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This is Jordan: Stunning Views of Ancient Petra, Desert, and the Best Place to Stay

Jordan is a land enshrouded in mystery. This aerial delight—from the ancient ruins of Petra to the surreal rock formations of Wadi Rum—is captured using the latest in drone technology. You’re wanderlust will be on fire, so I’ll point you in the direction of the most lush oasis resort in the area.

Petra, the world heritage site, in Jordan, as seen from the aerial footage in 'Jordan From the Air.' (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Petra, the world heritage site, in Jordan, as seen from the aerial footage in ‘Jordan From the Air.’ (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Serving as a crossroads of humanity for thousands of years, Jordan is a country with a cultural diversity matched by few. For those of us who are truly dedicated to experiencing the world’s history and cultural treasures, Jordan will raise more questions about life on earth as it does answer the longing to discover.

While nine-tenths of Jordan is arid desert, it is made up for with it’s dramatic landscapes, ancient ruins (Petra), proximity to the dead sea, and cities that are culturally Arabic and Mediterranean. Cuisine and exotic accommodation, and ancient desert ruins—that is a combination worth the heat.

Ancient ruins of Petra, a must see destination for the intrepid world explorer. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Ancient ruins of Petra, a must see destination for the intrepid world explorer. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Amazing aerial views of the Rumi Rocks in the desert land of Jordan. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Amazing aerial views of the Wadi Rum rocks in the desert land of Jordan. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Where to stay?

My absolute first choice is the new Evason Ma’in Hot Springs spa resort.

A high-end oasis resort  in Jordan. (Evason Ma'in Hot Springs)

A high-end oasis resort in Jordan. (Evason Ma’in Hot Springs)

It’s located in a lush oasis at the bottom of a rocky canyon, about 20 minutes from the dead sea. Who even cares how much it is, listen to this:

“The shimmering sandstone edifice blends in seamlessly with the surrounding sheer rock walls, and its domes and arches give it the design-savvy look of an ultra-modern Arabian palace,” according to Conde Naste Traveller.

The big draw is the geophermal hot water springs, all harnessed into pools and spa treatments.

“Piping hot springs splutter and steam in the adjacent rocks and sulfurous waterfalls plunge from the cliff top above the main building. The spa is a short buggy ride further down the canyon; here, the focus is a dipping pool fed by a towering hot-spring waterfall… If guests tire of pampering, the resort is within easy day-tripping distance of Jordan’s signature sights, including Petra, Wadi Rum, Madaba, and Jerash.”

Need Travel Guidance?

Definitely pick up a copy of Moon’s travel handbook “Jerusalem & the Holy Land: Including Tel Aviv & Petra,”  from Amazon, which offers advice and beautiful photos on: “How to get there, how long it will take, and where to stop along the way—including information on Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, the West Bank, Eilat, and Petra, Jordan.”

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The dramatic desert landscapes of Jordan. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

 

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