Jordan Warnings and Dangers
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SNOWSTORM IN AMMAN
Steep street in Amman
The hills of Amman
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Long travel to the castles of the desert
The full day trip "Castles of the desert" it's an easy trip (if you travel with conditioned air, as you surely do) but not particularly interesting. You may count on long hours crossing an ugly desert, to see some buildings that are only a little bit more than inexpressive ruins. The exception is Qasr Amrah, a really beautiful building from the 8th century that was not exactly a castle, but a public bath.The paintings in the walls and roofs are magnificent, and well preserved.Being only 40 km from Amman, you may consider an exclusive visit, saving you time and kilometres.
Traveling in Jordan it's easy, but lunchtime may depend on the journey, so be prepared to start eating from one to six in the afternoon, as we did in our visit to Wadi Rum. Furthermore, road restaurants are scarce and not easy to find in most places, and being out, one precaution is absolute: WATER. But if you are in an organized tour, the guide will be aware of it and will help you.
I don't know if this applicable in all regions and I also don't know if this is applicable to non Arabic ladies too (I have the Middle Eastern look). But when we visited Aqaba city center my outfit wasn’t very suitable for the locals and we had to leave very early coz this was really annoying (everybody looking at me). I was wearing a Bermuda short.
Do NOT forget your sunscreen and do NOT miss any uncovered spot. The sun might burn you in minutes and you definitely know how painful that could be. If you don’t know, send me an e-mail and I will describe it for you
jordan is a ripoff
The price for admission at Petra is through the roof and going up again. the two of us went for the weekend from israel via eilat to renew our visa and to see petra. although jordan is relaxed and hospitable, it is very expensive. on fridays, no buses, so you must hire private taxi. then, petra admission has cancelled student prices and made guide fees mandatory. for two, that meant it came to 64 dinars, or 80 dollars. we said sorry, we could simply not afford it. and the price is going up to 60 dinars per person at the end of the summer. This is not a cheap country for backpackers anymore. ridiculous to charge for services we dont want and ostensibly to provide services that arent there. insult to injury, the allenby/king hussein border from amman to jerusalem closes at noon on weekends, and you have to pay a taxi 40 dinars to take you way up north to the sheikh hussein/bet shemesh...
Mud-Men of the Dead Sea
Careful at the Dead Sea!! Mud-men will approach you and ask to spread warm Dead Sea mud all over your body in exchange for a small tip. If you fall for this, make sure no "friends" with cameras are nearby!
Jordan law regarding smoking in the public areas does not exist or is not applied. People are smoking, a lot, and everywhere. If you are allergic or sensitive to the smoke, this could be a nightmare or a bad experience
I never felt unsafe in Jordan. The streets of Downtown Amman are very crowded and busy, but I never had any problems. The people of Jordan are very friendly and helpful.If you go to the Dead Sea, Mt Nebo and the Baptism Site, carry your passport with you as there are a few check-points (there are some areas which are military zones).
Aqaba: no warnings needed
None! Not only does the city of Aqaba feel incredibly safe, but theft is just not an issue. We went diving & left out wallets, keys, passports, etc. on the seat in the van which was unlocked with the doors open. Where else can you do that? As usual expect taxi drivers to try to overcharge you.
The collection and the waste treatment seems to be unknown in Jordan. It's not a judgement, is a fact: full of empty bottles, old tyres and plastic bags and other human wastes. This affects most of the country, cities, beaches and desert included.My suggestion: for this topic only, don't act as the locals
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