Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hiking the Wadis of Jordan

If you're looking for something else to do while the weather is still nice, why not consider driving a bit out of town and exploring the beautiful wadis of Jordan? For those who have not been to these beautiful oases, you are truly missing out! Jordan has some of the finest hiking that can be found anywhere, with a wide range of wet and dry hikes, suitable for different skill levels. Not only is it fun, but these hidden gems provide views that are absolutely breathtaking. Here are just a few suggestions:

Wadi Daba
For those who want something leisurely and relatively simple, Wadi Daba is just the thing. Located just minutes from the Dead Sea, this dry hike is short and provides just the right mixture of greenery and water.

Wadi Hamara
This hike is also a dry hike albeit a bit more challenging. When you follow the water, you will be led to two of the highest waterfalls in Jordan. Also minutes from the Dead Sea, the tallest waterfalls in Jordan are really a sight to see! However, it does require some tricky climbing at parts, so good hiking shoes are needed.

Wadi Ibn Hammad
Approximately 2.5 hours from Amman, Wadi Ibn Hammad provides lots of shade and beautiful views. A very simple and leisurely hike, one should hurry to see this one, as the water levels are quickly receding over time. This wadi requires an entrance fee from the Ministry of Tourism - 1 JD for residents, 5 JD for non-residents.

Wadi al Hasa
My personal favourite, and the wettest of them all. This wadi can be done in one day or spanned over a few days, depending on your taste and preference. This hike involves lots of trekking through rushing water, climbing and jumping. Warning - when hiking this wadi, do not bring any electronic devices unless you have sealed them in waterproof boxes.

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