Backpacking In Jordan

in Jordan

Jordan is a varied and travel treasure for backpackers looking to explore the Middle East on a budget. From Petra to backpacking in Amman along with some of the most beautiful beaches along the Mediterranean Sea. Getting around Jordan is much easier in terms of organized tours than it is, for example, backpacking in Bahrain, and many other parts of the Middle East. Jordan is relatively well developed and has a good budget infrastructure including hostels, temporary apartment rentals for travelers, and budget accommodation in most towns and cities.

Beginning in Amman, backpackers should make their way to the Jabal al-Qal’a (Amman Citadel) for excellent photo opportunities. The Amman Citadel is over 5,000 years old and has been influenced by numerous cultures reaching as far back as the Neolithic Period. The Amman Citadel is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places on the planet and very affordable and accessible from Amman.

  • Backpackers looking to learn more about the extensive history of Amman and the peoples who’ve lived in what is now Jordan are highly recommended to visit the National Archeological Museum.

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Inside the National Archeology Museum in Amman you’ll find history, artifacts, and information dating back 10,000 years. There is also a bronze Dead Sea scroll along with hundreds of mysterious carvings and sculptures with unknown origins. Entrance to the museum has a nominal fee and is not particularly crowded during most weekdays.

Seeing Wadi Rum

Of course, one of the most beautiful sights in all of the Middle East not to be missed in Jordan are the sands of Wadi Rum. The rolling hills of red-hued sand stretches for kilometers and will take your breathe away. The Rum villages are popular with other tourists but if you get a bit away from the main strips you’ll get to see much of the natural Bedouin life as it has been for centuries. Wandering around this area, particularly if you’ve got a hotel or hostel to leave your gear in is an excellent way to see more of the local culture than you ever could otherwise.

  • Backpacking in Petra and visiting the site is simply one of the most extraordinary wonders in all of the world, not just the Middle East. Organized tours can be easily found to the area that has become a bustling tourist attraction. The main draw of course is Petra itself, are the dwellings built right into the surrounding rocks. Petra was created around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean people and has now become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Petra is worth at least 2 days, but be sure to budget for it as it is more expensive than most of the other parts of Jordan. The increased tourism and traffic to the area has allowed for inflated prices, some of which you can avoid by coming during the off-peak months of early spring or late fall. Jordan is an inexpensive, easily traveled, and varied destination for backpackers and budget travelers we highly recommend as part of a Middle East adventure or on its own as a single trip. Jordan won’t disappoint you.

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