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Jordan

Facts about the country

Capital Amman

Population

4.6 Million

Main Languages

Arabic, English

Electricity

2 Plug System 220 Volts 50Hz

Currency

Jordanian Dinar

Exchange Rate for US $ as of May 2001

.70 JD per 1 US$ 

Safe to Drink Tap Water

No

Size

89206 sq km

Transport

bus, minibus, taxi, rent a car

Cash Machines (ATMS) Yes in Amman
Credit Card Usage Yes in Amman
Religion Muslim + Christian 
Measurement System Metric System

Recommended Budget per Day in US $ 

Total Budget per Person Accommodation Meals Transportation Other
35 $ 8 $  6 $  6 $ 15 $

Main things to See (we give descriptions only on places we visited)

Things to See  Visited Brief Description Recommend (10 is best 1 is don't bother)
Amman Y Amman is the capital of Jordan, but there is not much to see or do here.  The main attractions are the Roman Theatre, the Citadel, National Archeological Museum, and Odeon.  5
Petra Y

One of the must sees in the whole Middle East.  You can not miss it if you visit Jordan. Petra is an amazing city carved into the face of cliffs.  Most people need a couple of days to see it all. 

9
Dead Sea Y The place to float on water.  High content of salt allows the human body to float on top.  It does not have the most attractive beaches but one should try it once. 7
Wadi Rum Y A beautiful desert where you can sleep in Bedouin tents with the Bedouins.  Also one had great beautiful sunsets over the desert.  Some of the main things to see out of spectacular rock formations are the Lawrence Well, Kufic Rock Art and the sand dunes.  8
Jerash N
Madaba N
The Desert Castle Loop N
Qasr al-Hallabat N
Umm Al-Jimal N

Popular activities and Tours (Being not included does not mean they do not exist)

Hiking / Trekking x
Scuba Diving x
Historical Sites x
Sightseeing tours x

Ballooning

Bungy Jumping

Safaris

Boat tours
Fishing
Horseback riding x
Canoeing
Camping
River Rafting
Sky Diving  
Abseiling  
Surfing  
Windsurfing
Kayaking
Sailing
Mountain biking
Rollerblading  
Motorbike  x
Sand boarding
Snorkeling x
Water Skiing
Others Camel Safari x

Feeling and Opinions on Jordan 

Jordan has some spectacular sites.  Petra was one of the most spectacular things we have ever seen, one also gets a good workout visiting all the temples and sites there.  In Wadi Rum we had a great time, especially when we got the royal treatment from our guide. The sunsets are beautiful and it is well worth it to stay in the desert at least one night.

We found for the most part that the Jordanians were friendly and hospitable, of course they want your money which one should never forget.

 

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