Most travelers skip the north of Jordan for the irresistible pull of storied destinations down south, such as Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea, but now there’s a new reason to venture north of Amman: a cluster of new community-based tourism projects that are drawing visitors to villages well off Jordan’s trodden route. Instead of desert dunes and rugged wadis, head north and you’ll find wheat fields, forests of deciduous oak, olive groves and rarely visited communities that have started to open up and you can visit it like a local through community tourism.
Explore Jordan’s natural wonders and ancient history, small-group tour of Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea. Travel by climate-controlled vehicle with an English-speaking driver as you explore Petra’s rock-cut architecture, go off-road in Wadi Rum, and soak up the mineral-rich mud of the Dead Sea. Then, spend the night beneath the stars and enjoy an evening of Bedouin cuisine and culture. Private tour options are available. Take in southern Jordan’s top sights in two days—ideal for those short on time Explore Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site Discover the desert of Wadi Rum on a 4×4 tour Soak up the mineral-rich waters of Dead Sea.