Reader David Townsend ex­plores the deserts, ci­ties and sandy icons of Jor­dan

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The high­light: Pe­tra! The pain of the hike to the Monastery was so worth it. Wadi Rum was also awe-in­spir­ing. Its Mars-like set­ting was the per­fect place to view the Milky Way in the dark skies above. Must see: Wadi Mu­jib has a fan­tas­tic river-canyon­ing course, just south of the Dead Sea ho­tel we stayed at. Rock jump­ing and get­ting com­pletely soaked was such a great ex­pe­ri­ence. Top tip: At the Trea­sury in Pe­tra, be sure to take the of­fer from the lo­cals of a hike up to the view look­ing down onto this fan­tas­tic mon­u­ment. It’s not for the faint-hearted, though! Cau­tion­ary tale: Do not take ad­van­tage of the don­key or camel rides in Pe­tra. We saw one lady fall off on the steep­est part of the climb up to the Monastery. Plus, if you can, you want to feel like you’ve con­quered the walk!

I wish I’d known... What an amaz­ing city Am­man, the cap­i­tal of Jor­dan, ac­tu­ally is! It was a shame that we only had a morn­ing to visit the city, but the kind­ness of the lo­cals and the gen­eral feel of the place was very uplift­ing.

Any­thing else? Don’t be­lieve every­thing you think you know about the Mid­dle East. The warmth of the peo­ple we en­coun­tered was an ab­so­lute joy. Go ex­plore! Also, I wish I’d taken more in­sect re­pel­lent with me, as the flies at the Dead Sea were killers!

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