10 Adventures in Jordan to Get You Outdoors
The jewel of the Middle East, Jordan is surrounded by an air of unrest and chaos. From the surreal landscapes of the world-famous Wadi Rum to the beautiful corals of Aqaba – there is every exciting element that can make the country brim with possibilities of adventurous activities. Whether you are a water person or an aerial animal, whether it is rock climbing that pleases you or camel racing that makes you go crazy – Jordan dedicates something of every aspect to the adventure junkies.

Whether you are new to the world of adventures or are a seasoned adventure seeker, the mind-boggling activities offered by this Arab nation can give a magical and unforgettable experience to every kind of thrill lover. Here are some adrenaline-pumping activities that you can enjoy your trip to Jordan, no matter your age and expertise.

Here is the list of best adventure activities in Jordan:


Canyoning in Wadi Mujib - At 410m Below Sea Level

Canyoning in Wadi Mujib - At 410m Below Sea Level

One of the world’s lowest natural reserves lies 410 meters below sea level, within Wadi Mujib. This reserve then leaps up to lofty hills in the south and north, 900 meters above sea level. The elevation drop of 1300 meters makes for a great terrain to allow thrilling canyoning activities.

The adventure junkies can walk down lofty arid hills, slide on rocks, climb waterfalls, float along streams, and rappel. This dynamic, exhilarating activity is enough to give you a better punch to wake up than a shot of espresso.

- Consider wearing old sports wear and shoes for the activity as they might get damaged in the course of canyoning.
- Before canyoning try to warm up your body a little as this activity requires you to come out of your comfort zone.


Camping in Wadi Rum

Camping in Wadi Rum

The vast sprawling desert of Wadi Rum can offer travelers an exciting cultural experience of spending a night in the traditional camps. Although the desert is usually arid and hot during the daytime, it becomes pleasantly cool as evening approaches.

With countless stars displayed overhead, the entire set up looks too dreamy. At night, the place is incredibly peaceful and quiet, offering the guests of Wadi Rum the most exquisite camping experience to cherish for a lifetime.

- Summers are considered as the best time for camping in Wadi Rum.
- When camping in Wadi Rum, do not forget to catch a glimpse of the magical desert sunset.


Rock Climbing in Wadi Rum

Cut out from southern Jordan’s sandstone and granite rocks, Wadi Rum happens to be an arid wasteland, which has an abundance of opportunities for the adventure seekers. The huge rocks present here offer travelers a scope to get world-class rock climbing experience that lures enthusiastic rock climbers every year.

The climbers can choose from a host of routes, many of which remain crowded during the peak seasons. Beginners can also seek some relatively easy and short walls for testing their expertise on, gaining some experience before leaping onto the longer and harder routes.

- Rock climbing in Wadi Rum is suitable for both immature and seasoned climbers.
- In the course of your climb do not forget to catch a glimpse of the various medicinal plants growing in the mountains.

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Snorkeling in The Red Sea

Snorkeling in The Red Sea

The country has a coastline of approximately 17 miles along the Red Sea, which offers the best snorkeling experience in the whole area. This part is known popularly for its large and beautiful coral reefs that propel umpteen varieties of attractive marine animals.

In addition, divers can also find several tankers in this section that have wrecked and immersed in the huge sea in the times gone by. These tanks shelter millions of aquatic creatures and attract divers seeking much more to explore than the reef system alone.

- Among the many wreck dives, the top attractions are the American M42 Duster tank and the Cedar Pride.
- Snorkeling in the Red Sea promises divers the best visibility they can ever get in any other spot. 


Dana to Petra Trek

Dana to Petra Trek

Counted among the best hikes in the world, Dana to Petra trek promises to offer the trekkers the best ever trekking experience. This trek takes travelers through a host of important archeological sites and distinct landscapes of the country. The trek happens to be a section of the national trail of the country that runs from North to South. One of the unique aspects of the trek is that it passes via four biospheres within the Wadi Dana Reserve. 

- This hike can give you a chance to experience diverse sceneries.
- The greenery of Dana Reserve can surprise you and make you think whether you are really in the arid deserts of Jordan. 


Scuba Diving in Aqaba

Scuba Diving in Aqaba

Located on one end of the Red Sea, the coastal city of Aqaba shelters more than 450 coral creatures and a plethora of marine animals. This makes the place one of the best destinations for experiencing scuba diving. Furthermore, as the place is blessed with year-round pleasant weather and the water is relatively easy to access, tourists never miss out on experiencing a dive here on their trip to Jordan. Some of the top sites for diving in Aqaba are Cedar Pride Wreck, Seven Sisters, and Japanese Garden.

- Divers can get a chance to explore a Lebanese freighter and a tank at the seabed.
- The Aqaba waters are home to more than 2000 marine species, including corals, fish, mollusks, and crustaceans.


Explore Wadi Rum on Camel

Explore Wadi Rum on Camel

Certain parts of Wadi Rum’s arid plateau offer travelers an opportunity to enjoy the most thrilling camel trekking experience. Travelers can get a taste of the country’s traditional mode of transportation while they go deep into this vast desert and explore Wadi Rum to its core.

On their way, they can witness the historical Bedouin trading paths and learn some tit-bits about Jordan’s history. If your adrenaline rush needs more attention, you can go for some mind-boggling camel races as well. Although the environment can be a bit harsh, yet be sure that the experience you collect would be incredibly amazing. 

- During your camel ride trip in Wadi Rum, you can also enjoy the experience of overnight camping in the desert.
- Camel trekking in Wadi Rum can help you discover spots that you never really know of. 


Hot Air Ballooning in Wadi Rum

Hot Air Ballooning in Wadi Rum

The amazing landscapes of Wadi Rum looks incredibly stunning from the blue sky. When you are in the sky, you can explore the real beauty of this arid valley. That being said, hot air ballooning offers tourists an opportunity to fly above the lofty sandstone ridges and drift peacefully across the vast desert.

This relaxed flight can help you sense the majesty of the valley, whose panoramic view appears even more breathtaking. Photo fanatics usually love to capture the picturesque scenery of the place during their hot air balloon rides over the desert.

- It is highly recommended to take your hot air balloon ride early in the morning.
- Make sure to book hot air ballooning in summers, as it is not functional in winters.


Microlight Flight in Wadi Rum

As it is known to all, the arid valley of Wadi Rum offers a stunning look from the sky. One of the best ways to get a bird’s eye view of this beautiful landscape is taking a microlight flight over the vast desert.

These microlights are very small and lightweight airplanes, which fly at 85 to 95 km/hr at a height of about 900 to 1200 meters above ground level. Microlight activities can be availed from The Royal Aero Sports Club of Jordan.

- A microlight flight will take you up to a height of 4000 meters above ground level.
- In the course of your flight, make it a point to witness the rocky formations below which give you a truly exotic sight.


Go Cycling in Jordan

Go Cycling in Jordan

Packed with old archaeological sites, deserts and mountains of Jordan have become the perfect hub for avid cyclists. From exploring wild trails in the country’s cliffs and canyons to experiencing dramatic descents and climbs – riders can collect a bag packed with thrill and fun on their Jordan cycling tour. 

On their cycle journey, tourists also halt at various picturesque spots and capture stills of beauty to carry home.

- Cycling in Jordan is the best activity you can do to interact with the locals and know more about the history and culture of the place.
- Some of the top cycling destinations in the country include Um Qais, Ajloun, Jerash, Kerak, Petra, and Wadi Rum.

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