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Valley of the Moon

By Linda Tancs

Popularly referred to as the Valley of the Moon for its alien-looking landscape, Wadi Rum (Arabic for “sand valley”) is a protected desert wilderness in southern Jordan. Virtually all of its inhabitants are of Bedouin origin, the Zalabia tribe being largely responsible for tourism services like jeep and camel tours. It’s prized for its sunsets, offering both summer and winter sites for the best views. Other landmarks are the towering sandstone mountains, the ancient inscriptions at Alameleh and Anfashieh and many sand dunes and canyons for trekking.

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The Jordan Trail

By Linda Tancs

The Jordan Trail is a continuous route crossing the entire country of Jordan, offering over 403 miles of trails through diverse terrains and landscapes. From Um Qais in the north to the Red Sea in the south, it flows alongside the Great Rift Valley, overlooking rugged wadis and cliffs, breathtaking scenery and archaeological monuments. If the route sounds intimidating, then take advantage of the groups and companies leading hikes. Nevertheless, a complete through-hike is physically demanding; take that into account when planning your journey.

The Life and Times of Romans in Jordan

By Linda Tancs

In yet another nod to the appeal of gladiator contests and chariot races, Jerash, Jordan is the latest site for the staging of gladiator fights and chariot races at its restored hippodrome.  This “Rome away from Rome” as the Tourism Board so aptly puts it is a perfect locale for the reenactments of ancient sporting events.  After all, the excavated colonnaded paved streets reveal chariot tracks worn in the original stone.

Wonders of the World

By Linda Tancs

What a wonder-full world.  After a global vote, the results are in.  The newest 7 wonders of the world are, in no particular order:  The Great Wall of China, Rome’s Colosseum, India’s Taj Mahal, Jordan’s Petra, Peru’s Machu Picchu, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer, and Mexico’s Chichen Itza.  Will the losing candidates demand a recount?

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