Culture and Nature on The Jordan Trail


Experience culture and nature on The Jordan Trail. March of 2017 Jordan opened a 650-km hiking trail connecting the length of Jordan from Um Qais in the north to Aqaba in the south.  Known as The Jordan Trail, this trek across country, allows you to experience the ancient trade routes of the country. For thousands of years, ancient paths and trade routes have cut across the land that today constitutes the state of Jordan.

Jordan was the center of the King’s Highway, a trade route stretching from Egypt to Aqaba, and then north to Damascus. The Moabites, Edomites, and Ammonities used this route, then during the first centuries B.C. the Nabatean merchants extended this route further to Asia and southern Arabia making Jordan a center of their empire.

National Geographic has listed The Jordan Trail as on of its 21 “must-see” places to see in 2018. The trail is also already been billed as the “Inca Trail of the Middle East.” It is also believed that Jesus, Moses, and Mohammed all walked this path in their day. Hikers, historians, culturalists, and naturalists will enjoy the amazing views along the path.

The Jordan Trail

The Jordan Trail

The trail offers 40 days of hiking, over more than 650 kilometers of trail, and traveling through 52 villages and towns on its way. If the entire journey seems too daunting it is divided into eight separate sections. The trek leads through Jordanian forests, canyons, deserts, and along the shores of the Red Sea.  You can chose just one section of the trail, many sections, or the entire hike. Along the trial overnights can be spent at guesthouses, in local’s homes, and at Bedouin campsites.

The ancient city of Petra is the crown jewel along the route. The six-day journey from Dana to Petra is one of the most popular portions of the trail. This portion of route spans the rise and fall of the some of the world’s most luxurious empires, yet it’s flush with cultural and traditions as vibrant today as they were generations ago.

Petra, the rose-red ancient city in the mountains, is one of the greatest wonders wrought by nature and by man.   The area covers over 65 acres of land and is considered a tourism and archaeological site. The area encompasses a breathtaking landscape, with its focus being the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, which was carved into the rock over 2,000 years ago.


Editor’s note: Join Original World and travel to Jordan to see a portion of the Jordan Trail and experience the magnificent pink-hued rock city. It is said that nothing can prepare one for the true stunning experience of Petra.  Tour Jordan and Israel April 24-May 14, 2018 or October 23-November 12, 2018 to witness the Ancient Civilizations of the Middle East and immerse in ancient biblical lands, bask in the immense beauty, and explore charming villages.

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