Why JORDAN Should BE on Your Bucket List
Top 5 Reasons To Visit JORDAN
When in the former Roman Empire, do as the Romans did—and appreciate their fine architecture. Today, visitors can explore remains of some of these cities scattered throughout the country. In the northern town of Umm Qais, wander the rows of an amazingly intact Roman amphitheater, constructed of dark, sturdy, volcanic rock.
PAY RESPECT AT THE HOLY PLACE
One of Jordan’s holiest places is Mount Nebo, where the Biblical prophet Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land. According to the Bible, he died on Mount Nebo at age 120 and was buried there, although the location of his grave is unknown. Since then, many Christians have made a pilgrimage to this hill in western Jordan, not far from Amman. At the top sits a stone memorial to Moses, as well as a Byzantine church, built by monks in the third or fourth century A.D.
VISIT PETRA, AN ANCIENT METROPOLIS
The tombs and monuments of the centuries-old metropolis, carved deeply into the reddish cliffs, are like nothing else on Earth. Most visitors to Petra, though, only see the main attractions—Al Khazneh, or the Treasury, being the most well known—without venturing off the main path.
EAT LIKE A KING
Jordan is a foodie’s delight. The national dish is called mansaf—lamb or goat cooked in yogurt and seasoned with aromatic herbs and spices, then sprinkled with almonds and pine nuts and served over a mountain of rice. Jordanians spend hours making mansaf, which requires many steps, and it’s usually enjoyed with a group and eaten with the hands.
EXPERIENCE WILD JORDAN
Canyoning is the perfect way for thrill seekers to experience the challenges and beauty of Jordan’s best and most spectacular canyons. Explore hidden gorges, rappel, jump and slide down water falls. Adventurers will hike, scramble, wade, abseil, climb and swim through the breathtaking sandstone canyons of Wadi Mujib.