• Camel Rides & Hot Air Balloons in Wadi Rum

My 5 Favorite Things to do in Jordan From Adventure to Spa Time

Looking back at my trip in Jordan, I am in awe of how many cool things I got to do there! I was surprised that I enjoyed it so much as my favorite places are beaches, followed by cities, and then lastly, nature. Not that I don’t like nature, but it’s just not my top choice. Jordan has a unique history that blows your mind as you travel there and learn about it (not just Greeks and Romans, but all the way back to the Bible!). Here are my 5 favorite things to do in Jordan!

Before you go: You DO need a visa. You’ll get it on arrival and I think it was around $60. You will likely fly to Amman and start your travels from there. It’s a good hub. You will want around 10 days in Jordan to see everything. Here is my itinerary. DO get travel insurance for all the adventure activities. Here is a list of what is and isn’t covered by World Nomads so you can choose the right plan.

5 “Must Do” Things to do in Jordan

1. Hot Air Ballooning in Wadi Rum

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This is my number one- even though while I was up there I felt sick- because it was beautiful, adventurous, and something I won’t forget. I always wonder what it would feel like being in a basket in the sky and let me tell you, it didn’t feel like I thought it would!

  • Read more about my time in Wadi Rum
  • If you want to do a hot air balloon and are coming here only for a night, then check out this tour on Viator which is $200 and includes transport there and back from Amman, hot air balloon ride, all meals, camping in desert, 4×4 Jeep ride, and other things. You can read up on it and book it on Viator with this link.

2. Exploring Petra

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I guess this is a given! You can’t come here and NOT see Petra right? Definitely ride an animal here! The camels, donkeys, and horses are everywhere and make they day a little more adventurous. Petra was amazing. Because I was tired, hot, and sweaty I don’t know if in the moment I realized HOW amazing it was. I was so hot I had a hard time even listening to my guide. I recommend coming and resting up the day before so you’re really fresh and mentally prepared for a little trek in the heat!

  • Essential tips for visiting Petra
  • You can take a full day tour to Petra from Amman for $190. It’s definitely more expensive than going on your own, but I know some of you prefer tours. This is the highest ranked tour on one of the top tour sites, Get Your Guide. Read more and book it here.

3. Checking out Rainbow Street in Amman

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Like I said, I really like the cities. I loved exploring this trendy little street, eating ice cream, and just people watching. You learn about places in the cities as much as the rural areas. I mean, Wadi Rum, Petra, and more were quite touristy. Cities are just people living! So, it was cool to see the architecture, the small shops, people on their way to work, the types of cars they drove… really just all the small details.

4. Getting a Spa Treatment at Ma’in Hot Springs

ma'in The Best Spa in Jordan

I am such a sucker for massages! I literally am addicted because they are around $8 in India (and that’s when the masseuse comes to my house!) so I get them nearly weekly and actually feel stiff when I go too long without one… I know.. it’s ridiculous. But Ma’in is the best spa in Jordan based on many publications and the tourism board there, and I was NOT disappointed. Beyond that, the place and food were great and Ben LOVED being in the hot springs and natural waterfalls. Like a kid in a candy shop!

5. Floating in the Dead Sea

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Of course this is on the list… Like Baloo in the Jungle Book, I floated around.. “forget about your worries and your strife.. I mean the bare necessities, old mother nature’s recipes, that bring the bare necessities of life!” The Kempinski Hotel is a masterpiece and I only wish I could have stayed longer. I love that you can use the mud from the pit and do a DIY spa treatment… there were 7 swimming pools.

So there we have it, my 5 favorite things to do in Jordan and the main memories I think of when I look back on my time in Jordan. I wrote SO many articles about it and you can see them all HERE.

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Danielle July 14, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Now Jordan is on my ever expanding bucket list. Thanks a lot Rachel!

    Danielle – AmazingFoodAndJourney.com

  2. [email protected] The British Berliner July 18, 2016 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Niiiiice! Jordan looks amazing Rachel! I especially like the part about floating in the Red Sea. I’ve been to Egypt 4 times (years ago), and I very much enjoyed floating in all that warm salty seawater.
    It took an age to get all the salt out of my hair. And my ears. And my nostrils. But it was all worth it lol!

  3. Tim UrbanDuniya July 22, 2016 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Loved them all!! Although I didn’t go hot air ballooning in Wadi Rum, it’s on the bucket list!

    • Rachel Jones July 22, 2016 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      It was cool, I wrote more detail about it in it’s own post – I did get a little “car sick” feeling for part of it. I think partly because it was so early in the Am and my body rejects pre sunrise wake up calls.

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