We arrived in Amman at 4 am after an overnight flight from Barcelona via Istanbul. First impressions – the look alike sandy coloured houses and friendliness of the people.
National Geographic rated the 75 km Dana to Petra Trek one of the world’s 15 best multi-day hikes. We took 5 days with the help of our Bedouin support crew and specialist guides plus a donkey.
The World Heritage city of Petra, capital of the Nabataean Arabs from the 1st century BC is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites. It was later occupied by the Romans until an earthquake destroyed much of the city in the 4th century. In 1812 a Swiss explorer, Johannes Burckhardt “rediscovered” Petra and it has attracted visitors ever since.
For us, a 4 hour jeep tour around the World Heritage Wadi Rum’s valleys, mountains, canyons and gorges, dunes and deserts in the sunset. An overnight stay in a “Martian Dome”. And a camel ride at dawn “to clear my senses by a night in Rumm and by the ride down its dawn-lit valley towards the shining plains”.
Jarash, the site of the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, is the largest and best preserved Roman city outside Italy. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC and conquered by the Romans in 63 BC …