Jordan

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Jordan is a country in the Middle East sharing land borders with Syria, Irak, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Is it very safe to travel, even getting nearer to Syria although you should be careful with the day to day situation. Because people are afraid of the war in Syria, Jordan is very empty of tourists and even sites like Petra with thousands every day are now much more relaxed.

The country has some crazy beautiful landscapes and nice people (and very Muslim). Mountains, valleys, deserts (a looot), the Dead Sea. Enough to get your eyes blown up.

As a woman alone, take some precautions. It may be not dangerous but very uncomfortable. It you travel with a man, it avoids you some heavy flirting if you say that your are together.

Transport

Find info on hitchhiking at Hitchwiki.

Hitchhiking is very easy, although not everybody understands the concept. Make sure to always ask "no money" before entering the car as many improvise themselves taxi. Read Hitchwiki about it.

It should be possible to get a donkey for not more than 50JD or even for free. Ask around you if someone wants to give one away. Camel is not really affordable (several thousands).

Ferry to Egypt

There is a ferry from Aqaba to Nueiba in Egypt which costs 50JD. It runs 6 days out of 7, and you must buy the ticket in advance at the office in Aqaba.

Companies

Accommodation

Find info on hosp ex at Couchwiki.

In cities like Amman or Irbid it is hard to find for less than 10JD a night. People are usually willing to give a discount, and you can ask to sleep with more people in one room. It is worth trying in this country. Ask for rooftops, say that you have no money and the price will go down.

In hotels more remote and by telling you have no money, you might find places for 1, 2 or 3JD the night just squatting the roof or outside.

People are very hospitable and you can easily find someone to accommodate you just talking around. One good trick can be to show up at the end of the prayer in front of a mosque with your backpack.

Bedouin style

Jordan is the country of bedouins, so you will have no trouble with wild camping. Some random guy might come and ask for money, but tell him nicely that you will not give him anything. Mostly they just try to get some money from a tourist. Asking in advance if it is free is always better, so you can argue that you asked beforehand.

Hospitality exchange

It exists, but it is not common and don't expect it to work all the time.

Meet fellow travellers on hospitality exchange networks: Trustroots, BeWelcome

Food

Find info on dumpster diving at Trashwiki.

Food is inexpensive and expensive, products vary a lot. A good deal is the falafel sandwich which is usually found for 1JD/3sandwiches. Bread is really cheap, like 0,25JD for 10 pita bread.

You are as well easily invited to eat, especially in Ramadan when they break the fast at nightfall.

Try as much as you can to drink from the water fountains (look like a metal cube with taps), the water is fresh and tastes better as the regular tap. This is what lots of locals drink.

Connectivity

Lot of people have internet of their phones, but looking around you should find a cafe with wifi (look for the Western style cafes then). The best might be the hotels, which don't care if you use their internet. Don't forget to ask if you can use for free.

Some cafes have big signs 'Free Wifi' but actually don't, or through the personnal cellphone of one of the waiter, so make sure of what you get before ordering the coffee or the shisha ha ha.

Busking

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Visa

The visa cost 40JD, and you should pay 8JD of departure tax.

Visa on a separate paper

If you go or come from Israel by land, and you want to avoid countries to know you have been there, ask the Jordanian visa on a separate paper. Go on the Israel page for more info.

Cities

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Travel destinations

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Things to see in Jordan

A list of some stuff to see nature and else.

  • The surroundings of Jerash are very nice hills, are bit greener than the rest of the country.
  • Dana Valley. Around Dana, a lot of nice walks, canyons with water and palm trees.
  • Dead Sea. Most roads from the cities to the Dead Sea are beautiful and worth seeing. Go to Dead Sea page for a bit more.
  • Petra hard not to hear from it if you are in Jordan.
  • Wadi Rum, another classic of Jordan. Go (hitchhike?) to the last village. You can sleep there (hotel or ask where to pitch a tent) or a walk a bit further to Lawrence Spring to be more alone, even if regularly people pass during the day and sometimes around nightfall. It is the last place with water. You can walk around the desert, but it is very big and locals will often insist to rent you a 4WD and nights in their camps. Walking and staying overnight away from Lawrence Spring means carrying a lot of water. You can stay for free under the tree next to the spring. There you have water and shadow, and the village is not far for food.