Jordan in August

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Jordan in August

Post by coffeeguy » Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:05 pm

Thinking two weeks, what say you? any recommendations of things to see and do outside the obvious? Too fukking hot (we did southern turkey in summer and survived...)?

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Post by Unwashed_Pom » Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:22 pm

Apart from the Roman amphitheater in Amman there isn't a great deal to see. We chose to stay (I think her name was Ruth from LP who recommended it) in Madaba, a little village close to the airport. From there we hired a car and drove down the Old King's Highway to Petra and beyond. Stunning scenery and sights and not a lot of traffic as the new desert highay caters for those wanting to get from a to b in a flash.

Get a three day pass for Petra. Wadi Musa is the closest town and from there you can drive to Wadi Rum for a day trip or stay overnight (in a tent).

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Post by polardude1 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:27 pm

It will be fucking hot. I loved Petra and only wished I made it to Wadi Rum. When visiting Petra, I stayed n Wadi Musa
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Post by northern_goddess » Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:58 pm

Are you going for sure, coffeeguy? It's been on my list of places to get to for a while and I would love to see pictures and read a trip report.
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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:01 am

Too fucking hot. I was there in around July, maybe August. I camped out in the ruins at Petra and caught a ration of shit for it on the way out the next day.

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:22 am

I actually don't recall Amman or Petra as being oppressively hot, but they are at about 1,000 meters elevation. Driving past the Dead Sea truly was "too fucking hot", and Cairo was as well.

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Post by Unwashed_Pom » Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:35 am

I was in Petra on the first aniversary of 9/11. On day three of my three day pass I was the only one there. It wasn't too uncomfortable then. The longest hike in Petra is to the Library and it'll take you most of the day to get there and back to Wadi Musa. I really would want to be doing it in summer however.

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Post by Butterfingers » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:18 am

I went August/September. It was hot. I remember I had the runs at Petra and towards the end of trekking through it nearly shit my pants. Good times. I was too scared to ride a donkey or whatever was around, for fear of brewing up the gut.

I went to Wadi Rum (camped out overnight there), Petra, Dead Sea. I think Amman. It was an amazing experience. By that point I'd been through Egypt for a couple of weeks so had started acclimatized to the heat.

Be serious about staying comfortable. Drink hydration salts, wear sensible clothes. If you do that you should be fine.

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:56 pm

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Wait, so that is different from "the Treasury" near the end of the Siq? I think I missed that monument. :oops:

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:00 pm

Here's the Treasury and the Siq...


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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:15 pm

And here is Wadi Rum, with best scenery after the 1:40 mark


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Post by coffeeguy » Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:02 pm

Thanks for the feedback.

NG, we’re not 100 percent committed yet, but seriously thinking about it.

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Post by Unwashed_Pom » Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:33 pm

Steve_in_Exile wrote:
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Wait, so that is different from "the Treasury" near the end of the Siq? I think I missed that monument. :oops:
Yeah. Treasury is at the entrance and the Library is at the other end of Petra.

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Post by polardude1 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:45 pm

Sunset in Petra is epic
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Post by coffeeguy » Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:00 pm

polardude1 wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:45 pm
Sunset in Petra is epic
Worth paying for a guide to take us through? Or do it yourself? I’m interested in the history and sometimes find a knowledgeable guide is worth it

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Post by polardude1 » Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:36 pm

You can easily do it yourself along with a guide book. I entered 2 x, the afternoon I arrived and the whole next day
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Post by Boinkity_Boink » Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:50 pm

Unwashed_Pom wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:22 pm
down the Old King's Highway to Petra and beyond. Stunning scenery and sights and not a lot of traffic as the new desert highay caters for those wanting to get from a to b in a flash.
I second the Old King's Highway suggestion. Nice scenery, nice people, very few tourists.

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Post by Homerj » Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:44 pm

Keep your eyes open as Royal Jordanian has been offering super cheap flights from both Tronna and Montreal.
Seen them in the $500 range and that's in arctic pesos.
I'm going to the back seat of my car, with the woman I love, and I won't be back for ten minutes!

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Post by coffeeguy » Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:01 pm

Homerj wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:44 pm
Keep your eyes open as Royal Jordanian has been offering super cheap flights from both Tronna and Montreal.
Seen them in the $500 range and that's in arctic pesos.
Thanks for the heads up!

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Post by Homerj » Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:42 pm

CG if I see it posted again on my cheap airfare sites I will send you a PM
I'm going to the back seat of my car, with the woman I love, and I won't be back for ten minutes!

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Post by mishmish » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:48 am

Nice! But yer brains are gonna fry. Too hot for me. Do what butterfingers said, make a habit of navigating through shade (the temperature difference is huge) and you'll be fine.

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Post by coffeeguy » Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:47 pm

Homerj wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:42 pm
CG if I see it posted again on my cheap airfare sites I will send you a PM
Thanks homer, much appreciated

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Post by Andrea1 » Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:25 pm

polardude1 wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:36 pm
You can easily do it yourself along with a guide book. I entered 2 x, the afternoon I arrived and the whole next day
Yes. Stayed 3 nights, saw the bulk/highlights on the first day - entry early, just wandered off track more the second day. The following day headed to Wadi Rum - on a 2 day tour organised by the place I stayed in Petra.

Don't know if it affects it, but my photos weren't as pink as some others I've seen. I put it down to being there in the winter, duller caused by the weather/light rather than me being a shit photographer. If that's true, your photos will be truly gorgeous and very very pink.

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Post by micvan » Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:53 am

We camped in wadi rum for a few days (august). It was 56 C. The nights were amazing lying in camp and watching the shooting stars; I've never seen the Milky Way like that. I like Aqaba but most people "lived" at night shopping and such too hot during the day except to hang out at the pool. I've been to visit Petra twice. Both times with multiple days pass. Second time we "scrambled" down the alternate route into the site down the dry riverbed. The guards initially told us we weren't allowed to do it but we just said we were and that was that. We visited Bethany and the Dead Sea mount Nebo. We also stayed in Dana and did a couple of hikes out of there. Hired a car to go to the Lake District east of Amman or what was left of it. It's slowly being sucked dry there are huge demands on the water table. Lawrence of Arabia had a camp in the Lake District. I liked Jordan

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Post by Citizen Baba » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:02 pm

I'm going to Jordan for work in January for 10 days (and probably at least one more time in 2019), but I'll mostly be limited to Amman and the Azraq refugee camp.

I'm not planning on taking any days off, so I wonder if it would be worthwhile to go to Petra just for a weekend?

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Post by Unwashed_Pom » Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:08 pm

Citizen Baba wrote:
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I'm going to Jordan for work in January for 10 days (and probably at least one more time in 2019), but I'll mostly be limited to Amman and the Azraq refugee camp.

I'm not planning on taking any days off, so I wonder if it would be worthwhile to go to Petra just for a weekend?
Better if you could wangle a long weekend and make the most of Petra. We drove from Madaba (near airport) in the morning, had lunch at Karak and were in Wadi Mousa (Petra) by late afternoon. That was via The Old King's Hwy. Alternatively you could take the quicker Desert Hwy. to cut down on driving time.

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Post by bundes » Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:14 pm

Following this thread as I had dismissed going to Jordan for my 50th since it is mid August.

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Post by kotagiri_tea_planter » Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:41 pm

The Library? I thought it was called The Monastery? Either way, yes it's different from The Treasury near the entrance of Petra. And more impressive I thought. I remember having to climb/hike up a lot of stairs to get there.

I was in Jordan sometime around June into July, don't remember it being oppressively hot unless I was doing a lot of walking at the height of the midday sun and even then it wasn't as bad as the hottest spots I had been at on that same trip, which was the top of Masada in Israel and on the Cairo Metro.

Both Petra and Wadi Rum are worth a few days each. Amman was pleasant enough but couldn't get a feel for the layout of the place the short time I was there. Most of the people I met in Jordan were nice, too, a lot different from the hordes of touts in Egypt.

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Post by Mike Hunt » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:14 am

I'll be in Amman in about 10 days. I seriously don't think I'm going to have time to go to Petra.

Is there anything worth doing in Amman and environs.

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Post by Chip_Oatley » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:19 am

I hired a driver to take me to the Dead Sea for a Sunday morning. Just to see it and float around (felt gross to me).

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