Backpacking Jordan: the trip of a lifetime on a budget

For us, Jordan is the most under-rated travel destination in the world.

Few other countries - with a wonder of the world like Petra - fly under the radar like Jordan does. Backpacking Jordan should be high on any traveller’s list.

The great news is that Jordan is very quiet outside of a few peak months of the year. You can even take in The Treasury in Petra with no one else around if you plan it well enough!

The main concern for the budget traveller is that Jordan is certainly no Thailand. It is a lot more expensive and it is a lot harder to put an itinerary together. Outside of the cities, there are very few budget hotels (let alone hostels) and even those that can be pricey.

However, with careful planning and open eyes, backpacking Jordan on a tight budget is possible.

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Backpacking Jordan - Know before you go

Being flexible about when you will go and having a plan will be the best way to reduce the cost of a trip when backpacking in Jordan. With some savvy planning, you can save quite a bit.

That’s where we’re here to help. We planned our trip at the cheapest and least crowded time of year and it made a huge difference to our experience. We have had people email us who couldn’t understand how we had places like The Treasury all to ourselves after they had visited during peak season.

Here’s what you need to do before your arrive to ensure you save money.


Now is the time to go!

Whilst Jordan is one of the most expensive countries we’ve travelled in this year, or in fact ever, just go. It is one of the greatest trips of our lives and we wish everyone had the chance to experience its magic.

However, it is only going to get busier. The Syrian War put a lot of people off, but as that is drawing to a close people are beginning to gradually return. Ryanair have also announced several flights from Europe, which will only make the place more popular with every year that passes!


Visa - Get the Jordan Pass

The first big saving is buying the Jordan Pass online before you arrive (you can’t get it at the airport). Click here to check it out.

The Jordan Pass covers the price of the visa, entry to major sights and will save you a lot in total. If you don’t have the Jordan pass, the visa alone costs $60 USD. When you add a 1 day entry to Petra ($71 USD) you’ll have spent $131 USD before you’ve seen anywhere else.

If you buy the Jordan Pass, you get the visa, entry to Petra for 1 day for $99 USD in total. You also get entry to Wadi Rum, Jerash, Kerak Castle and a lot of other places included in that pass, saving you even more!

If you want to stay in Petra for 2 days, the Jordan Pass will cost $106 USD and $113 USD for a 3 day trip (which gives a 4th day free).

In the course of the trip, the pass could easily save $100 USD



Or get the free visa for arrivals in Aqaba

If you are thinking of only visiting Petra, then arriving via Aqaba may be a choice to consider.

Jordan doesn’t charge a Visa fee for arrivals in the Red Sea Port, so if you are planning a trip with entry via Aqaba then the Jordan Pass may not be necessary, especially if you don’t plan on staying long.


Best time to go backpacking in Jordan

The difference in the number of tourists between peak and off-peak season in Jordan is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. You can go from thousands of people visiting Petra per day, to just a few hundred in a matter of weeks.

We strongly advise travelling in off-peak season.

It is not just the crowds. Travelling in off-season will allow you to travel without having to have all your accommodation booked in advance. Not only does this give you flexibility with your itinerary, but it will mean you can haggle for better prices, even in rural areas.

This is difficult in peak season (March - May, September - November) as the cheaper accommodation can sell out a long way in advance. The massive increase in people visiting can mean crowds in the major places which would be annoying when you’re trying to get that perfect shot of Petra and a tour group has camped in front waving their selfie sticks.

This will be particularly bad during Easter so avoid this time if you can.


Give Ramadan a go

At first we were nervous about travelling during Ramadan but we soon learnt it was our saving grace. If you’re willing to compromise on the time of your dinner and the availability of lunch, try visiting during Ramadan. The word scares the vast majority of travellers from visiting, but those who do will find the country even quieter.

We assumed that a lot of places would close and that nowhere served lunch. We were completely wrong, as the majority of Jordanians are aware of tourists and can’t afford not to make a living for a whole month. Of course you have to be sensitive. We tried not to eat in public where possible but we actually found that Jordanians - famous for their hospitality - positively encourage you to eat. They even offer to make you tea when they cannot drink it.

Ramadan is actually a really interesting time to visit too as there’s a festival feeling around the country. Dinners every night become a coming together of families and communities - even in restaurants - as people wait for the sun to set and break the day’s fast together. We found this a wonderful ritual to participate in.

Some of our favourite memories of Jordan were the dinners when there was a real buzz.


To hire a car or not?

So hiring a car doesn’t sound very like something you’d do on a backpacking trip! But hear us out.

Getting the bus around Jordan is the cheapest way to travel but it’s not the most convenient. The infrastructure between the major sights is pretty good, but outside of that it gets trickier. If you aren’t so fussed about getting out of the major tourist sites, this won’t be so much of a issue though.

However, the problems start to mount up when you want to go to the public beach at the Dead Sea, the Siq Trail in Wadi Mujib or anywhere in Dana as none of these are accessible without your own vehicle or an expensive taxi ride.

If you are planning to go to any of these places, then it is well worth checking the price of a car, especially if you can split the cost with others. At $20 USD a day (and cheap petrol) it may be more than a bus, but it is pretty great value! It will also allow you to go anywhere and stop any time on your own schedule (rather than a bus timetable), something we value highly.

Most hotels offer free parking as well. We never paid for parking anywhere in the entire country!

The only area where we don’t advice getting a car is Amman where it’s a bit of a maze and driving standards leave a lot to be desired.

Driving in Jordan is pretty simple as a lot of the roads outside of the cities are really quiet. You should be vigilant as a lot of drivers love nothing more than overtaking on blind corners, but it is nothing in comparison to driving in countries like India.

Just be prepared for the speed bumps on the highway!

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Backpacking Jordan Itinerary

A lot backpackers choose a G Adventures tour as they know the accommodation and transport costs before even arriving.

Whilst this can give some peace of mind, the tours frequently focus on the obvious and main draws, rushing you through them at a pace that may be too fast to take it all in.

We believe you can travel Jordan for cheaper, independently and see some of the off the beaten track sights without the tour bus.

Read next: A 10 day epic itinerary that covers the best of Jordan

Planning the route

The majority of people start their trip by flying into Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, but you can also fly into Aqaba (especially if you want to avoid the visa fee).

The distances in Jordan are very small (the biggest journey we made was four hours) so you can comfortably do a loop and see a lot without having covered huge distances.

Whilst it would be a very fast pace, you could cover a lot of Jordan in a week (we took almost a month, but spent several days in every area). The route we’d would recommend doing would be:

Amman -> Dead Sea (including Wadi Mujib) -> Dana -> Wadi Rum -> Petra -> Madaba

You can add on places such as Jerash, Kerak and Aqaba, but we would consider them as “if you have extra time and money” places.


The Jordan Bucket List

Here are the activities we think have to be included in any itinerary for Jordan. These are the experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime.

  • The Treasury in Petra - a true wonder of the World.

  • Wadi Mujib - an opportunity to hike through a river in a stunning canyon. Unlike anything we’ve ever done and a true wonder of Jordan.

  • Exploring Wadi Rum - Relive Lawrence of Arabia or Matt Damon trying to grow potatoes on Mars in the same place! This incredible red desert is beautiful and full of history.

  • Floating in the Dead Sea - The only place we’ve been to where you physically cannot sink! A strange but amazing sensation.

  • The Canyon in Dana - Want to know Jordan’s best kept secret? Dana’s epic canyon would be the highlight of any other country, but everyone else is too busy going to Petra just 40km away. This is some of the best hiking and landscapes in Jordan (and that’s saying something).

  • Bedouin Tea - Some archeologists we met described Bedouin tea as “Type 2 Tea” for it’s insane sugar content, but the experience of sitting down with the bedouins and sharing tea is memorable, even you don’t speak the same language. We hate sugar in tea normally but it just so happens that Bedouin tea is delicious.

Read next: Unmissable places to visit in Jordan


Backpacking Amman

Most trips to Jordan start in Amman due to its proximity to Queen Alia Airport. It’s a short bus ride away and the buses run every half hour and cost only $3.50 USD.

People at airport will try to convince you that it will take you ages on the bus and that you should take a taxi but if you aren’t pushed for time hold fast and take the bus.

Amman’s a great place to start in Jordan as you get a glimpse of the modern culture and diverse history of Jordan.

Amman distances from everywhere else

  • Queen Alia Airport - 45 minutes

  • Madaba - 1 hour

  • Dead Sea - 1 hour

  • Wadi Mujib - 1 hour 10

  • Dana - 2 hours 30

  • Petra (Wadi Musa) - 3 hours

  • Wadi Rum - 4 hours

  • Aqaba - 4 hours

Accomodation

The capital is also the cheapest place for accommodation and food in the whole of Jordan. If you stretch your budget, you may even be able to get a private room for $20 USD per night (we can’t promise it will be the nicest room you’ve ever had!).

There are two decent hostels for backpackers wanting a dorm in Amman. Nomad’s hotel is really central and a short stroll from Hashems for dinner! It gets rave reviews and is the pick of the bunch.

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Another good option is Jordan Tower Hotel. It’s closer to the amphitheatre and the Citadel, but a bit further from the food downtown.

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Booking.com

Getting around

So long as you pick accommodation that is based in downtown Amman, getting around is pretty simple. You can walk to a lot of the main attractions or get a taxi (they rarely cost more than 1-2 JD - $2-3 USD - per journey).

We found that walking was the best way to see a lot of the city in a short space of time.

Food

We loved the food in Amman. It wasn’t just tasty and cheap, but it was a fun activity too. As there aren’t many “tourist” restaurants outside of the hotels, you’ll get a chance to rub shoulders with the locals and eat authentic and great tasting Jordanian food.

Our top pick is Hashem’s, an institution in Amman. For a few dollars, you’ll get a plate full of great tasting falafel, flat breads, hummous and all kinds of other treats.

Lined up on the street, you take a seat and watch the plates come by (it’s kinda like Jordanian Dim Sum). You can feel fit to burst for less than $5 USD per person.

In Ramadan this place has a really great festival atmosphere.

 

Our other favourite was Cairo Restaurant near the Grand Hossein Mosque. Whilst this isn’t al-fresco like Hashem, you’ll still be able to get a local buzz and a bit of a broader menu.

I had the roast chicken and a few other dishes which were a little more than Hashem, but not going to break the bank. You can try local specialities such as goat head (if you dare) but if you’re looking for cheap the chicken and rice was a great bet.

 

Things to do in Amman

Other than the street food, the main attractions in Amman are the historical sites. The best place to start is the Amphitheatre.

Here you’ll see some of the Romans influence on Jordan, the Romans colonised Jordan due to its significance with trade routes. The amphitheatre is a remaining legacy - a huge structure that still stands out in a densely populated and compact city.

Entry is 2 JD (about $3.50 USD). The ticket also gets you entry into the two slightly creepy museums, full of mannequins and traditional bedouin scenes. If you are really tight on budget you can see quite a bit of the amphitheatre from around the city without paying to get in.

The next place to head to is the Citadel, more leftover artefacts from the Romans who built this impressive site in the most dominating position in the city.

The reason we love the Citadel isn’t just the temples and remains that are there, but the views of the surrounding city. From this huge hill you can get a perfect juxtaposition of the more modern Jordan against the more ancient side of the city.

Entry is 3 JD (about $4.50 USD), but if you’ve bought the Jordan Pass it’s free. The best time to go is towards the end of the day when it’s quieter and you’ll get a nice sunset view.

Read next: The Citadel - the best place to start your trip to Amman


Backpacking Madaba

The reason most people go to Madaba is because driving a car in Amman is terrifying and Madaba is close to the airport. Whilst Madaba has a few things to explore, it doesn’t quite offer the experience that Amman does.

Madaba distances from everywhere else

  • Amman - 1 hour

  • Queen Alia Airport - 45 minutes

  • Dead Sea - 1 hour

  • Wadi Mujib - 1 hour 10

  • Dana - 2 hours 30

  • Petra (Wadi Musa) - 3 hours

  • Wadi Rum - 4 hours

  • Aqaba - 4 hours

Accommodation in Madaba

Madaba isn’t the best option for plentiful cheap accommodation, but the Madaba Hotel does have cheap dorm beds for a short stop. It is centrally located (a stones throw from St George’s Church) and has pretty decent reviews.

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Booking.com

Getting around Madaba

Madaba is a really small town, so you can easily walk to the main attractions and restaurants. We had a car and didn’t use it for the two days we stayed here.

Food in Madaba

Madaba has quite a few places to choose from, but they’re not quite as good as Amman. Many people rave about Mr Shawerma but whilst it wasn’t bad, it was hardly anything to write home about but it is cheap.

Things to do in Madaba

The star attraction (and the reason Madaba is called the mosaic city) is St George’s church. Inside is one of the oldest mosaics in Jordan, and one of the best preserved, showing the ancient city of Jerusalem.

Backpacking Madaba - The Churches

Otherwise there isn’t much to do in Madaba. It’s a convenient place to stop on the way south, but shouldn’t really be high on your list of places to go to.


Backpacking the Dead Sea

Visiting the Dead Sea as a backpacker is the trickiest part of travelling to Jordan. As far as we know, there is no true budget accommodation meaning you’ll either have to do it as a day trip from Madaba (1 hour) or Amman (1 - 1.5 hours), or on the way to Dana, Petra or Wadi Rum.

Dead Sea distances from everywhere else

  • Amman - 1 hour

  • Queen Alia Airport - 1 hour 30

  • Madaba - 1 hour

  • Wadi Mujib - 30 mins

  • Dana - 2 hours

  • Petra (Wadi Musa) - 3 hours

  • Wadi Rum - 4 hours

  • Aqaba - 4 hours

Getting around the Dead Sea

You will need a car to explore the Dead Sea as there are no major towns and very few transport hubs. You can hire one quite cheaply from Queen Alia Airport (ours cost 15 JD per day - $20 USD).

We did see a few people hiring a driver to get them between places in Jordan, so this is also an option. However, we don’t know the costs involved.

Floating in the Dead Sea at Amman Tourist Beach

The main road is pretty high above the Dead Sea and the ground to the sea is steep and treacherous, so you can’t just pick a spot and dive in. The great news is that you can float in the Dead Sea at a public beach for less than you’ll pay at a resort but it isn’t exactly cheap.

It will set you back 20 JD ($28 USD) but when you see the resort prices you’ll realise this is a bargain! There are changing rooms available and you can buy the mud to slather on yourself for JD3 ($4 USD).

We just want to add here that before we went we had heard some people manage to find a spot where they can float for free near Wadi Mujib. However, when we arrived in Jordan we were told that this wasn’t the case.

You may get lucky, you may not, but officially Amman Tourist Beach is your cheapest option (on the map below).

 

Don’t forget to use the shower quickly afterwards, that salt stings!

Read next: The Dead Sea - more than just floating


Wadi Mujib

You’ve probably seen it on Instagram, the hikes through a narrow canyon with deep red walls. That is the Siq Trail in Wadi Mujib and one of the highlights of Jordan. It isn’t cheap (21 JD - $30 USD for entry), but we think it’s a splurge worth making.

You can do this trail unguided so you can save a few pennies of your backpacking Jordan budget that way.

Top Tip - The google maps location for the Siq Trail in Wadi Mujib is incorrect and will direct you to the top of the river about 90km away! Use “Mujib Chalets” to find the entry to the adventure centre to do this hike.

The track starts shallow, but eventually becomes a river you can swim or float in. We still smile thinking of climbing through the canyon to float back to where we started!

It’s a magical experience and unlike anything we’ve ever done.


Backpacking Petra

No trip to Jordan is complete without seeing Petra, one of the wonders of the world. It is a place on everyone’s list and doesn’t disappoint. You’ll alway remember your first view of the Treasury.

The major cost in Petra is the entry fee and the cost of Petra By Night (if you choose to do this). Otherwise all you’ll need to spend on is food and accommodation as once you’re in, you can walk to everywhere.

Anyone visiting Petra stays at Wadi Musa (the town next to it). We’d advise bringing food in with you from Wadi Musa town to save some cash as the food inside the ancient city is vastly more expensive.


Petra distances from everywhere else

  • Amman - 3 hours

  • Queen Alia Airport - 3 hours

  • Madaba - 3 hours

  • Dead Sea - 3 hours

  • Wadi Mujib - 2 hours 30

  • Dana - 1 hour

  • Wadi Rum - 1 hour 40

  • Aqaba - 1 hour 50

Entry cost for Petra

The Entrance to Petra depends on how many days you want to spend there. Although one day is the cheapest, the value gets a lot better with each additional day you spend, culminating with free entry for a fourth day if you buy a three day ticket.

The costs are:

1 day - 50 JD ($70 USD)

2 days - 55 JD ($78 USD)

3 days - 60 JD ($85 USD) + an extra day free.

If you have bought the Jordan Pass, this won’t matter as your entry is free!

Accommodation in Petra

There’s a decent amount of accommodation in Wadi Musa and in low season you may be able to snag a bargain if you haggle hard. We managed to get pretty good discounts as a lot of the hotels had virtually no one in them during Ramadan.

Wadi Musa also has some decent hostel options with Rafiki being the cheapest for a dorm bed (5 JD - $7 USD).

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Another good option is Petra Gate Hostel (12 JD 16 USD).

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Booking.com

Camping in Petra

Camping in Petra is illegal and only the local Bedouins and their guests are allowed to stay within the permitted area. You can organise it through AirBnb though it won’t be cheap.

Don’t try it solo as you will be at risk if you are found and there are Jordanian police who work within Petra.

You can ask within Petra and negotiate directly with the Bedouins for the best prices. Unfortunately quite a few people told us it was an underwhelming experience. We were told by a couple who did it that they stayed in a tiny tent in a cave and barely any blankets to stop them from the cold.

This could still sound magical if it wasn’t for the fact that many bedouins said they use caves as “natural toilets”.

We had planned to camp nonetheless as we wanted to see for ourselves but unfortunately Cat got severely food poisoned which put paid to our plans.


Getting around Petra

Petra is another place where you won’t need a car. Wadi Musa is a pretty small town where you can walk from one side to the other (up some hills mind you) pretty quickly, so long as you book accommodation within the centre of the town.

There are no cars or vehicles allowed in Petra, so walking is the best way to get around.

You can take a horse carriage, mule or camel, but it is not the most humane thing to do, especially when you see how hard the owners whip the animals carrying anyone around.

Walking is free and the best way to get a good feel for the city.


The Siq & The Treasury

All trips to Petra start with the 1.3 km walk through the Siq and you couldn’t pick a better way to start your trip to the ancient city. The Siq is a stunning canyon and we recommend taking your time to really admire it.

The deep red walls of the Siq are full of history and there are engravings and images all the way along. It was clearly a place to awe visitors and immediately make them feel inferior to who they were going to meet (it’s hard not to in this huge canyon).

After 15-20 minutes you’ll soon get your first glimpse of the stunning Treasury, an icon that is known throughout the world. It is a place that blows you away and it was even better than we could have imagined.

This old tomb (that was thought to be full of gold) is carved into an imposing wall of an opening within the canyon system of Petra. You can’t go inside, but you can admire this stunning place from the ground or up high on the viewpoint (just ask one of the many touts in front of the Treasury to guide you up).

Haggle hard. We paid 10 JD ($14 USD) and thought this was a lot but met people who paid double.

Read next - How to plan the best trip to Petra


The Little Petra to Petra Walk

If you want to get off the beaten track, then the Little Petra to Petra Walk is well worth doing. The walk takes you from the Little Petra (a place that few people visit) and through the desert and mountains, finishing at the incredible Monastery on the top of a mountain.

Although it’s epic, it’s not a hard walk except for the heat so we recommend that you go early.

We chose to take a guide, but if you cache your google maps and follow the well defined path, you should be able to do this on your own. The hike is 8km long and has some uphill sections, but most people should be fine with the hike so long as you give yourself time and take plenty of water.

We quickly realised a guide was unnecessary, although very pleasant company.

There are beautiful views all along the walk and it is a brilliant way to get a feel for the surrounding landscape and the Monastery, one of the most iconic buildings in Petra.

You can then walk all the way back to Wadi Musa via the Treassury.

Read next - The Little Petra to Petra Walk


Petra by Night

Petra By Night is another incredible experience, but pricey. We felt it is well worth the price, but having spent a lot on the entry ticket to Petra, we understand if the 17 JD ($23 USD) is a stretch too far.

If you choose to go, we’d recommend waiting to go after the manic rush at the start so you can walk down the Siq without the crowds in peace.

Read next: How to get the most from Petra By Night

Other things to see in Petra

A place we recommend is The High Place of Sacrifice at sunset. This is one of the highest viewpoints in Petra and you can take in the stunning views of the ancient city and the desert landscape at the best time of day. We’ll be surprised if you see another person up there. Again you do not need a guide, it is well signposted.

The Royal Tombs is another spot that is worth having a quick look at, but don’t be too worried if you don’t have time. They’re better to take in from far away, but still interesting to explore close up if you can.

All of these are included in the cost of your entry ticket.


Backpacking Wadi Rum

Backpacking Wadi Rum is another on the “can’t leave Jordan without going”. This stunning red desert is full of history and is so unique. It reminded us of the Red Centre in Australia (Uluru and Alice Springs) but with much bigger mountains and a lot less life.

Wadi Rum is known for being a really important place for trade, with caravans passing through to Saudi Arabia and beyond for centuries. It is also significant as it was where Lawrence of Arabia began his revolt against the Ottomans before heading to Aqaba.

Even if you don’t know the history, Wadi Rum just feels like a special place. You can feel the ancient history by admiring the canyons that have been formed over thousands of years and are full of cave art in various states of decay.

We promise, your trip here will be something you’ll always remember.

Wadi Rum distances from everywhere else

  • Amman - 3 hours

  • Queen Alia Airport - 3 hours

  • Madaba - 3 hours

  • Dead Sea - 3 hours

  • Wadi Mujib - 2 hours 30

  • Dana - 1 hour

  • Petra (Wadi Musa) - 1 hour 40

  • Aqaba - 50 mins

Organising your trip to Wadi Rum

The gutsy can explore Wadi Rum in their own car, however, we’d not recommend this. It is very easy to get completely lost in Wadi Rum as there are few identifiable markings and you’d have to be experienced in dune bashing with a very good car (something that’s not so easy to come by). That kind of car will not be budget friendly either!

So we assume you’ll have to take a tour like the rest of us.. They can be pretty cheap and most include all your food, plenty of stops and a night in one of the bedouin camps to take in the stars at night. It is a magical experience.

How to avoid mistakes at Wadi Rum

It is easy to get an underwhelming trip in Wadi Rum. We booked what we thought was a hiking trip, but essentially it dropped you in the middle of a huge patch of sand and the jeep tailed us to another spot as other tours buzzed past. Not exactly what we dreamed about.

We recommend being clear with the tour you book about what you want, specifically stating any areas, activities and things like sunrise and sunset spots you want to see. Due to the immense heat, you’ll want to do the majority of your activities between sunrise and 10am, and then after 3pm.

So long as you’ve explained exactly what you want, then you’ll have the best time. Here’s our guide to how to get more out of your tour to Wadi Rum.


Backpacking Dana

Dana is often overlooked by travellers and we have no idea why. As we wrote earlier, Dana would be the highlight of a lot of other countries. Centred around the huge and stunning canyon, Dana feels like an area which time and modernity has left behind. Whilst many Bedouins moved out of the ancient housing, it means you can have a good old poke around the village.

Accommodation in Dana

Budget accommodation is available in Dana, but you’ll have to really lower your standards. We saw the rooms at Dana Hotel and cringed as they were dirty, small, windowless holes. The rooms are relatively cheap, but if you must stay we strongly recommend bringing a sleeping bag liner for the night.

We cannot recommend this place though so we’d advise checking out the nearby Rumana Campground, it’s a little out the town but so so much nicer. Just trust us!

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Booking.com

Hiking in Dana

Dana has plenty of hiking trails which are easy to do and do not require a guide. There are two main areas: Wadi Dana (the canyon) and Rumana Camp. The trails from Rumana Camp (15km or 24 minutes drive from Dana Village) are pretty short but spectacular and give you different views of the canyon and hills around.

The main attraction is the Wadi Dana hike through the huge canyon which finishes at Feynan Eco Lodge (a place declared by National Geographic as one of the top eco-lodges in the world). Staying in Feynan Eco Lodge is a stunning experience, but phenomenally expensive at over 100 JD per night!

If you splurge, you’ll stay in the middle of the desert without electricity (everything’s lit by candles) with locally sourced water in a lodge designed to help the local community. The food is also incredible. You can then go back to Dana by a 4 hour car journey (40 JD - $54 USD, again not cheap!)

However, you can do a lot of the walk without having to stay in Feynan. The track is 14km long each way but you can choose to go in and turn around back to Dana whenever you feel like it.

We’d recommend going in the early morning for cooler temperatures as the track has virtually zero shade. You can turn back to Dana Village, but be prepared for a very steep uphill climb so make sure you turn before you actually feel tired!

Read next: Dana - one of Jordan’s best kept secrets


Packing List Jordan

Jordan Lonely Planet Guide

 

The essential guide when planning a trip to Jordan. We always use this before going to any country.

Merrell Hiking Boots

 

You’ll be surprised by how long the distances are to hike around Petra. We have Merrell hiking boots and they have served us well for years.

Power Adaptor

 

Make sure you have a plug adapter for Jordan. Some hotels will have plug sockets that can be used by any plug, but the majority do not.

Powerbank

 

We’ve used the Anker Powercore on all our travels to ensure our phones and other electronics are powered for long journeys. These powerbanks seem to last for a few days without the need to recharge.


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