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The best of Jordan, via Instagram

The best of Jordan, via Instagram

I’m not sure if I really knew what to expect from Jordan: I knew that there would be delicious falafel, the place where they shot Indiana Jones and perhaps some camels, but beyond that, I was completely open-minded (read: clueless). The one thing I didn’t expect it to be was so beautiful in so many different ways: Jordan does not come to mind when you think of beautiful beach sunsets, spectacular desert scenery, luxurious and remote resorts with hot springs and waterfalls.

Camel outside the Treasury in Petra ruins, Jordan

As I shared my photos via Instagram during the 10 days I was there, I think other people felt the same way. All of that, in Jordan? Really? Really. The next few weeks will have plenty of Jordan-focused content as I attempt to organize my photos and contemplate my experiences and try to figure out how to share every ounce of Middle Eastern goodness with you, but until then–here are my favorite photos of Jordan, via Instagram.

First view of Jordan from Royal Jordanian Airlines

The first view of Jordan from our Royal Jordanian flight: the patchwork of fields below reminded me of my hometown of Sacramento.

Olive trees and hills in Jordan

Rolling hills with centuries-old olive trees and castle ruins: more of a scene I expected in Provence, not Jordan.

Christine Amorose on the Roman amphitheater ruins in Amman, Jordan

I’m not usually one to be scared of heights, but even I had a dizzying sense of vertigo as I looked down from the top row of the largest amphitheater of Roman ruins in Amman.

Beduoin with an iPhone in the desert in Jordan

Shattering stereotypes: Hussein came from a traditional Beduoin tribe, but uses Facebook (his profile picture is of him and his camel), has a Hungarian wife (who he met when she was tourist in Petra!) and chooses to live in a house in a village instead of the traditional tent.

View of the desert from the pool at the Petra Marriott

That’s a pool with a view: the Marriott Hotel in Petra has a staggering desert backdrop.

Ma'In Six Senses Resort, Hot Springs and Waterfall in Jordan

The Ma’In Six Senses Resort and Spa was nestled among natural hot springs waterfalls that trickle out to the Dead Sea.

Ma'In Six Senses Resort, Hot Springs and Waterfall in Jordan

We woke up at sunrise for a relaxing dip in the hot springs and to watch the sunshine fall over the cliffs.

Ma'In Six Senses Resort, Hot Springs and Waterfall in Jordan

My only regret is that we didn’t have enough time there for me to use the pool: my idea of a perfect day would have been rotating between the chaise lounge, the pool and the waterfall. Bang.

Horse in the sunset at Karak ruins in Jordan

Sunset over a lone horse, city buildings and castle ruins in Karak.

Hiking through the Dana Nature Reserve in Jordan

We hiked nine miles to get to Feynan Eco Lodge: the red cliffs, pink oleander bushes and lone burst of greenery reminded me of the red rocks of Sedona.

Sunset over Wadi Rum in Jordan

Everything is dramatic in the open spaces of Wadi Rum–which means desert of the moon–particularly the sunsets, as seen from the back of a 4×4.

Christine Amorose eating a falafel in Amman, Jordan

My first falafel sandwich in the Middle East! Not bad, but I won’t lie–I prefer L’as du Fallafel in Paris!

Traditional Upside down chicken and rice in Jordan

I was much more impressed by traditional Jordanian dishes like “upside down” chicken and rice, topped with sour yogurt and freshly diced vegetables.

Christine Amorose doing a camel pose with camels in Wadi Rum desert in Jordan

I couldn’t resist a camel’s pose before our morning camel ride in Wadi Rum!

Traditional Jordanian mezze of tabbouleh

Even though we ate pita bread and hummus and mezze like tabbouleh every single day, I didn’t get sick of it once. Absolutely love Middle Eastern food.

Jerash ancient Roman ruins in Jordan

The ancient ruins of Jerash, outside of Amman: seriously more impressive than any ruins I’ve seen in Europe–including Pompei!

Camping in the Dana Nature reserve in Jordan

So, we camped. In a teepee. In the middle of desert. Essentially all of my childhood dreams come true.

Sunrise over Dana Nature Reserve in Jordan

A hazy sunrise over the Dana Nature Reserve.

Blue mosque in Amman, Jordan

The beautiful Blue Mosque in Amman: the most impressive part to me was that it’s located directly across from a large church. How’s that for religious peace and stability in the Middle East!

Yoga pose silhouette in a Dead Sea sunset

Striking a yoga pose in front of the Dead Sea on my last night in Jordan.

Note: I was a guest of the Jordan Tourism Board, but all opinions are my own.ย 

  • So, as we start to think about actually leaving Asia and heading to Europe in the next few months, we’ve been thinking about which places will make the cut when it comes to our dwindling travel savings… we had been thinking that as much as we’d like to see Jordan, maybe it would have to get axed in favor of some other places especially as we know it can be pricey. These photos are making us seriously reconsider that decision…

  • JulikaSarah

    These photos are amazing, Christine! I loved following your trip via Instagram — Jordan looks like such a stunning country!

  • It looks like Jordan was amazing! Can’t wait to read more. Especially love the last pic of you!

  • Just lovely Christine! I can’t believe these photos are only your Instagram ones – how much more gorgeous will the real photos from the DSLR be! Seems like you had an awesome time! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

  • lindsaypunk

    Ohmygosh, LOVE the last shot! So so awesome. Pretty sure I’d fall on my face attempting that pose for the self-timer, hahaha ๐Ÿ˜›

  • cosmoHallitan

    Stunning photos! I’ve heard such wonderful things about Jordan which look to be well founded. Can’t wait to visit there one day! Love the camel pose ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ashlee

    Amazing, amazing, amazing. These pictures are stunning!

  • Some great shots – I especially love that last one!

    I can’t wait to read more about your adventure in Jordan – it’s a place I really want to go myself someday!

  • Briel79

    Wonderful photos! Looking forward to hearing more about your trip!

  • Fantastico! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Absolutely stunning photos! Dying to get to Jordan.

  • Alana – Paper Planes

    Love these – looking forward to reading more, it sounds like such an exotic and intriguing area..

  • camorose

    Yes! Definitely go to Jordan–honestly, there is SO much to experience here and it’s so safe and peaceful. Really, really recommend.

  • camorose

    Thank you! It was incredible!

  • camorose

    Thanks, lady! I can’t wait to share all of my experiences in more detail ๐Ÿ™‚

  • camorose

    Thank you! I won’t lie–I think Instagram does a prettttty amazing job of perking all of these photos up! Jordan was best in real life, and second best through a filter ๐Ÿ™‚

  • camorose

    Haha it was actually on a not-very-balanced chaise lounge on wet ground–I was super worried I would fall!

  • camorose

    Thank you! Put it on your list–Jordan was amazing!

  • camorose

    Thanks, lovely!

  • camorose

    You’d love it–it has so many different things to experience!

  • camorose

    Thank you! Can’t wait to share ๐Ÿ™‚

  • camorose

    Thanks!

  • camorose

    Thank you! It’s amazing–you’d love it!

  • camorose

    It totally was–can’t wait to share!

  • Janine

    LOVE this Christine! Couldn’t have described it any better myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Stunning!!! Jordan looks amazing… and so do you ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • camorose

    Glad you enjoyed it, Janine! Thanks for setting up such an incredible trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  • camorose

    Thank you lady! It was a fantastic trip!

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  • Christine, these photos are stunning. What an amazing looking country.

  • Leah Travels

    This post makes me happy.

  • camorose

    And it was even better in person!

  • camorose

    Let’s go back ๐Ÿ™‚

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