Jordan in Photos: A Walk Through Civilizations Past and Present

Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott August 16, 2012 7

A camel ride with a Bedouin man through the vast desert of Wadi Rum.

When most people think of Jordan, they think of the ancient Nabataean site of Petra. For good reason, as it’s prime bucket list material in every dimension. But while Petra makes for terrific motivation to visit Jordan and an excellent first stop, there’s so much more.

Jordan, it turns out, has always been a crossroads of trade routes, cultures, and civilizations. From Nabataean to Greek to Roman to Byzantine to Umayyad to Ottoman, the breadth and depth of history in Jordan — particularly for such a small country — can almost overwhelm. And after touring all of Jordan’s historical sites, you’ll have found threads of culture and tradition that bind the past — like a Bedouin coffee ceremony and nomadic shepherding lifestyle — with the Jordanian sense of the modern day.

And in a relatively small space, Jordan’s nature and landscape packs in a variety – from the red desert moonscapes of Wadi Rum to the surreal blues of the Dead Sea. As you take it all in, remember to take time out to enjoy a glass of tea, to share a plate of mezze (appetizers) and perhaps to smoke a shisha pipe in conversation with the Jordanian people you’ll meet along your way.

A Bedouin man baking bread the traditional way, in the ashes of the fire. Taken in Wadi Rum.

A busy spice shop in downtown Amman.

Jordanian food is small plate, family style eating at its best. So many tastes in every meal.

Our first sight of the Dead Sea.

A walk through the ancient Roman city of Jerash.

Further afield from the Treasury at Petra is the Monastery. Definitely worth the trek.



  1. Vagabondette Mandy August 16, 2012 at 11:49 am - Reply

    I love exploring spice markets. Heck, I love exploring any kind of market. :) Wonder if I can sneak some spices home in my bag!

  2. Jeff Dobbins August 16, 2012 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Absolutely stunning. Jordan has been on my list for a while, but this post makes it hard not to grab my bag and head to the airport. Can’t wait to experience Jordan.

  3. Anisha August 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Pleased to see such lovely photographs. Heading there jn a month, travelling around Jordan then onto Lebanon. Very much looking forward to it!

  4. mirta ines rocha August 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Hermosas fotografias…….me encantaria estar personalmente

  5. Kevin Knight August 17, 2012 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Spectacular photography! I particularly love the Bedouin man baking bread the traditional way. What a fantastic experience it would be to camp over night in Wadi Rum and “break bread” with the locals.

  6. Mark Kirkham August 18, 2012 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Visited Petra 4 times, it’s the most amazing place I’ve ever seen, and Wadi Rhum, words can’t describe, thanks for the pics.

  7. Paul Thomson December 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Jordan looks beautiful! Especially like the photo with the spices!

    Will put it on my bucketlist! Thanks for a good post

    Paul :-)

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