Are you ready to discover the enchanting realm of Jordan, where ancient history meets modern wonder? Whether you’re dreaming of the rose-red city of Petra, the stunning landscapes of Wadi Rum, or the vibrant culture of Amman, this comprehensive guide will ensure your journey to Jordan is a memorable adventure.
1. Visa and Entry Requirements
Before you go, make sure to check Jordan’s visa requirements. Most visitors can obtain a visa on arrival, but it’s always wise to confirm your specific country’s requirements and passport validity. If you plan on purchasing the Jordan Pass (recommended), the cost of the visa will be included in the pass.
Note: if you land in Aqaba you can be exempted from the need to have a visa depending on your nationality.
2. Best Time to Visit
Plan your trip during Jordan’s prime seasons, from March to May and September to November. These months offer pleasant weather for exploring the country’s attractions, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 28°C (59°F to 82°F).
3. Packing Essentials
Pack comfortable, modest clothing suitable for Jordan’s cultural norms. This means that you should aim to cover your shoulders and knees and avoid clothes that are too revealing. Don’t forget essentials like comfortable walking shoes, a sunhat, and sunscreen for those sunny days of exploration. Don’t underestimate the sun in the desert!
4. Cultural Sensitivity
Respect local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites. Public displays of affection are considered inappropriate, so save those for private moments.
While Arabic is the official language, many Jordanians speak English as it is quite a touristic destination, making communication easy. Learning a few basic Arabic phrases can enhance your experience and interactions with locals.
6. Currency and Payments
The official currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD). ATMs are widely available, and credit cards are accepted in major cities. It’s also a good idea to carry some cash for smaller purchases and in more remote areas. For reference, as of September 2023, the exchange rate is 1 JOD = 1.40 USD.
Jordan is generally a safe destination for travelers. Exercise standard precautions and be aware of your surroundings. The Jordanian people are known for their hospitality and friendliness. One common scam though is with cab drivers, you should always make sure they turn on the taximeter and don’t trust them if they tell you your hotel has closed, they’ll take you somewhere else where they will get a commission. We found the most dangerous part of Jordan to be the roads, there are some speed bumps on the highways that can be quite surprising and the roads are overall not in great state, so drive with caution.
Getting around Jordan is relatively easy. Consider renting a car for flexibility, but if you don’t want to, there are buses that will take you to all the main tourist destinations.
Jordan offers a range of accommodations, from luxury hotels to boutique guesthouses. Consider staying in a traditional Jordanian-style hotel to immerse yourself in the local culture.
10. Local Cuisine
Indulge in Jordan’s delectable cuisine. Savor dishes like mansaf (Jordan’s national dish), falafel, and mouthwatering mezzes. Of course, this trip will be the perfect opportunity to eat your weight in baklavas as well. And don’t forget to try Jordan’s famous tea, infused with mint.
11. Exploring Petra
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra, home to intricate rock-cut architecture and the famous Treasury. Explore the archaeological wonders hidden within this ancient city. We recommend you get the 2-day pass, because the site is quite big and you can easily spend 2 days walking around and discovering all the ruins. And don’t forget to go all the way to the Monastery and Little Petra.
12. Wadi Rum Adventures
.Discover the mesmerizing desert landscapes of Wadi Rum through activities like Jeep tours, camel rides, and camping under a star-studded desert sky.
13. The Dead Sea Experience
Relax and rejuvenate at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth. Experience the sensation of floating effortlessly in its mineral-rich waters and enjoy therapeutic mud treatments. But don’t forget that you shouldn’t stay longer than 10 min in the water and rinse immediately when you get out!
14. Amman’s Rich Culture
Explore the vibrant capital city of Amman, where modernity meets history. Visit the Roman Amphitheatre, the Citadel, and explore bustling markets for a taste of local life. Many people skip the city, but we recommend you stay at least 48 hours to really get a sense of the life there.
15. Jerash’s Ancient Ruins
Step back in time as you explore the well-preserved Roman ruins of Jerash. Wander through ancient streets, temples, and theaters in this captivating archaeological site. You can take a day-trip from Amman to visit Jerash.
16. Desert Castles
Discover Jordan’s desert castles, which offer a glimpse into the country’s history and architecture. Qasr Amra, Qasr Kharana, and Qasr Azraq are among the must-visit sites.
17. Nature Reserves and Hikes
Explore Jordan’s pristine nature reserves and embark on breathtaking hikes. Don’t miss Dana Biosphere Reserve and the trails surrounding Petra, and depending on when you visit, you should also visit Wadi Mujib.
18. Local Markets
Stroll through local markets like Amman’s Rainbow Street and the souks of Madaba to find unique souvenirs, spices, textiles, and handicrafts.
19. Local Traditions and Hospitality
Embrace Jordan’s rich traditions by engaging with locals, sharing meals, and experiencing Bedouin hospitality in desert camps.
20. Reflection and Gratitude
As your journey through Jordan comes to an end, take a moment to reflect on the extraordinary experiences you’ve had. Jordan’s beauty, history, and culture have undoubtedly left a lasting imprint on your soul
With these essential tips in mind, you’re well-prepared to embark on your Jordanian adventure. So, pack your bags, and let the wonders of Jordan unfold before you. Safe travels!
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