42 Things I Love About Jordan

Wadi Rum, Jordan

If you’re a frequent visitor to LandLopers, then you know that I didn’t just enjoy my trip to Jordan earlier this year, I loved it. I’ve been looking through photos of the trip and reflecting on key moments, so I thought I would assemble a short list of what I love most about Jordan.

1. Echoes of the unified call to prayer in Amman
2. Mysterious and forlorn desert castles
3. The sweetest of treats, Knafeh
4. Baby camels
5. Freshly made falafel
6. Sleeping in a Bedouin tent in the desert
7. Petra at dawn
8. Sparkling sunset on the Dead Sea

Dead sea

9. Watching falcons soar at Dana Biosphere Reserve
10. Food, food and more food
11. Remarkable mosaic floor of Madaba
12. Retracing the footsteps of Moses on Mt. Nebo
13. The unlikely but delicious wines of Jordan
14. Baby camels
15. Enjoying great conversation with friends over shisha
16. Watching ful being made before enjoying this simple and tasty snack
17. Roman soldiers at Jerash
18. Buying hot and savory bread by the kilo

camel desert

19. Climbing the 800 stone steps to the Monastery at Petra
20. Baby camels
21. Rich and dark Bedouin style coffee
22. Floating in the Dead Sea
23. Exploring the moonscape of Wadi Rum Desert
24. 360 degree view of Amman from atop the Citadel
25. Snorkeling in the Red Sea
26. Finding the best angle for a camel photo
27. Buying freshly roasted nuts in Aqaba
28. Petra at night
29. Fresh watermelon at a roadside stand
30. Baby camels
31. Watching a million stars in the middle of Wadi Rum
32. It’s a dry heat
33. Dead sea mud spa treatment
34. Amazing thermal waterfalls of Ma’In

Petra Siq View

35. Wandering the ruins of the Crusader castle at Karak
36. White cheese, there’s nothing like it anywhere else in the world
37. Markets of Amman
38. Boating on the Red Sea
39. Entering the Siq at Petra
40. Sunset at Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Red Sea, Amman, you get the idea
41. Enjoying a feast of mansaf with good friends
42. Hummus for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Have you been to Jordan? What are some of your favorite things?

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23 Responses

  1. Amanda

    But what about baby camels?? 😉

    Sounds like Jordan has a lot of things to love!

  2. Erin

    We are really hoping to make it to Jordan in 2012 and now we have 42 reasons to make it happen!

    • Matt Long

      You should, it’s such a great country.

  3. Fatima

    haha glad u enjoyed it here, and so true about baby camels, once i saw 2 of them playing with each other it was so cute!!
    and lucky u got chance to sleep in Bedouin tent in desert, i live here and wish to do so, or at least have my mansaf there!

    • Matt Long

      Wadi Rum is one of my favorite places anywhere. It was a real treat to be able to sleep there.

  4. Jen Pollack Bianco

    Matt, this is perfectly timed! I’m spending Christmas in Jordan and you’ve gotten me so excited about it! I shall nail camel photography

    • Matt Long

      Excellent! It’s a marvelous place that I know you’ll love. Please let me know if you have any questions.

  5. Emily


    Thanks for this!

    I’m going to Wadi Rum in a couple of weeks, do you have any recommendations for (not too expensive) camel/trekking Bedouin tours? I’m travelling alone so would feel happier staying with a guide I’d been recommended. I’d really like to stay a couple of days to make the most of those fabulous night skies!



  6. viaggimarilore

    43) The Quseir Amra castle in the desert, VII century AD, with his bath and his beautiful ancient frescoes
    44) the sage and mint tea
    45) all the archaeological sites
    46) Beidha (Little Petra)
    47) more and more and more…

    • Matt Long

      Great additions and I personally loved Quseir Amra, beautiful site.

  7. Tareq Tajkeh

    Really broke into tears … i miss my beloved Jordan … scuba in Aqaba … AMAAAAAAAAAAZING … REALLY REALLY AMAAAAAAZING

    • Matt Long

      well thanks! Jordan is indeed a special place

  8. Sam

    Jordan`s food sucks and expensive a lot of taxes , low quantities and tasteless ,

    • Matt Long

      respectfully disagree. 1 kilo of bread = $1, plate of hummus = $2, etc.

  9. Daniel

    Love your list. Living in Jordan I can resonate with all. Especially love: 1, 6, 15, 41.

    Do you ever see yourself in Jordam again or one time visit for you? Just curious…

    – Daniel

  10. Bella

    Sounds like we did exactly the some trip to Jordan! Loved it there too.

  11. OCDemon

    You had me at “it’s a dry heat.”

  12. Amber

    I love the focus on the baby camels – in this blog and a few of your others. I feel like if I don’t see dozens of baby camels when I visit, I will be highly disappointed!

    • Matt Long

      LOL, I think I was just very lucky, but I did fall in love with them

  13. Chuck Wesserling

    I LOVED JORDAN. I have been all over USA, Canada, Australian, Europe, and I LOVE JORDAN.

  14. Chuck Wesserling

    Been all over the world – Australia, Europe, Canada, USA and I LOVE JORDAN


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