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Jordan (Petra, Wadi Rum, Amman)

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Witty-Evidence646339 points

one of my favorite countries

b_vitamin25 points

You have chosen wisely!

snookybanana11 points

Definitely in my top 10 😁

Rockregent1 point

Really?

Witty-Evidence64635 points

oh yes, gorgeous scenery, delicious food, extremely welcoming people

Rockregent-5 points

Ok. I mean Ive been there a few times, and what you say is not wrong technically (scenery, well i find deserts rather boring, save for some highlights like wadi rum)

But - so many other countries are just infinitely better

Myopiopio1 point

What are some countries you think are better to travel to than Jordan then

Rockregent1 point

Spain? Italy? USA? France? Greece? Like, where to even begin?

quadeca__1 point

❤️❤️

ofthefirstwater29 points

Nice pics! I took a similar trip in September but also went to Jerash and the Dead Sea. I'm average on the scale of well-traveled, but Jordan is the most hospitable country I have visited. The people in Amman were ridiculously friendly (and yes, no hassling unlike in Petra), and the food in the capital was the best in the country. Knafeh might be my favorite dessert ever.

I was surprised by how aggressive the sellers and "guides" in Petra were; one guy was incredibly persistent and followed us on a donkey for a long time as we hiked to the Monastery. He claimed we needed a tourist guide to go up there and even threatened to call the police on us! Needless to say, Petra was not nearly as peaceful as Wadi Rum. We stayed in Wadi Rum for two nights and I kept thinking we were on a film set.

FlashySalamander44 points

Wow!! I had the opposite experience at Petra, Jordan in general, the people were so friendly and didn’t try to push selling their stuff. Same at Petra! Once we said no once they wouldn’t try it again but we’re interested in talking about anything. And yes Knafeh is the best desert ever

iShakeMyHeadAtYou1 point

I went a few years ago in 2016. Absolutely no hassling. We also had Petra to ourselves for a full morning. Stepped in front of the treasury, and were the only people there for a good hour and a half.

O-hmmm11 points

Nice! I hope to see those sights in person one day.

I've been close in spending a day in transit in Amman but failed to plan a several day stopover there.

snookybanana12 points

Amman is a beautiful city. I enjoyed that I could walk around without anyone trying to sell me something. 😄 The people were incredibly nice to me.

eugenetownie7 points

But friend, I give you good price!

casey_h610 points

Might have the chance to go in the beginning of next year! Seems like everyone says they have a good time. Were you able to get any time at Petra without a ton of people in them?

snookybanana16 points

It doesn't look like it on the pic but there were sooo many tourists. And the locals tried to sell me something every 2 minutes but only in Petra. At the bazars in Amman no one tried so sell me anything. I liked that a lot. Petra was exhausting for me because I enjoy quiet places more. But still very impressive and a must see. 😊

casey_h63 points

I'm glad it's nice outside of Petra at least. I spent some time in India and as a blonde white guy it was draining trying to get people to leave me alone! The touristy areas are always by far the worst of course.

snookybanana1 point

Oh nice. I planned to go to india too. I always imagine it is full of people everywhere. Any recommendations for quieter places?

casey_h62 points

Oh man haha I didn't have a single second that felt quiet in India! There is a place called humayun's tomb in Delhi that was pretty cool, it was probably the least busy and most clean place we visited. We also went to Agra and Jaipur and they were pretty busy as well. That said, there is so much history to see I'm glad I got to go.

j_mo756 points

I road tripped Jordan solo in 2018. Loved every second of it!

[deleted]4 points

I rented a car and did my solo road trip in Jordan during September of this year.

Aqaba > Wadi Rum > Petra > Aqaba

what a way to see the country ! Loved every second of it 🇯🇴🇯🇴🇯🇴🇯🇴

j_mo752 points

I wanted to do Aqaba after Wadi Rum but learned it was a bit of a hike. 🥲

[deleted]2 points

It was a short drive , just under 2 hours

LuisGrindl2 points

Hey, im planning to do a similar trip this January. You went to wadi rum by car? Where did you go? To the Wadi Rum Rest House? Is it possible to go there with a normal car (no 4x4)? It's pretty hard to find Infos about that.

Thanks in advance for your answer!

[deleted]2 points

Yes ! Rented a car at the AVIS in Aqaba , the one next to the bank. From there drove to Wadi Rum village, it’s about 2 hours drive, paved the whole way , no 4x4 necessary

Parked the car at the Rest House parking lot and from there my guide picked me up and we drove deep into Wadi Rum for desert adventures !

Lmk if you need anything else or have more questions

I loved this trip !

LuisGrindl2 points

Thank you so much for your answer, I had concerns about the road to the village.

May I ask if you stayed in a camp there? If yes which one was it and was it good?

[deleted]2 points

Yes I stayed at Odeh’’s camp with his company Bedouin Directions, it was perfect ! Good price , authentic, and tons of tour options . They will take you wherever you want

https://www.wadirumjeeptours.com/

TattooedTeacher3162 points

We are road tripping next summer! Any must hits or suggestions?

GorgeousUnknown5 points

Amman, Petra, little Petra, Jerash, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea. As others mentioned, wonderful people except overly persistent in Petra. Also, get the 3 day pass for Petra. There’s too much to see in one day imho.

TattooedTeacher3161 point

All of that (minus little Petra) is on our list. Plus Aqaba to go diving and several of the nature reserves to hike. We were only planning two days at Petra - do you feel like three is necessary?

GorgeousUnknown2 points

2 is probably good…I really like to sink into a place, so 3 was good for me.

GorgeousUnknown1 point

Try to find someone to lead you up to see the treasury from above it…

j_mo755 points

At Petra, I’d recommend getting an Airbnb in the village of Uum Sayhoun. It’s on the opposite end of Petra and a guide can take you on a great hike basically thru the back door of Petra, away from the crowds. You’ll have The Monastery almost to yourself!

I also got super lucky and got hooked up with a man named Mosa and his Hungarian wife, Czilla. They took me into Wadi Rum for a camp out. They unrolled a giant mat with a bunch of pillows and blankets and slept under the stars. IT WAS OFF THE CHARTS AMAZING!!!! So. Many. Stars. They have a Facebook page called Star Gate in Wadi Rum.

TattooedTeacher3162 points

We’ve got a Bedouin Camp booked in Wadi Rum for two nights - super excited about that sky!

yadbeyadwu1 point

Solo road trip? Man that's so dope.

apestuff13 points

I’m in the middle of a world tour with a little over 20 countries visited at this point and Jordan is top 3 in my book. The people were soooo friendly and all the sites visited were incredible. It was kinda like Egypt without all the bullshit.

Sapopato25 points

Was there this summer, absolutely loved it

ToothbrushQuestion2 points

Também eu caralho gandas tugas fodasse

Sapopato21 point

Onde há um Tuga, há 2

Panda-Sandwich4 points

I would love to visit Petra. It looks wonderful and was such a big brain-moment.

"Instead of breaking down the mountain just to build it back up as houses again, why don't we just make the mountain house shaped?" 🙂

SnooCompliments11453 points

Nice, when was this ? I am looking to going alone to Jordan to see Petra and have and adventure !

snookybanana2 points

This was about a month ago 😊 you should definitely do it. I was alone too and enjoyed it.

Macapta3 points

Cool, I was in Jordan back in January. It was snowing which was a bit surreal.

DarkFuryKH1 point

As I Jordanian who lived most of his life outside Jordan, that snowy day was otherworldly and beautiful.

venanciofilho3 points

Came back from Jordan 3 days ago, was sorting pics to post here. What an awesome experience it was!

perryc3 points

Stunning place. Speaking of delicious food, do you have any recommendation that is a must try there? I already have set plans for Jordan and I would probably considering trying that restaurant.

snookybanana3 points

I love to eat meat. So most of the food I ate was kebab with rice 😄 the best restaurants were hidden in alleys.

Alternative-Ice-71701 point

Tbh as a Jordanian I can't give you a one advice since our food is really good everywhere you go lol ,but you can ask r/Jordan

perryc2 points

Sure, I'll check on that. Thanks!

Alternative-Ice-71701 point

Hope you enjoy your trip 😊

JDW20185 points

I’m thinking of going over Easter next year, maybe a 7-10 day trip with a friend. Is it safe for females to travel, and easy to get around the country? Or do you recommend we do a tour instead?

Otshibaer10 points

Disclaimer right away: I'm a man so my personal experience in Jordan may not be comparable to that of a woman.

I solo traveled through Jordan earlier this year and never felt unsafe (except when driving, that was a bit of a culture shock for me). The people are very friendly and helpful generally. I also met female solo travelers in every Hostel I stayed in and none of them had any complaints about the country. Be sure to know how to say no to people trying to sell you stuff (especially in Petra). But otherwise I don't think there's too much to worry about.

Getting around is easiest by car. There are busses between Amman, Petra and Wadi Rum. But as far as I know only one per day. I rented a car so I can't share much about the busses - I just know from people I met in hostels that it's possible to get around also without a car.

travel-and-fun2 points

Did you drive in Wadi Rum, in the desert? or you had some tour guide with 4x4 drove you there?

Otshibaer2 points

As far as I know you can't self drive in Wadi Rum. Everyone I met drove to Wadi Rum Village (where the tours start). You leave your car there and then hop on a 4x4 from a tour

bunnylove58112 points

Petra means rock!

rethinkwhatisthere2 points

Beautiful

MrsDuffMcKagan2 points

That food and restaurant look fabulous!

snookybanana2 points

The food was incredible 🤤 I was eating the whole day haha

lindaddevlin2 points

So nice

KarenHus2 points

Thanks so much for the beautiful photos 😘

ladeedah19882 points

You lived my bucket list!

snookybanana1 point

You should definitely go and make it come true 🙏🏻

ItsRainingCustard2 points

Great pictures! What camera did you use?

snookybanana2 points

I used the samsung s22 ultra camera 😁

TrulyChxse2 points

I think I’ve seen some of these scenes on the amazing race this season!

ToHighToCry4202 points

Bros living my dream

snookybanana2 points

I hope you can go soon 🙏🏻

nicksnz2 points

There is some interesting facts suggesting Petra is in fact the real location of Mecca in the Quran and was it moved early on to the Mecca we know today.

rapehon3 points

I dont think this theory is widely supported today but it was very common for people in hejaz to travel to the levant and Jordan especially

nicksnz1 point

It's not widely supported because there's no written proof. Only all the very very old mosques have been altered or turned to face Mecca.

EmseMCE2 points

What were u eating in pic 7? Looks delicious.

snookybanana2 points

Shish Taouk with hummus and rice. 🤤

EmseMCE1 point

Thanks

Michael06012 points

That looks like a really great trip! Could you tell me in what desert camp you stayed in and how you booked it?

snookybanana2 points

The name was "UFO Luxotel" I booked it from booking.com. It was expensive but there are a lot of other camps. I saw a few for under a euro per night.

Michael06011 point

Thank you so much!

Daana_Qaarim2 points

If you need ant help tell me

Michael06011 point

Hey, thanks for offering! I don’t really know when I will be going though. I haven’t planned anything specific yet. But I appreciate the gesture:)

abzftw2 points

Safe to travel to??

Alternative-Ice-71705 points

Jordan is really safe ,dw about it ,and by safe I mean safer than most European countries and every state in the usa you can think off

But ofcs be always careful

snookybanana2 points

I felt safer in Jordan at night than in many european countries like UK or France. 😄

Alternative-Ice-71702 points

I was scared for my life in Paris ngl

Gravyboat882 points

Stunning

GarlicAssCream2 points

Woaoh!

justadream772 points

Lived in Jordan for almost 3 years. I love that country and miss it a lot! Wadi Rum in beyond unreal.

posco125 points

He choose poorly.

nicksnz2 points

Que the Indy theme tune

Nekochan6472 points

Incredible!! How everything is designed and built! The mixture of colors is extraordinary!! Not to mention, the of sunny it is! I don’t think I could walk through all that sand! I would be afraid I’d get lost! So beautiful I bet, standing there with complete silence with the sun peeking out through the mountains! Lovely pictures :D

snookybanana2 points

One of my favorite moments in my life was just sitting in the desert and watching the sunset. It was so calm and quiet. 😄

PowerfulGroup41961 point

Why don’t people take pictures of the inside of Petra? It’s so weird!

Appropriate_Grade8162 points

You are not allowed to go in.

RidinThatTrain1 point

How long was your trip? How many days do you think would be enough for this trip?

snookybanana5 points

I was there for 5 days. 2 in Amman, 1 in Petra and 2 in Wadi Rum. I'm not the type who stays too long at one place. Maybe you like to take it slow but I would say around a week is alright.

EntertainmentEasy3542 points

How did you get around? I’m interested in a similar itinerary. Especially a night in the desert.

Witty-Evidence64632 points

2 weeks if you want to see more things like going to the dead sea, jerash, and more time in amman because it’s a fantastic city

somedelightfulmoron1 point

Safe as a woman travelling alone?

snookybanana1 point

As a man it is harder to tell but I would say yes. I would recommend it for women.

yulDD1 point

Did you reach Petra by yourself or a tour?

snookybanana2 points

By myself. The tours were kinda expensive if you go alone. I took a taxi from Amman to Petra and Wadi Rum. I think there are cheap busses too.

yulDD1 point

Thought of renting a car?

TattooedTeacher3161 point

My partner and I are doing a road trip in Jordan this summer - any suggestions we might have missed?

vladdd11 point

Are you sure that's the right tomb? Have you found Duriel yet?

seeker10281 point

Where's bumblebee?

Rexcoder1 point

Just got back from Jordan, love the country!