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    There are cities, landmarks and experiences that make the cut on most bucket lists, and a visit to the ancient metropolis of Petra in Jordan is one of them. Petra is most famous for Al Khazneh, or the Treasury, and while this is an absolute must-see for anyone travelling through Jordan, this remarkable country has so much more to offer besides – check out our top 7 other reasons to visit Jordan.

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    1. Glamp beneath the stars with Bedouins

    Enjoy the beauty of nature and the cultural traditions of the Bedouin people while camping under the stars in the Wadi Rum. The 4-star Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camp offers private Bedouin style tents, furnished with hand-crafted beds, Bedouin sofas and the finest linen. The campsite has solar power for electricity, but with the stars shining as brightly as they do, there is almost no need. It’s an enchanting location to enjoy views of the Wadi Rum Mountains and the night sky.

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    2. Dive the Red Sea

    As Jordan’s only coastal city, Aqaba is the gateway to the wonders of the Red Sea. Home to a vast and vibrant reef and marine life, the Red Sea offers plenty of underwater beauty for those wanting to dive or snorkel. The diving conditions in the Red Sea are idyllic, with clear waters, temperatures averaging between 22 -32 degrees year-round and historic wrecks including the S.S. Thistlegorm.

    You can read more about the ‘Top 11 Underwater Adventures in the World’, including the S.S. Thistlegorm, here.

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    3. Visit one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the world

    The Roman ruins of Jerash are among the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world. The ruins date back to the first century A.D. and offer a peek into what life was like during Roman rule. Because the site is so well preserved, it is easy to imagine thousands of spectators sitting in the hippodrome or ancient chariots making their way beneath Hadrian’s Arch.

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    4. Feel alive in the Dead Sea

    Although the aptly named Dead Sea holds no underwater life, it has a way of making you feel alive. The salt levels sit almost 10 times higher than the rest of the world’s oceans, and this elevated salinity means you’ll float on the water’s surface. Turn your visit to the Dead Sea into a natural spa day by covering yourself in the mineral-rich mud found on the shoreline, then allow your skin to soak up the 35 minerals in the water.

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    5. Take a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Wadi Rum

    Follow in the footsteps of royalty with a hot air balloon ride over Wadi Rum desert. Originally founded by His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, The Royal Aero Club offers ballooning experiences, usually in the early morning when the beautiful scenery of Wadi Rum’s majestic mountain ranges and landscapes is at its best.

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    6. Hike in the Dana Biosphere Reserve

    The Dana Biosphere Reserve is Jordan’s largest nature reserve. Spanning over 320 square kilometres of mountains and valleys, this is the only reserve in Jordan that encompasses the four-different bio-geographical zones of the country: Mediterranean, Irano-Turanian, Saharo-Arabian and Sudanian.

    The reserve is home to a plethora of wildlife, including the endangered Sand Cat, Syrian Wolf, Lesser Kestrel and Spiny Tailed Lizard. The best way to experience the vast beauty the reserve has to offer is on foot or bike – the local Bedouin people can help guide you through the trails and pathways, ensuring you experience everything the reserve has to offer while showing your respect for the land and people.

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    7. Amman

    Jordan’s capital is as chaotic as it is charming. Often used as a gateway to other parts of Jordan, Amman is a city that has a lot more to give. The Citadel and the ‘Hand of Hercules’ are two of the most famous sites in Amman – the ‘Hand of Hercules’ once formed part of a gigantic ancient statue thought to represent the demi-god himself.

    Amman’s ancient history hasn’t prevented progress – the city is a bustling metropolis for luxury shopping, spa treatments and five-star hotels, including the Kempinski Hotel Amman.

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