The wonders of Jordan: Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea
Among the many wonders in Jordan, Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea are undoubtedly at the top of the list. These are highly demanding sites for tourists who want to immerse themselves in Jordan's history.
Once known as the capital of the Nabataean people, Petra is now more than ever considered one of the world's most fascinating historical sites. Moreover, the city of Petra is known as one of the world's new seven wonders. This place has also been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. The Khazneh is one of Petra's treasures, and its fame has long been doomed by its appearance in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Also called the treasure of the Pharaoh, the Nabataeans built the Khazneh, highlighting a unique architectural style. But that's not all, since the entrance to Petra often boils down to a long and winding sandstone canyon locals call the Siq. To access this canyon, one must pass in front of the tombs of Gaia. All along the Siq, visitors can get a glimpse of the ingenious system of water reserve and distribution built in the time of the Nabataeans. You will also see the street of facades with temples or traditional Nabataean tombs carved into the rock, such as the Urn Tomb, the Palace Tomb, the Corinthian Tomb, and El Deir, as well as a monastery. A Roman theater and other relics, such as the High Place of Sacrifice and the Lion Fountain, are also on the front line. The next unmissable wonder of Jordan is the Wadi Rum desert. Located in the south of Jordan, canyons, natural arches, cliffs, and caves transport tourists into a new world. Wadi Rum is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and this desert today allows you to have essential details about the history of the beginnings of writing. Trekking and hiking are the most popular activities because they will enable you to fully discover the desert's fauna and flora, the Rakhabat canyon, and the Um Ishrin valley. Those who wish can also picnic in the dunes. The Burda Rock Bridge, the Great Dune, and the Thamudi Petroglyphs, among others, are must-sees in Wadi Rum. In addition, some tours passing through Petra or the Dead Sea even allow you to spend the night in a Bedouin camp and taste some new flavors. Travelers who want to take all their time to visit Petra can also be tempted by the Jordan Trail, a hike of 650 kilometers. It crosses Jordan from north to south and is ranked as one of the best hikes in the world by National Geographic. Indeed, multiple natural, cultural, and historical wonders can be seen in this exceptional place. Finally, the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, is a truly unique experience to live. Tourists can also swim on public beaches or private hotel beaches. For this, you must keep your shoes and let yourself float to enjoy the benefits of this water. After bathing, rinse immediately with fresh water. That said, it is also possible to go mountain biking, by car, on foot, or quad along the shore to take some souvenir photos. Around the Dead Sea, a trail running in canyoning mode in Wadi Mujib is a must. There is also hiking or picnicking in the Wadi Zarqa canyon. A few tens of minutes from the Dead Sea, the hot springs of Hammamat Ma'in allow you to have an exceptional view! Then, from the Dead Sea, it is possible to access other highest points of Jordan, including Madaba or Mount Nebo.