Camels in Wadi Rum, Southern Jordan.
Camels with their Bedouin handler in the desert of Wadi Rum

Jordan is a safe, welcoming, and incredibly photogenic land in the Middle East. Bordered by mountains, the Dead Sea, The Red Sea, enormous deserts and lush, green hills, Jordan has a little bit of everything. Combining beautiful landscapes with the history and physical reminders of thousands of years of settlement, Jordan is a small country with a lot to offer. 

These pictures of Jordan are a photographic document of solo travel in the Kingdom one sunny, but chilly November.

The King Hussein Blue Mosque of Amman with catholic church in ba
The King Hussein Blue Mosque of Amman with catholic church in the background. Two world religions side by side.

Wadi Rum

The favourite part of Jordan of many people (including me) in Jordan is Wadi Rum. Thankfully, the landscape is almost untouched by tourists and industry. Apart from the Bedouin camps, which have to more or less conform to certain standards and colours, and tyre tracks from 4WD vehicles, the desert is as it has been for centuries. Lawrence of Arabia, the most famous visitor to this part of the Middle East probably saw an almost identical landscape to what you can see in Wadi Rum even now.

Camels in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Camels in Wadi Rum, Jordan
The view from a mountain in Wadi Rum
The view from a mountain in Wadi Rum
Bedouin tour guides in Wadi Rum near Khazali canyon
Bedouin tour guides in Wadi Rum near Khazali canyon
Bedouin sitting at entrance to Khazali canyon
Bedouin sitting at entrance to Khazali canyon
Sunset in Wadi Rum
Sunset in Wadi Rum
Rainbow in Wadi Rum
Rainbow in Wadi Rum
Sandboarding Bedouin guide
A sandboarder Bedouin guide

Petra

Many people around the world were introduced to Petra through the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. Sights like the beautiful Treasury of Petra, the imposing Cathedral, and the long passageways through the sheer rock faces, including the iconic Siq, have drawn visitors in their millions every year, with numbers increasing steadily since the release of that movie. Photographers are in luck. The colours of Petra change with every season and at every hour of the day so there’s always a new angle to shoot.

Local kids on horseback near the climb to the cathedral of petra
Local kids on horseback near the climb to the cathedral of Petra
The Siq - Entrance to Petra
The Siq – Entrance to Petra
The Magnificent and enormous Cathedral of Petra
The Magnificent and enormous Cathedral of Petra
A lonely tree in front of wide valley near Petra Jordan
A lonely tree in front of wide valley near Petra Jordan
The Treasury of Petra in the early morning
The Treasury of Petra in the early morning
A lone donkey looks on as tourists walk in Petra
A lone donkey looks on as tourists walk in Petra
Vases for sale in front of the Treasury of Petra
Vases for sale in front of the Treasury of Petra
A longer vew of the Cathedral in Petra
A longer vew of the Cathedral in Petra
Petra's Treasury From Above
Petra’s Treasury From Above

Amman

Despite appearances, it’s only in relatively recent times that Amman has transformed into a bustling city of 4 million people and the capital of Jordan. People have been living in the region for thousands of years and evidence of the city’s history is dotted around the many hills. While not on the level of say, Rome, the architectural and historical sites of interest make the city a worthwhile trip for travellers. Amman now sees a regular influx of tourists and business travellers – it is one of the most visited Arab cities in the world. The hilly nature of Amman and the almost guaranteed sunshine make it a great location for travel photography.

Sunset over Amman
Sunset over Amman
The Temple of Hercules at the Citadel of Amman
The Temple of Hercules at the Citadel of Amman
The Roman Amphitheatre in Amman
The Roman Amphitheatre in Amman
Cloudy view of the city of Amman, the capital of Jordan
Cloudy view of the city of Amman, the capital of Jordan
The City Centre of Amman
The City Centre of Amman

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