For many people Jordan begins and ends with the magical ancient Nabataean city of Petra. And it 's true, Petra is without doubt one of the Middle East 's most spectacular, unmissable sights, battling it out with Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat for the title of the world 's most dramatic lost city.
Yet there's so much more to see in Jordan - ruined Roman cities, Crusader castles, desert citadels and powerful biblical sites. Jordan's capital Amman is a modern, culturally diverse Arab city which is lightyears away from the typical cliches of Middle Eastern exoticism. The country also offers some of the wildest adventures in the region, as well as an incredibly varied backdrop ranging from the red desert sands of Wadi Rum to the brilliant blues of the coral-filled Gulf of Aqaba; from rich palm-filled wadis to the lifeless Dead Sea. Ultimately it 's the sensual delights of daily life in the Middle East that you 'll hanker for longest after you return home; the bittersweet taste of cardamom coffee or the smell of a richly scented nargileh, the intoxicating swirl of Arabic pop sliding out of an Amman doorway and the deafening silence of the desert. Jordanians are a passionate and proud people and the country truly welcomes visitors with open arms. Regardless of your nationality, you'll be greeted with nothing but courtesy and hospitality in this gem of a country.