Jordan attracts many visitors because of its unique landscapes and interesting culture. Alongside important archaeological sites it has nature reserves and provides challenging field trip options and no less important, hospitable inhabitants. There are several ancient sites in Amman, the capital city, including a Roman theater and a fortress located on the highest hill in the city. The ruins at Jerash, are well-preserved remains from the Roman Period indicating the area, Wadi Rum desert, ancient rock art and challenging trails. The coastal city of Aqaba offers options for diving, water sports and luxury hotels. The highlight of Jordan and the source of its pride is Petra, the Nabatean city carved in the rock. The city was chosen in 2007 as one of the seven new wonders of the world. Jordan is a magical country which provides an interesting perspective to the Middle East, its smells and colors, its people and nature.
CURRENCY AND EXPENSES
Average cost for a day of traveling:
backpackers: $20 (15 dinars)
average travelers: $60 (45 dinars)
high class travelers: $200 (140 dinars)
Currency is the JD – Jordanian Dinar
Petra: an Ancient Nabatean city, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and one of the seven wonders of the modern world, is the most prominent attractions of Jordan. Petra is famous for its impressive buildings, carved in red sandstone, which gave the place the nickname “Red Rock”.
Wadi ram: The longest valley in Jordan, long narrow colored sandstone canyons and channels, natural arches, towering cliffs and natural caves. This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Jordan, and offers a variety of options for outdoor enthusiasts, from hiking and rock climbing to rappeling and horse riding.
Aqaba: Jordan’s resort city offers beautiful beaches, spectacular dive sites and luxurious hotels.
Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Trekking and Canyoning in the Jordanian Dead Sea Rift
WiFi: Free everywhere: airport, restaurants and public areas.
International prefix: +962
SIM card – You can find SIM cards in any convenience store or supermarket.
Telephone service – in every hotel.
The Jordanian Government has waived visa fees for all non-restricted nationalities coming through Jordanian tour operators whether travelling individually or in groups. The visa fee is waived on the condition that the traveler/travelers spend a minimum of two consecutive nights in Jordan.
Single Entry visas valid for one month: 40 JOD (approximately 56 USD)
Double Entry visas valid for three months: 60 JOD (approximately 85 USD)
Multiple Entry visas valid for six months: 120 JOD (approximately 170 USD)
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Many different types of accommodation can be found in Jordan – from simple hostels up to five-star hotels. In Aqaba and Amman You can find hotels of large chains or boutique hotels at relatively high prices. However you can also find hostels at very cheap prices, although usually of very low standard.
5 star hotels – mainly in Amman and in Aqaba [$300-400 per night]
4 star hotels – [$100-200 per night] can be found in more touristy areas like Amman, Aqaba, Dead Sea and Irbad.
3 star hotels – [$60-90 per night] very small selection of this type; only in amman as boutique hotels.
hostels – [$7-40 per bed] There are small, family hostels in Amman
GOOD LONG TRAIL
Wadi Mujib and Wadi Hasa (Moab and Edom)
There are flowing streams in the mountains of Moab and Edom that have an abundance of water and vegetation, steep tall walls and no trail markers.
Beautiful hiking trails and grooved impressive canyons, waterfalls and natural water pools. High difficulty level tracks with many areas with walking or swimming in the water. Bring water walking equipment.
Wadi Hasa – 26 km 2-3 day hike
Wadi Mujib – two relatively small sections for day trips
BE AWARE OF
Amman roads are packed with cars and traffic is unorderly. As a pedestrian
take care where you cross the road and as a driver drive safely.
Buses and minibuses and shared (service) taxis, don’t let them rip you off, ask a local how much they are paying.
Getting around - transportation
The Jordanian transportation system relies mainly on buses and minibuses and shared (service) taxis. Taxis are faster and much more convenient. The service taxis only operate on fixed routes, so if you ask the driver to deviate from that route be prepared to bargain for a price. Private buses (mainly operated by Hijazi) run from Amman to Irbid, Petra and Aqaba. The best long-distance bus company (aside from mini-buses) is JET bus, which has reasonably priced buses all over the country.
ME index for food costs
Spring: warm weather in Amman (average temperatures range from 15-210C during the day to 4C at night) and it will be warmer at the Dead Sea and in the Jordan Valley (21-270C during the day). Possible rain in the northern regions.
Summer: hot and quite dry in Amman (average temperatures range from 21-320C during the day to 150C at night) and very hot at the Dead Sea and in the Jordan Valley (27-370C during the day).
Fall: warm in Amman (average temperatures range from 15-210C during the day to 40C at night) and warmer at the Dead Sea and in the Jordan Valley (21-270C during the day).
Winter: cool in Amman (average temperatures range from 4-150C during the day to 10C at night) and warmer at the Dead Sea and in the Jordan Valley (21-320C during the day). Sporadic rainfall can occur, with possible snow showers
WHAT TO TAKE
Comfortable walking shoes/sneakers: there is a lot to see and buy in the busy market streets. You can spend hours among the stalls of spices, vegetables, antiques and artist’s galleries. Take good shoes to enjoy a pleasant experience.
Hat and sunscreen; particularly when the summer sun beats down in Jordan a hat and good sunglasses are a valuable commodity. In the old town, you can buy a “keffiyeh”, which can be a good substitute for the hat and an interesting accessory.
A good guide book, every inch of the city is full of history – read up on sites before visiting them.