A stunning safe haven replete with postcard-worthy desert landscapes, weathered sandstone cliffs, and a slew of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it’s not hard to understand why Jordan tops the bucket lists of adventure enthusiasts across the globe. Visitors flock to this Arab nation to soak in its ancient monuments, welcoming hospitality, and natural wonders. Home to one of the most impressive hiking routes in the world, the newly opened Jordan Trail allows travelers to traverse the 400-mile path from north to south, passing through dense pine forests, steep wadis (or valleys), and boundless deserts. While experienced trekkers can explore the trail on their own, it’s recommended to partner with a trusted operator, like Experience Jordan Adventures, which employs the best local guides. Other highlights include Petra, the archaeological site teeming with heart-stirring caves, temples, and tombs; Wadi Rum, a protected desert wilderness in southern Jordan; and the Dead Sea, also known as the lowest point on earth. The Adventure Travel Trade Association has also selected the destination to play host for their upcoming AdventureNEXT Near East conference, indicating the country is poised to become a leading adventure destination.
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