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Backpacking for a Jordan Adventure Featured

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* Going on a Jordan adventure: If you are someone who leaps with joy upon the mention of the word "adventure", then this is definitely a piece of information for you. Jordan, a country situated in the middle-east offers one of the finest trekking and backpacking adventure trails running through varied landscapes, from Mediterranean forests to arid deserts. A nation with immense potential in the adventure tourism department, this trek through the iconic landscape into the historic town of Petra will definitely be a walk to remember for an entire lifetime.


* Entering the Jordanian Kingdom: Entry into Jordan is no major issue with the cost for a single visa entry being only 20 JD and multiple entries being around 60 JD for all nationalities with the visa available upon arrival. Groups that have more than five members and under the management of a government certified tour guide are exempted from visa charges provided they stay in Jordan for at least two nights and arrive in the same group. Although certain nationalities may be asked to obtain their visa prior to travel, there are no strict measures as far as the clause of ESTA is concerned.
ESTA is a visa waiver scheme that is required for travels to the USA for all entry points into the nation.

 



* Starting on the trail to Petra from Dana Biosphere Reserve: The best place to start off on the trek towards Petra is the Biosphere Reserve at Dana, which offers an excellent example of Jordan's efforts to setup a sustainable relationship with natives while setting aside the local landscapes. The Dana reserve, built around steep canyons rolling down from the old village to the desert landscape close to the sea level, is a hotspot for bird watchers. The guest house located on top of the cliff and close to the edge of the village is a nice place for accommodation in this ecologically diverse village.




* Feynan Eco-Lodge: It is best to start afresh on the trekking trail on the next day after arrival at Dana. The twelve kilometer hike takes one through all the four layers of Jordan's eco-zones: the Mediterranean zone, the moderate climate of the Iranian zone, the warm atmosphere of the Sudan zone and through the scorching heat in the Sahara zone. This hike down the Wadi Dana that covers four different eco-zones in one day is a really unique experience. Rest at the Feynan eco-lodge in order to relax before setting out on the long camping and hike trail through the desert to Petra.


* Sarah Mountains and Wadi Araba: The trek that follows from the Feynan Eco-lodge is a fifty mile long trail and it takes an average of six days to reach the town of Petra. Starting off, the trail leads into the stone-layered desert of Wadi Araba which once housed mines where Christians under Roman enslavement used to toil. Over the course of this path, the Sarah Mountains stand unerring to the left while the Wadi Araba and Rift Valley remain a constant companion along the right. One is most likely to come across Wadi Barwas, a narrow basalt canyon, by afternoon. This place is a suitable place to set up camp. The next day will be a trek through the mountains along a switch-backing migration route established by the Bedouins that climbs around 2500 feet up to a pass in the Sarah mountains. Over the next couple of days, the trekking path traces itself through the lush and green of the valley of Ras el Feid. The fourth day is a significantly tough trek with the trail leading through the high ranges of the Sarah Mountains. The bizarrely created rock formations near Shkaret Mseid offer for an excellent and secluded spot to set up the resting spot for the night.

 


* Arriving at Little Petra and entering Petra: The fifth day of the trek offers an abrupt transition from the rugged mountains and canyons to the smooth table-top sandstone plateau symbolic of Petra. Aaron's tomb, that can be sighted as a white spot atop a mountain is an indication of approaching the Rose red city. The trail slowly descends on towards the outskirt town of Beidha which offers accommodation and should be considered as the resting spot for the night. This is also where the site of the ancient town of Little Petra is located. The next day, a short trek will put one down safely in the monastery of Petra, one of the iconic tourist spots in the city besides the Treasury. One may feel free to celebrate the end of their journey in style once they reach Petra as all modern amenities are freely available.

 


* Time to visit: For those who are interested in carrying out this adventure trek, it is best advisable that they do so in the period of September to April as the climate is moderate and pleasant enough for a trek during this time. Although places of attraction are aplenty in the Jordanian kingdom, the backpacking adventure that is offered by the trail to Petra can be paralleled to none for all adventure enthusiasts.

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