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1. Stargaze and unwind in Dana Biosphere Reserve

Stars in the clear sky of Dana Biosphere Reserve.
Relax and observe the stars in the Dana Biosphere Reserve.

One of the best things to do in Jordan is stargazing. Visit the Dana Biosphere Reserve to experience this celestial spectacle. The reserve offers a pristine night sky, untouched by urban light pollution, a perfect setting for stargazing. As the sun sets, the sky transforms into a breathtaking display of stars, planets, and constellations. The Milky Way sprawls across the heavens, casting a luminous trail. With expert guides and telescopes, visitors can explore the intricate details of the celestial bodies.

Alternative destinations:

  • Wadi Rum: With its vast desert expanse and minimal light pollution, Wadi Rum is a great alternative to Dana Biosphere Reserve for stargazing. Here, the Milky Way stretches its luminescent arms across the heavens and shoots stars steak by in a beautiful dance.
  • Azraq Wetland Reserve: Away from the urban lights, Azraq Wetland Reserve provides one of the best conditions for stargazing. Watch the stars and constellations sprawl across the velvety expanse in a mesmerizing celestial display.

Best time: September to April offers clearer skies, pleasant temperatures with reduced haze, less rain and minimal cloud cover. Opt for the new moon phase for optimal visibility of celestial objects.

2. Explore the ancient city of Petra

Rocky wall at Petra, Jordan.
Explore the honeycombed landscape of the magnificent tombs and soaring sandstone cliffs of Petra.
The Arch of Hadrian at Jerash in Jordan.
Jerash is considered one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture.

Exploring the lost city of Petra is undeniably one of the top things to do in Jordan, offering visitors an immersive journey into ancient history and architectural marvels. Carved into rose-hued cliffs by the Nabateans over 2,000 years ago, Petra stands as a testament to human ingenuity and craftsmanship. Wander through the ancient streets, marvel at the intricate rock-cut architecture, and imagine life in the once-thriving city. Petra’s timeless beauty and historical significance make it an essential destination for travelers eager to delve into the secrets of the past and witness the awe-inspiring legacy left by its ancient inhabitants.

Alternative destinations:

  • Jersah: Perhaps the largest and best-preserved Roman city outside of Italy, you do not have to be a history buff to find Jerash fascinating. A trip to Jerash lends visitors an extraordinary insight into life 2000 years ago, with its colonnaded roadways, temples, theaters, and bathhouses. Just beyond the present-day city of Jerash are the ruins of the fortified Greco-Roman hamlet known as Gerasa. These include the Hadrian's Arch from the second century, the Corinthian Columns from the Temple of Artemis, and the enormous oval colonnade of the Forum.
  • Amman: Jordan’s capital city, Amman, dates back to the 13th century BC. Dive into history's embrace as you explore the ancient wonders of Jerash, a gem of Roman civilization, while on your Amman tour. Wander through its well-preserved streets, where echoes of the past resonate through colonnaded avenues, temples, and grand theaters. Beyond Jerash lies Gerasa, a fortified Greco-Roman enclave adorned with architectural marvels like Hadrian's Arch and the Corinthian Columns of the Temple of Artemis. Immerse yourself in the legacy of a bygone era, where every stone tells a tale of splendor and antiquity in Jordan's capital city, Amman.
  • Umm Qais: Once known as Gadara, Umm Qais offers a captivating glimpse into Greco-Roman civilization. Stroll along its ancient streets adorned with remnants of grand colonnades and theaters, each whispering tales of past glory. Explore the ruins of temples and bathhouses, and marvel at the panoramic vistas overlooking the Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights. Delve into history’s embrace at Um Qais, where the echoes of antiquity resonate with every step.

Best time: The winter months (September to November) are the most atmospheric time to visit because of the reduced crowd numbers. Spring (March to May) is also a great time to visit, as the temperature is moderate during this time.

3. Relax in the Dead Sea

A girl reading a book while floating in the dead sea.
Relax and float amidst the famous Dead Sea enjoying the serenity of the desert.

Yes, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on the Earth’s surface, but it is more than just a geographical wonder. One of the fun things to do in Jordan is floating in the Dead Sea. Its high salt levels, almost ten times that of the ocean, offer an incredible buoyancy, so much so that you simply float in its waters. What's more, its mineral-rich waters and mud are hailed for their healing properties. So get ready to relax and get mucky when you visit the Dead Sea.

Best time: Spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) have the most comfortable temperatures for swimming in the Dead Sea. September and October have the least rainfall but these months see a huge uptick in visitor numbers and prices.

Insider's tip: Do not dive or soak your head (or face) when at the Dead Sea. And if you have open cuts, avoid the waters. And remember, do not shave or wax the day you are planning to bathe in the Dead Sea.

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4. Canyoning Fun in Wadi Mujib

Canyon of Wadi Mujib in amazing golden light colors.
Enjoy canyoning among the breathtaking rock walls of Wadi Mujib.

Canyoning is the ideal activity for thrill-seekers to enjoy the splendor of Jordan's best and most impressive canyons. Explore the secret gorges and rappel, jump, and descend through waterfalls. Canyoning among the breathtaking rock walls of Wadi Mujib is one of the best things to do in Jordan. There are trails suitable for beginners through experienced canyoners.

Best time: Most of the top trails are only open between April and October. So make plans accordingly.

5. Camel Safari in Wadi Rum

Camels in Petra, Jordan
Explore the ancient city of Petra while enjoying a camel ride.
Camels riding in Wadi Rum desert, Jordan.
Enjoy camel riding in the deserts of Wadi Rum.

Taking a camel safari is one of the most fun things to do in South Jordan. Unlike a 4x4 safari, riding these majestic desert ships allows you to forge a deep connection with the land, tracing ancient paths through towering sandstone cliffs and vast red dunes. Explore hidden valleys and unearth the secrets of Wadi Rum as Bedouin guides lead the way, sharing their intimate knowledge of this enchanting terrain.

Alternative destinations:

  • Petra: This UNESCO World Heritage Site, is no stranger to camel trains, having been a significant base for the Bedouin tribe for hundreds of years. Draped in hand-weaved fabrics, the tribe’s camels can be picked up outside the famed Treasury building, from where they head towards the Qsar el Bint (the Temple of Dushares), exploring Petra’s finest structures along the way.
  • Dana Biosphere Reserve: Renowned for its pristine wilderness and ecological significance, the Dana Biosphere Reserve offers a unique setting for camel safari enthusiasts. This reserve’s distinctiveness lies in its diverse landscapes, ranging from rugged mountains to sweeping desert vistas, providing a captivating backdrop for camel treks.

Best time: The best time for camel safari is during spring (March to May) or fall (September to November). During the summer, the temperature in these parts can hit 40°C, while the winter is close to freezing.

6. Glamping in Wadi Rum

Glamping in Wadi Rum, Jordan
While glamping in Wadi Rum, take in the stars over the surrounding environment and mountains.

If Wadi Rum’s camel safaris do not interest you, how about an altogether more luxurious way to take in the region — glamping. One of the newest activities in Jordan, glamping in Wadi Rum allows you to have the full desert experience whilst nestled in perfectly finished Bedouin and bubble tents.

Best time: The desert heat dictates that the best time to enjoy a night of glamping at Wadi Rum is either from March to May or from September to November.

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7. Stand on Mount Nebo

An old monastery at Mount Nebo,Jordan.
Visit Mount Nebo, where you will find the viewing platform, Moses Memorial Church, and the Serpent Statue.

It is not the highest peak in Jordan (which is Jebel Um Adaami), but Mount Nebo is both religiously and culturally important to Jordanians. Said to be the summit from where the prophet Moses was granted a view of the promised land. The trek to the top provides views right across the region, from the Jordan Valley to Jericho and even Jerusalem.

Best time: Most people visit Mount Nebo between April and October, although the mountain is open year-round.

8. Scuba Diving in Aqaba

A man scuba diving in Aqaba.
Enjoy scuba diving in Aqaba during your visit to Jordan.

Scuba diving in Aqaba, Jordan’s coastal gem, provides an amazing opportunity to discover the bright underwater Red Sea treasures. Aqaba offers an unparalleled diving experience because to its varied coral reefs teaming with tropical fish, underwater life like moray eels and sea turtles. Divers of all skill levels can enjoy the Red Sea’s superb clarity, mild temperatures throughout the year, and variety of diving locations, including the Japanese Garden and Yamaneh Coral Garden.

Best time: October and November are the best months for diving in the Red Sea. These months see warm waters and the best underwater visibility.

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9. Scale the Adventure by Rock Climbing

Two tourists hiking in the deserts of Wadi Rum
Hike through the deserts of Wadi Rum as its blend of sandy floors and rocky outcrops offers almost unlimited possibilities.

With more than 350 rock-climbing sites, Jordan is the ultimate playground for rock climbers. Get ready to harness up, reach new heights, and explore a new side of Jordan’s wonders. Whether you are a professional climber, an enthusiast or a curious adventurer, Jordan offers plenty of climbing sites to suit your skill level.

Recommended destinations:

  • Wadi Rum: Also known as the Valley of the Moon, Wadi Rum is a Unesco World Heritage Site and a popular rock climbing destination. Its dramatic sandstone mountains and vast desert landscape provide a unique setting for climbing. Various routes are available for climbers of all skill levels. Some of the most popular routes include “The Beauty” and “The Beast.”
  • Petra: Petra is renowned for its ancient architecture carved into rose-red cliffs, but it also offers rock climbing opportunities. Climbing the sandstone cliffs around Petra can be an exciting way to experience this historic site from a different perspective. The “Monastery” and the “High Place of Sacrifice” are two notable climbing areas in Petra.
  • Aqaba Mountains: Rising abruptly from the Red Sea coastline, the rugged Aqaba Mountains offer a rock climbing paradise with their towering sandstone formations. Wadis like Ghumeir, Yutm, and Araba have become playgrounds for climbers, etched with routes ranging from beginner-friendly top-ropes to multi-pitch test pieces.
  • Wadi Mujib: Wadi Mujib's towering sandstone canyon walls offer world-class traditional climbing, with splitter cracks and corners on solid stone providing single to multi-pitch marathons up to 200 meters ranging from 5.10 to brutal 5.12 off widths, requiring navigating deep pools and canyoning for the adventurous approach through stunning scenery.

Best time: The best times to visit are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather conditions are mild.

10. Explore the Holy Baptism Site Bethany Beyond Jordan

The sight where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist at Bethany Beyond th
Visit the sight where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist at Bethany Beyond the Jordan.

Nestled amidst the serene landscapes along the eastern bank of the Jordan River, this hallowed sanctuary invites pilgrims and visitors to walk in the footsteps of biblical history. Baptism Site 'Bethany Beyond Jordan is a holy site, imbued with spiritual significance, offers a profound connection to biblical history and a place for reflection, renewal, and prayer. Its tranquil setting amidst the natural beauty of the Jordan River adds the sense of sacredness and reverence that permeates the sites, making it a place of pilgrimage, prayer, and contemplation for people from all around the world.

Alternative destinations:

  • Qasr Al- Yahud: Hop across the Israeli border into the West Bank to explore Qasr Al- Yahud, a national park that shares the site’s history. It also has a visitor center to help travelers explain the site’s religious importance in more detail.
  • Madaba: Madaba is revered as a holy place due to its rich Christian heritage, historical significance, and numerous churches, making it a center for pilgrimage and cultural exploration. From the stunning mosaic map of the Holy Land to the ancient churches scattered throughout the city, Madaba offers a unique glimpse into the region’s past.

Best time: April to May and October to November are the best times to visit, as the weather is mild and the crowds are thin.

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11. Hike the Beautiful Landscape of Petra

A hiker enjoying the view of Jordan's desert.
Experience the beauty of Jordan's natural landscape as you hike through the vast desert, enjoying unparalleled vistas along the way.

Hiking in Jordan is an invitation to discover the stunning landscapes and immerse yourself in a world of natural wonders. Hike along ancient Nabatean paths amidst towering sandstone cliffs and hidden valleys, discovering the hidden wonders of this Unesco World Heritage Site. Begin your adventure at the Siq, a narrow gorge leading to the iconic Treasury, then explore the winding trails to marvel at the intricately carved facades of the Royal Tombs and the Monastery. For the adventurous, ascend to the High Place of Sacrifice or hike the challenging AI-Khubtha Trail for panoramic views of the ancient city below.

Recommended destinations:

  • Wadi Mujib: Wadi Mujib invites thrill-seekers to tackle its dramatic gorge. Navigate the Siq Trail, wading through water streams, to get to stunning waterfalls and pools. This is an exhilarating fusion of hiking and aquatic exploration— perfect for those seeking a dose of adrenaline on their Jordan trip.
  • Dana Biosphere Reserve:  The Dana Biosphere Reserve offers an intimate connection with nature. Hike through mountains, canyons, valleys, and plains, encountering diverse flora and fauna. This reserve is a sanctuary for nature enthusiasts.

Best season: The best time to explore Jordan's hiking trails is during the cooler months, from October to April. This period offers pleasant temperatures, making it ideal for both comfortable hiking and fully appreciating the stunning surroundings.

12. DELIGHT IN AMMAN'S CUISINE AND IMMERSE IN LOCAL CULTURE

Jordan dishes and assorted breads, meats, rice in the table.
Enjoy a light snack of bread dipped in zayt and za'atar, a delightful Middle Eastern herb with spices and sesame seeds layered on a dough basis and baked as bread.

In the heart of Jordan lies its capital city Amman, inviting visitors to explore its rich cultural heritage and of course, exquisite Jordanian dishes. Amidst the tempting aromas of street-side falafel and a diverse array of mezze, you will find echoes of Middle Eastern heritage, Levantine fusion, Bedouin customs, and the legacy of the Ottoman Empire. As you relish these flavors and embrace genuine local hospitality, you will discover a symphony of experiences that intertwine with the whispers of ancient civilizations.

Must try dishes:

  • Indulge in Jordan's national dish, mansaf, a feast for the senses. Slow-cooked lamb, fragrant rice, and tangy jameed (dried yogurt) sauce create a symphony of tastes. Shared with loved ones, this dish symbolizes hospitality and unity.
  • Amman's streets come alive with the crisp and savory allure of falafel. These golden-brown chickpea fritters offer a delightful crunch on the outside and a tender interior bursting with flavors. Served in pita pockets or as part of mezze platters, falafel is a vegetarian delight that captures the essence of Jordan's culinary heritage.
  • Conclude your culinary exploration with knafeh, a dessert masterpiece. Layers of thin pastry, sweet syrup, and melted cheese create a symphony of textures and tastes that linger, offering a sweet note to your Amman experience.

Best time: All day, every day! However, the spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) seasons are particularly appealing as the temperatures are pleasant, allowing you to wander through local markets, enjoy outdoor dining, and partake in various festivals and events.

13. RELAX IN THE THERAPEUTIC HOT SPRINGS AND WATERFALLS OF MA’IN

ma'in hot springs in Jordan in November
Located about 75 kilometers south of Amman, the Hammamat Ma'in hot springs are famous for being a popular bathing spot for Herod the Great and the Romans.

Unwind in Ma’in therapeutic hot springs and waterfalls, nestled among the rugged landscape of Jordan. These geothermal springs, rich in curative minerals, offer relief for arthritis and skin alignments. Marvel at the 70-meter “Hammamat Ma’in” waterfall cascading into serene tiered pools. Relax and rejuvenate in these hot springs while admiring the surrounding landscapes.

Best time: During the cooler months, specifically from October to April when the temperatures are more comfortable and pleasant to enjoy the soothing waters of the hot springs.

Overall view of the top things to do in Jordan

Activity Location Description
Stargaze and unwind
  • Dana Biosphere Reserve
  • Wadi Rum
  • Azraq Wetland Reserve
Experience the beauty of the star-laden night sky.
Explore the ancient city
  • Petra
  • Jerash
  • Amman
  • Umm Qais
Discover the ancient ruins , temples, theaters, and cities carved into rock cliffs.
Relax in the Dead Sea
  • Dead Sea
Float effortlessly in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea.
Canyoning fun in Wadi Mujib
  • Wadi Mujib
Navigate through breathtaking canyons and waterfalls.
Camel safari
  • Wadi Rum
  • Petra
  • Dana Biosphere Reserve
Embark on an unforgettable camel adventure in the desert while taking in the breathtaking beauty of Jordan.
Glamping in Wadi Rum
  • Wadi Rum
Experience luxury camping under the stars in the desert.
Stand on Mount Nebo
  • Mount Nebo
Enjoy the panoramic views and visit the biblical site
Scuba diving in Aqaba
  • Aqaba
Dive into vibrant coral reefs and underwater wonders.
Rock climbing
  • Wadi Rum
  • Petra
  • Aqaba Mountains
  • Wadi Mujib
Scale rock formations and cliffs in the iconic desert landscapes.
Explore the holy site
  • Bethany Beyond the Jordan
  • Madaba
Visit religious landmarks and learn about Jordan’s past.
Hiking
  • Petra
  • Wadi Mujib
  • Dana Biosphere Reserve
Traverse scenic trails and witness the diverse natural beauty of the Jordan.
Delight in Amman’s cuisine
  • Amman
Indulge in traditional Jordanian dishes and culinary delights
Relax in the therapeutic hot springs and waterfalls
  • Ma’in Hot Springs
Rejuvenate in natural hot springs amidst stunning landscapes.

More For Your Plans to Jordan Trip

If you are an adventurous traveler seeking an immersive experience in a country rich in culture, natural beauty, and adventure activities, then you should definitely plan a trip to Jordan. From hiking through the beautiful landscapes of Petra to exploring the local markets, there are so many things to do in Jordan.

Curious about the ideal duration to explore all that Jordan has to offer? Our comprehensive travel guide provides insights into how many days to spend in Jordan, offering a range of ideas to suit your preferences. Additionally, you can find a seasonal overview highlighting the best times to visit Jordan, taking into account the weather and local festivities. For more structured travel plans, you can explore our recommended tour itineraries:

If you are considering a personalized Jordan itinerary tailored to your interests and preferences, our local travel experts are here to assist you with a customized trip to Jordan. They can craft a customized itinerary that aligns with your desires and helps you make the most of your time in Jordan.

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Published by Astha Joshi, updated on June 5, 2024
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