While I have written about some of the places I have visited in Jordan, I have not talked about all of them. I thought I would take this opportunity to give you a run down of the top five places you should see here!
Petra: Petra is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and located in southern Jordan. After waking through a beautiful rose colored canyon, you see the Treasury, one of its most recognizable sites. In front of the Treasury are camels to ride. It may cost an arm and a leg, but how often do you get to ride a camel in an ancient city? The camels take you to the first of 900 steps that lead you to the Monastery. The hike is not easy, but it is so worth it. the site itself is beautiful and so is the view. Pictured below is the Monastery. And yes we got to wear shorts here. (!!!)
Wadi Rum: I know I have already written about Wadi Rum, but it is such an incredible place that everyone should visit at least once in his or her life. It desert is breathtaking and staying in a camp with Bedouins is so much fun. It is very close to Petra so they are easy to do in the same trip! Here is a picture of the sunset I got to watch last time I was there.
Aqaba: Aqaba is another southern city very close to both Petra and Wadi Rum. I have talked about it, too, but, like Wadi Rum, it is definitely worth mentioning again. Here you can snorkel (which I did for the first time) and relax on the beach. It was a nice getaway to take durning the semester. Below is a picture I took with my Go Pro while snorkeling. I recommend bringing one!
Dead Sea: The Dead Sea is very close to Amman, so it is very easy to visit! At first I was somewhat skeptical of the whole floating in the very salty water thing, but I am here to tell you that it is true! You can even float in a standing position in a deep area without having to tread water. It’s wild. The only downside of the Dead Sea is the salt can really make your skin sting. Despite that, it is a great time.
Madaba/Mount Nebo: And last but not least we have Madaba and Mount Nebo! Madaba is only a forty five minute bus ride away. I got to tour the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George and see the 6th century mosaic of the Holy Land. My friends and I then realized we were only about fifteen minutes away from Mount Nebo where Moses died, so we took a taxi there. The view was absolutely beautiful, as you can see from the picture below.