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.