The most visited country in the Middle East after Egypt, Jordan has always left all travelers breathless and surprised for having several world-class touristic attractions, from the desert of the Wadi Rum to Petra, the Dead Sea, the impressive Roman ruins of Jerash and a strong Bedouin culture.
Jordan is an extremely safe, interesting destination, a country you don’t want to miss in your journey through the Middle East.
Capital – Amman
Population – 9.8 million (100th)
Language – Arabic
Visa – A visa on arrival is available for almost 140 nationalities. It costs 40JD (50€).
Jordan Pass – The Jordan Pass is a travel package that includes the cost of the visa plus many attractions in the country, including Petra. It is really worth it. Learn more about it here.
Safety – Jordan is safe, really. It is a country that managed to have nothing to do with the Middle Eastern conflict and, unlike in Egypt, terrorist attacks are unheard of. For more information, read: Is Jordan safe?
Women – Women will also be safe. Remember that Jordan is a very touristic country, so the locals are used to deal with Western women.
Traveling to Israel and Palestine – Many travelers combine Jordan with Israel and Palestine. The border is friendly and open. Learn more: How to cross from Jordan to Israel
Travel insurance – Remember to always travel with proper travel insurance. I recommend World Nomads for the following reasons:
- It is the only company that covers with an unlimited budget
- It provides coverage for a very big bunch of adventure activities, including trekking in high altitudes
- You can hire it while on the road
5 Top experiences in Jordan – My favorites
- Amazing Petra – One of the 7 World Wonders. Absolutely breathtaking.
- Visit Jerash – Some of the most important Roman ruins outside of Rome.
- Get a mud bath in the Dead Sea – The lowest point on Earth is a salty sea without life.
- Scuba diving in Aqaba – The Red Sea is home to real wonders.
- Wadi Rum – The desert of Lawrence of Arabia.
Accommodation – There is a wide range of accommodation all over the country, including hotels, guest houses, and backpacker hostels.
Money – In Jordan, they use the Jordanian Dinar. It is not a very budget destination but it is cheaper than most European countries.
Transportation – You can travel all around the country in both shared taxis and buses but Jordan is best enjoyed by car. I recommend you rent it via Rental Cars, a search engine that helps you find the best deals in any country and city.