Usually what comes to mind when one thinks of traveling to Jordan is the ancient red-rock city of Petra or the modern metropolis of Amman sprawling over its seven hills. Not many people think of national parks, wildlife, eco-travel, or extreme sports, but Jordan has a lot to offer the adventurous traveler.

You can rappel down the waterfalls of Wadi Mujib, explore the desert and Bedouin camps of Wadi Rum, search for the Syrian wolf and horned ibex in the Dana Nature Reserve, and paraglide in the Mujib Gorge, among other adventures.

Jordan came to environmental conservation early for countries in the Middle East, establishing the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in 1966, and creating the Dana Nature Reserve in 1989. Associated Press reporter Dale Gavlak wrote about many possibilities for adventure in his Dec. 10 AP story.

Filed Under Adventure Travel, Africa & Middle East, Desert Travel, Eco Friendly Travel, Feature, Jordan, Travel


One Response to “Adventure Travel in Jordan”

  1. DeliciousBaby on December 12th, 2008 2:06 am

    My husband and spent a single night camping in Wadi Rum on a road trip through Jordan. We asked some locals to drop us off at a camping spot, and pick us up the next morning. Lovely, we thought!

    Turns out that just being in the middle of the desert doesn’t meant that you are off the beaten path. Sure, we were the only people at our campsite & we had an absolutely beautiful view, but we were woken up all night as Bedouins drove through the sand to a nearby village!

    Still, I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.

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