In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Jordan
Traveling to Middle East may seem like too much of a gamble for most people, especially these days when the entire regions seems to be aflame. Luckily, there is a safe haven from all the madness and it is called Jordan. This relatively small country is peaceful, safe and one of the most welcoming destinations in the world. Jordanian hospitality is legendary and it truly lives up to the legend.
Jordan is home to one of the most spectacular sights in the world – the mythic Petra, one of the most incredible historical sites in the world and one which can truly change a person. Just arriving to Petra through one of the siqs is enough for lifetime of tales. And then, when you stand in front of the Treasury, you’ll be at a loss for words. Really. It is just unreal.
If you are more interested in a religious experience, Al-Maghtas is definitely something you will want to see. It is widely believed (unless you talk to the Israeli) that this is the place where Jesus himself was baptized. It is not the most lavish destination nor is it too visually interesting, but for people who are religious, it is definitely an experience of a lifetime.
Wadi Rum is a desert valley that was forever immortalized by Lawrence of Arabia, a movie that, in turn, owes a lot to the locales, i.e. Wadi Rum. The area is truly unique, with sand dunes and incredibly beautiful rock formations that seem as if transported from Arizona. You will also be able to see remnants of prehistoric cultures that thrived in the area. If you wish, you can also have a Bedouin experience where you live in tents and live the life that will take you to another time.
Of course, you will also be spending some time in Amman, the country’s capital and one of the oldest cities in the world. It is a bustling, modern city with some of the best cafes in the world and young, vibrant crowds. It is also very much in touch with its past and there is something to be discovered on every turn.