We had had a busy morning, exploring Little Petra and driving to Wadi Rum’s desert, in the south of Jordan. The husband and I were looking forward to taking a jeep ride in the desert and sleeping in a traditional Bedouin camp. The Cub was also excited – she was really keen to meet some camels!
Many people get in and out of Petra in a day. If you’ve got a little more time on your hands then there are a couple of extra things to see in Wadi Musa and the surrounding area. We’d recommend staying for at least a couple of nights to see Petra By Night and explore Little Petra if you possibly can.
Is there anyone who grew up in the 80s who managed to miss Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? This classic adventure romp has to be most people’s introduction to Petra. In the most memorable scene, desperately trying to find the Holy Grail, our eponymous hero rides through a narrow canyon at breakneck speed before bursting out in front of an imposing pillared temple cut into the walls of a cliff.
The eight-year-old me was enchanted by this scene.
Jordan may be a Muslim-majority country but you’ll find that there are large Christian communities who live peacefully here, mainly in the towns of Madaba and Al-Kerak. Many of the Old Testament Bible stories are set in Jordan, so there are plenty of sacred sites in Jordan that Christians may want to visit on a pilgrimage.
Our second day in Jordan dawned slightly cooler and greyer than the first. We had another early start, but as we’d had such a fantastic first day in Jordan we had high hopes for the day ahead. Bleary-eyed, we hauled ourselves out of bed, keen to see as much of Amman as we could before leaving for the Dead Sea that afternoon.
The husband and I were super excited about floating in the Dead Sea – it was a bucket list must-do for both of us. However, it didn’t really turn out as we hoped…
Did you know that some of the world’s best preserved Roman ruins are not in Italy, but in Jordan? Then you know more than I did when we went on our family trip to Jordan! Jordan’s other ancient attractions have to live in the shadow of the mighty Petra, and so not many people have heard of them. We spent a long but utterly fascinating day visiting some of these wonderful, but lesser-known sights.
We have just returned from our first adventure abroad as a family of four. In a moment of madness, we booked a tour of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. To say that we were nervous beforehand was an understatement.