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Located in the heart of the Middle East, Jordan is a kaleidoscope of rich culture, ancient history and breathtaking natural wonders. From the jaw-dropping Rose City of Petra to the calm, therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea, here are 5 reasons why Jordan should move straight to the top of your bucket list.
There’s really nowhere else to start. As one of the prestigious Seven Wonders of the World, the ancient Nabatean city of Petra really has to be seen to be believed. Lost to the world until its rediscovery in 1812 by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, the city is accessed by a narrow gorge known as the “Siq”. This passageway leads to Al-Khazneh, the Treasury. Perhaps Petra’s most iconic site, this incredible landmark has found fame in the movie world, including as the setting for the climax of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Arabian Nights.
Arguably the best time to visit the Treasury is at night on Wednesdays and Thursdays, when the whole city is illuminated by thousands of candles. Shadows dance as you wander down the Siq, and the clearing in front of the Treasury is filled with locals drinking sweet tea and playing traditional Bedouin music.
Popular culture references continue in Wadi Rum, setting for the red planet Mars in blockbuster movie The Martian. Famous for its red lunar landscape, the desert of Wadi Rum stretches for 280 square miles.
A 4X4 jeep safari is the best way to tackle the dunes and take in some of the impressive rock formations that the area is known for. Travelling to Jordan with On The Go Tours, passengers have the opportunity to overnight in this famous desert, staying in a permanent tented camp. Away from the bright lights of the city, this is the perfect place for a spot of stargazing.
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