South of Jordan
Hi, hi! I wanted to share some photos from my recent trip through the south of Jordan. I'll be sharing more photos from Amman later this week, so keep an eye out!
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We began our trip in Karak, a city notorious for its ancient castle. Construction on the castle began in 1140, and it's apparently one of the oldest buildings in the Levant. It was incredible to see something of both this age and scale, and to see the sweeping views of the valleys below.
We then traveled to the Dana Biosphere Reserve, which is Jordan's largest nature reserve. We spent the first night watching the sunset and exploring the surrounding caves and boulders at night before hiking through the valley the next day.
After Dana, we headed to the city of Petra, an incredible historical and archeological city famous for its ancient rose-cut architecture and known as one of the New7 Wonders of the World. We spent the first evening watching the sunset over the city. Golden hour is incredible anyplace (I'm a glutton for good light; oops) but it was particularly special from this mountaintop. The next day, I hiked through the ancient city and up two of its peaks with my friend Kevin (who warrants a shoutout for tolerating many hours of nonsense).
Finally, we spent a night in Wadi Rum, driving through the dunes and psuedo-camping (read: beds). The desert is absolutely spectacular, and it was so much fun to shoot sunset over the dunes. We spent the next morning with camels, who are a decidedly a new favorite animal second to baby elephants.
More soon! xx