Jordan was one of many hiking trips I booked for 2020, before the pandemic put paid to virtually all travel. After nearly a four year delay, over the holiday I finally managed to get there, joined by Maggie for most of the trip.
Hiking and scrambling in the Wadi Rum desert with local bedouins, visiting the magical Nabataean city of Petra, and exploring some of the archeological ruins in the east and north of the country, as well as taking a dip in the Dead Sea (the lowpoint of my trip!) made for an active 2 week vacation. Here are some of the highlights.
My journey started in the ancient city of Madaba, dating from the middle Bronze Age and renowned for its Byzantine mosaics. A three night stay near the historic center of Madaba gave me at least a little time to adjust to the 11 hour time loss on the nearly 30-hour trip from California. In addition to wandering around the city one day, I spent much of my final day there visiting three of Jordan’s eastern desert castles.
On my third day, I joined up with five other clients in the KE Adventures group to drive down to southern Jordan for a week-long hiking and cultural trip in Wadi Rum and Petra.
After five days and four nights in the Wadi Rum desert, we drove north to Wadi Musa for for two days of walking and sightseeing at Petra.
The rest of our group of six left for England at the conclusion of our two days walking around Petra. Maggie and I instead headed for Amman where we had rented an AirBnb apartment for three nights off Rainbow Street near the First Circle. From that base we took a guided tour of the nearby old town (mostly seeing a variety of markets!) and then headed north the following day for a day of archeology.
This rare rainy day in the California desert enabled me to finally finish this blog post! This weekend I head down to Baja California Sur for a week of warm sun, hikes, and birding. If I get a few decent photos, I will post them in February. Until then, stay warm.
The Vagabond Hiker
PS I naughtily included one photo I took at Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada, implying that it was from Jordan. Did you spot it?