Jordan: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

About Jordan

Overview

Traveling to Jordan is much like traveling back in history. Structures dating back 2.5 million years have withstood the test of time and ancient ruins stand in harmony with modern architecture. The vast, arid desert with its unique rock formations and ornate desert castles tell stories of an ancient culture whose traditions and people are forever hospitable. Welcome to Jordan!

 

Capital City: Amman

Population: 10.1 million

Currency: Jordanian Dinar (JOD)

Time Zone: Eastern European Time (GMT+3)

Emergency Number: 911

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Jordan Spices

Packing List

Speak the Language

Language: The official language of Jordan is Arabic.

 

  • Hello / Good morning - Salam Alekum
  • Goodbye - Mae al Salama
  • How are you? - Kayf halikm?
  • Thank you - Choukran
  • My name is… - Aismi hu?
  • Yes - Men
  • No - La
  • How much? - Kam Thuman?
  • Where is ... ? - Ayn hu ... ?

 

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Jordan Desert Camel

Weather

AMMAN WEATHER

Fun Facts

  • Archaeologist, T.E. Lawrence, described Jordan's Wadi Rum desert as 'vast, echoing, and god-like.' Hollywood agrees with its beauty as the films, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lawrence of Arabia, Red Planet and The Martian all used the Wadi Rum reserve as a filming location.
  • Petra was established in approximately 300 BCE. In its heyday, the Lost City of Petra was home to 20,000 to 30,000 inhabitants until earthquakes demolished about half of the city around 360 CE. The city lay ruined and hidden for over 5 centuries until it was rediscovered in 1812.
  • Approximately 15% of the New Wonder of the World, Petra, has been excavated by archaeologists. This means that most of the site is hidden and still remains a mystery.
  • The city of Amman, established in 7250 BCE is one of the oldest cities in the world.
  • Jordan also boasts the world's oldest and first dam ever built, the Jawa Dam, built in 3000 BCE in the Black Desert of Eastern Jordan. The dam is so old that not only did its river dry up but it is now one of the driest areas in the country.
  • The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth and 20 times saltier than seawater, which means its density allows you to float above water without swimming. The water also releases small amounts of bromine, a natural sedative.
  • Part of the Levantine, 'Cradle of Civilization,' Jordan has been a melting pot of cultures since people existed. This can easily be seen through its cuisine. Walk down the streets of Amman and you will find street food influences from all over the region; spicy Iraqi dishes, Egyptian grilled meats, or Turkish sweets, to name a few.
  • According to Jordanian tradition, you are allowed to refuse a meal invitation up to 3 times until it is considered rude.

 

Tipping

Tipping Suggestions: Tips for Guides, drivers and restaurants are not included. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.

Guides USD $5 per person/per day
Drivers USD $3 per person/per day
Restaurants ( full service)  10% of total bill

 

FAQ

Where can I find information on travel safety? Generally a safe destination but it is advised to hire a driver or book a tour when traveling to the tourist sites that are spread throughout the country. The roads can be quite dangerous.

Check out the US Department of State's website for the most up-to-date information on safety while traveling: 

 

Is the water safe to drink? Tap water in the major cities of Jordan is generally safe to drink but for a short trip, it is better to stick to treated or bottled water. Alternatively, you can boil the water for 10 minutes or use purification tablets.

 

Do I need a Visa? For Visa information, visit the Jordanian Tourism Board. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after you return home and has two or more blank pages. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter.

 

What about vaccines? For vaccination information, click here 

 

Do you recommend travel insurance? While not required, we highly recommend all travelers get travel insurance for their trip to protect themselves from the unknown! Check out travel insurance options from our partner, worldnomads.com or from a provider of your choice.

 

How much should I pack? As we will be using shared transfers and spaces throughout our tour we recommend all travelers pack as lightly as possible. Please review our luggage restrictions below.

 

What does public transportation look like? Public transportation within cities are buses, minibusses, and share taxis that are locally known as serveeces. There is no timetable and this can be very confusing for travelers. Licensed taxi cabs should be metered and relatively inexpensive. If using a taxi, insist on the meter being turned on.

 

Is Uber or Lyft available? Jordan was the first country in the Middle East to offer Uber.

Luggage Restrictions

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