the Visitors Center where apart from many facilities and amenities present for visitors, there is a transportation system utilizing jeeps. Visitors can get 4×4 vehicles and a corresponding driver/guide. A trip to some of the more well-known sites in Wadi Rum lasts around 2 to 3 hours in the vehicle. If the travelers prefer it, they can hire a camel and its guide to travel around in the desert. The duration of any trips and other details can be arranged beforehand, and the facilities of the Visitors Center include the options for camping under the stars in a Bedouin tent, coupled with a traditional campfire meal and entertainment.
Trips To Landmarks
Once transport is available, there are many destinations that you can head to for a variety of activities. One destination is the Burdah Rock Bridge. A popular tourist attraction, visitors reach the Burdah Rock Bridge via the Seven Pillars of wisdom with many other interesting sights being seen along the way. This excursion takes all day to complete if you are in a car, and becomes an overnight trip if you are riding a camel. Alternative routes will expose you to other sightseeing landmarks and information to conduct your excursion is available at the Visitors Center.
For the adventurists who want a rush of adrenaline, there is parachute jumping. Interested parties can jump into a helicopter or climb above the mountains of Wadi Rum or Petra in a hot air balloon and then gently glide down to earth whilst observing the unique landscape. Alternative routes to accomplish parachute jumping are renting private planes available in Jordan from the Marka Airport in Amman.
The Royal Aero Sports Club founded in 1997 aims to promote aero sports in Wadi Rum and Aqaba. Visitors who get on the hot air balloon rise up to a height of 6000 feet over Wadi Rum and can view the natural and unique landscapes of Wadi Rum from a birds-eye perspective. All flights are guided by trained professionals and all flights take place in the morning, so just get there early and don’t worry!
Underwater Diving In Aqaba
Aqaba is a good representation of what Jordan has to offer its visitors: sites with interesting histories, amazing hotels, and visitor facilities along with many activities for tourists to enjoy. Alongside this, Aqaba’s greatest advantage is the Red Sea. The underwater activities that you do in the Red Sea are some of the best in the world.
Aqaba offers activities ranging from snorkeling and scuba diving to wind surfing and water skiing in the clear waters of the Red Sea. The moderate climate and mild water currents have created a perfect atmosphere for the growth of marine life and experiencing marine adventures. Visitors can swim alongside sea turtles and dolphins while observing the astonishing biological diversity found in the Red Sea. Nighttime lovers can go underwater at night to observe the nocturnal behavior of animals such as lobsters and shrimp as they scrounge for food. Aqaba has several dive centers each with modern and professional equipment, trained dive instructors, and boat transportation given to remote dive sites.
Sky Diving In Aqaba
Besides going underwater in the Red Sea, visitors can take to the skies above Aqaba. From training schools for piloting airplanes to balloon and parachute rides, skydiving in Aqaba provides an intensely exciting experience.
Chariot Racing In Jerash
Since the last 6500 years, Jerash has been constantly occupied by humans. This led to it being one of the most authentic Roman Provincial towns in the world. The preserved Roman atmosphere in the Greco-Roman architecture of the town lends itself over to the sport of Chariot racing. Regular shows see spectacular chariot racing, complete with other arena fighters such as gladiators and legionnaires.
Relaxing At Wadi Mujib
Spa resorts alongside the Dead Sea offer a therapeutic experience to visitors as they swim in the mineral hot springs and thick brine of the Dead Sea. Along the east coast of the Dead Sea is the gorge of Wadi Mujib, exploring which leads to a pool and waterfall in contrast to the surrounding barren hills.