Despite the short time we stayed, it was possible to get a sense of the surreal beauty of Jordan. The city of Petra, for example, which is in the southern part of the country, is considered one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. If you feel like going there, or are already planning your trip, write down the tips that made a difference for us ?
How to go to Jordan
As we were in Israel and the country is very close, we drove – and that was our first problem. Cars rented in Israel cannot cross the border, there is no point in trying. Who helped us a lot on this path was Hussam Hammad (phone: +96 2795 640 727). He was super friendly and helped us a lot with this perrengue right at the entrance to the country.
If your starting point is Brazil, you will have to make a connection, as there are no direct flights there. Ah, the visa to enter Jordan can be withdrawn on arrival in the country or you can obtain it in advance from the Jordanian consular office in Brazil.
Do you know that sky full of stars that we see in movies? You can get a glimpse of these if you spend a night at Wadi Rum. Paulo and I would not fail to have this experience right in the middle of the desert and it was indescribable!
We stayed at Moon Valley Tourist Camp, a Bedouin tent, and in general we liked everything, but we ended up getting very cold in the morning. A good tip is to try to stay in bubble-style hotels, like the one in the photo, which are often more comfortable than the campsites and have a surreal view of the starry sky. To find out more about accommodations in the Wadi Rum desert just click here.
In other regions of Jordan, you can stay in Ãma – where rates are cheaper – or in Petra. The choice of hotel depends on the style of travel you intend to have, so do a lot of research on regions and accommodation before making a decision ?
When to go
Jordan has a desert climate, so temperatures tend to be extreme in both summer and winter. As the summer is low season due to the heat, the prices are better. This is a good option, right?
The seasons with the most pleasant climate are between April / May and September / October, because they correspond to spring and autumn. Plan your trip well to know what the weather will be like at the time, because it influences how you will enjoy the tours!
NOTE: if you want to go to Wadi Rum and spend a night there, be prepared for even more extreme temperatures. During the day you will get hot and the night is very, very cold.
I had a culture shock when I arrived in Israel and it was no different in Jordan – in fact, it was much more intense. The way they dress and even behave is very different from ours. Although I don’t like to say that at all, I confess that as a woman I didn’t feel as comfortable as I did in Israel. I think that if I were alone this feeling would have intensified, you know?
Another thing we learned was to always negotiate! Things can be quite expensive over there, so be sure to ask for a lower price. They are great about commerce, but they are super insistent. On our day in Petra, Paulo and I were walking through the region and, along the way, several people insisted that we go horseback riding. I think it’s important to warn to show that this is very common there.
Get ready to eat lots of hummus, falafel, mansaf and shawarma! The foods there are very typical and, as much as you have already eaten these dishes here in Brazil, the original recipes and without interventions will surprise your palate.
Everything is very tasty and there are options for all tastes. Many things are made from vegetables and vegetables, which is great for vegetarians. I had an amazing hummus at the Red Cave Restaurant and I recommend it too much for you to try the food there.
This is one of the most important tips! The Jordan Pass acts as an access to several tourist attractions and is valid for up to 3 days, depending on what you choose to buy. You save a lot when buying this ticket because you don’t have to pay for each attraction – it covers more than 40 of them, even the most famous ones.
However, the ticket is not so beneficial for those who stay a day or two in the country. Paulo and I, for example, were unable to pass many points and we still had to pay an extra fee for having stayed less than three nights there.
Wadi Rum is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, I swear! We camel across the desert and the scenery was incredible. For you to have an idea, the only noise from the place was that of our movements and conversations. The rock formations are sandstone stones and in no other desert in the world do you find the mixture of these stones with sand and a reddish scenery like this.
To find out more about amazing spots at Wadi Rum, just click here.
It is impossible to try to explain how Petra is a wonderful city. To get there, you can choose to walk through the Siq Strait or go with a kind of buggy. Paulo and I chose the first option because we wanted to take it easy and observe the place without haste – and we recommend it, see?
This strait takes you to The Treasury, a huge building carved in stone. Along the way you also come across some equally incredible tombs and amphitheater. Thinking that people have spent years devoting themselves to sculpting something so grand makes the place even more impressive.
As always, you can see the vlogs of the trip and check out our complete itinerary. Who knows, they might make you want to visit the country even more?