One of the first things that comes to mind when people think of the country Jordan is the ancient Nabatean city of Petra. The fabled “city of rose, half as old as time itself”, has long been depicted as one of the world's most famous sights, and today is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. But there is a great deal more to this nearly-land-locked Middle Eastern country than meets the eye. Certainly more than just the ancient ruins of one city, regardless of how majestic it might be.
Bordered by Israel, the West Bank, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and a snippet of the Dead Sea, Jordan is considered one of the safest and easiest places for travelers to begin their experience of the Middle East. The people are genuinely hospitable and the country lacks the political and religious problems of many of its neighbors, which makes it the perfect place to begin your Middle Eastern journey. There are dozens of cities to choose from, such as Zarqa, Irbid, or Aqaba, but the most likely candidate for exploration is Amman, the capital of the kingdom.
Jordan is a country which boasts not only Western ties and plenty of luxurious accommodations and transportation, but also a plethora of historically significant sights and sounds. There are multiple Roman ruins, Crusader castles, ancient biblical sites such as the place where Jesus was baptized or where Moses first cast eyes on the Promised Land, and remnants of the ancient Nabatean empire, but it all mixes together with modernity in such a way that leaves visitors breathless. From the 15th century stone village at the Dana Nature Reserve to the resort city of Aqaba, the melding of the two is virtually seamless.
The best way to visit the country is through guided tours, and it is generally considered wise to travel with a companion. The only unsafe part of the country is the border with Iraq, and between the food, the culture, and the history, you will be hard-pressed to pack it all into just one trip.
While the city has never boasted a vast array of Islamic antiquities or history delving back over the centuries like several of its Middle Eastern cousins, Amman is nevertheless an important …
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People sometimes talk about 'off-the-beaten-path' destinations, and then you show up and there is a McDonalds & an Irish bar already there... Dana is truly off-the-beaten-path.