Jordan allows visitors to experience new levels of adventure and endurance while soaking up natural marvels and dramatic cultural attractions from the ancient world. The diverse landscapes of Jordan offer a multitude of exploration options: the vast, silent drama of Wadi Rum, the forested hills of central Jordan, or the plunging Jordan Rift Valley including the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth at 410m below sea level.
The Red Sea resort of Aqaba is always warm, balmy, and enticing for divers and other water-sports enthusiasts. Aqaba offers a full range of facilities for scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, fishing, swimming, water skiing, wind surfing, or simply relaxing in the warm crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea. The sparkling purple mountains surrounding Aqaba beckon hikers who seek new adventures, and unconquered terrain.
One of the great water adventures in Jordan is to hike, climb and sometimes even wade or swim through the magnificent gorge of Wadi Mujib, along the east coast of the Dead Sea, to reach a magical pool and waterfall that emerge like a mirage from amidst the surrounding warm cliffs and barren hillsides.
Thrill-seekers who want to go beyond the ordinary can explore from the air in micro light or hot air balloon and rise above the mountain-tops in Wadi Rum or around Petra. Gliding and private plane rentals are also available from Marka Airport in Amman.
Horseback riders can take a few days to retrace the segments of the ancient Spice, Silk, and Frankincense Routes that pass through the green hills of Petra, Amman, and north Jordan. More daring riders will want to mount their Arabian steeds for a four-day trek through the Eastern Desert, stopping for rest and water at several early Islamic desert castles and caravan stations. This trip re-enacts the original Arabian pony express mail service that operated here in the 7th century.