Jordan is a very historical country in the Arab World in western Asia, bordered by Syria to the north, Iraq to the north-east,Israel and the West Bank to the west, and Saudi Arabia to the east and south. It shares with Israel the coastlines of the Dead Sea, and the Gulf of Aqaba with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.
Petra is probably the most famous site in Jordan and is a complete city carved in a mountain. The huge rocks are colourful, mostly pink, and the entrance to the ancient city is through a 1.25 km narrow gorge in the mountain. In the city there are various structures, all (except 2) are carved into rock, including al Khazneh - known as the Treasury. Other major sites of interest in Petra include the Monastery, the Roman theatre, the Royal Tombs, the High Place of Sacrifice.
Amman, which is Jordan's capital, contains a Roman theatre, in addition to several museums, where one may find remains of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The Dead Sea - It is the lowest point on earth, 412 meters below sea level and becomes 1 meter lower each year. It is located near River Jordan.
The diving is centred along a 17 mile stretch of coast at the top of the Gulf of Aqaba. Once, Jordan was a very popular dive destination, but in recent times has been overlooked in favour of other destinations in the Red Sea.
- The Cedar Pride, a Lebanese freighter sunk in 1986 at the wishes of Prince Abdulha (King Hussain's son) as an diving attraction. It is possible to pass under the hull of the ship which lays across two reefs. She has been rapidly colonised by soft corals and is home to several large sea bass, Grouper can often be spotted and she is patrolled by a shoal of barracuda! Martin Edge (Diver Magazine) called this one of the world's best wreck dives.
- The deep wreck of the Taiyong; discovered in 2004, this barge lies at around 50m at the edge of the marine park. The photographic possibilities here are superb.
- Aqaba Marine Park
- A visa is required and can be purchased at the point of entry.
- No inoculations are required, but Hepatitis A and Typhoid are recommended.
- Very hot summers with temperatures hitting 40C+.
|Language:||Arabic, but most European languages are spoken|
|Climate:||Arid. rainy season in West (November to April)|
|Natural hazards:||Droughts and the occasional earthquakes|
|Diving season:||12 months|