The idea of Middle East as an arid area and desert landscapes still prevails in the imaginary of a majority. Although it might not sound very attractive to a number people, it still can be good in some way – making your trip exceeds all expectations. Jordan reserves a surprise factor to those ones who could not imagine how much diversity this small country has hidden, that goes beyond what you can see, but as well as you can feel, outcropping all your senses.
We at Discover Jordan – as passionate professionals for our work and country – make every effort to provide to thousands of people every year, a world of discovery, showing the best that Jordan has to offer.
Recently, we received a very simple request: ‘I want to discover Jordan’. And from the simplest things come the biggest challenges. The inquiry above was from someone who has traveled the whole country but – as we do – believes there is always more to be explored: Her Excellency Alice Wells, United States Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Mrs. Wells has an intrepid character and has hiked the most beautiful spots of Jordan since she was sworn in as Ambassador on July of 2014. It was up to us from Discover Jordan to take her to a new adventure and stand for our goal of showing the best of the country in the best way. Mr. Henry Wooster, Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy also joined us.
In a sunny morning we headed towards Northern Jordan for a day trip full of history, culture and beautiful landscapes through some of the most impressive – and still unexplored – valleys of the region.
We started our journey from Wadi Zubia, in the district of Al Ayoun, close to the well-known Ajloun Castle. Going down this valley is not just a great hike passing by dense and great forests but it’s
a walk through history, spotting caves and ruins along the way.
After approximately 2 hours, our group reached the Roman Ruins of Qabla. Some parts of this historical site remain buried by the time, but you still can see a number of tombs and rock pools; and its big water storage cisterns carved out of the limestone.
Continuing our trip, we had an amazing view of the valley from The Panoramic Trail which heads to Warda Al Hamra (the Red Cliff) one of the best abseiling spots in the region. The cliff extends about 300m and faces south, mostly 20-30m in height. From the top, we can already see Rasoun Village, where we are heading next.
Wadi Arjan is painted in vivid colors by the large fields of figs and pomegranate trees owned by the villagers and irrigated by the 17 natural water springs lying in the region. It was also there where we found some of the oldest olive trees of the world, dated back thousands years.
We ended our trail walking through Wadi Rayyan, enjoying the mountainous scenery, until Odeh Watermill in Al Koura District. This watermill is dated from 16th century and is now the only functioning watermill of its kind in Middle East. Odeh Watermill also reveals a sophisticated architectural and artistic tradition of Jordanian people, becoming an important artifact to the history of the region.
Distance: 23 km
Duration: 5-6 hours
Level of difficulty: Easy-Moderate
We would like to express our gratitude to Her Excellency Mrs. Alice Wells, Mr. Wooster and the U.S. Embassy staff for the wonderful time and for choosing Discover Jordan Tours. And our big thanks to Chef Sally Jane for the delicious sugar free pumpkin spiced granola energy bars! Visit The Pantry by Chef Sally Jane FB page clicking here.
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