For those looking for an adrenaline rush, Jordan is full of adventurous opportunities. Wadi Rum is the first stop one should make when looking to get their heart rate up, as amongst its desert skyscrapers, vast expanse of red sand, otherworldly rock formations and colorful pinnacles visitors can skydive, paraglide, camp, rock climb, go hot air ballooning, ride camels, go on 4×4 tours, ATV and go desert trekking.
That being said, Wadi Rum isn’t the only place for an adrenaline rush. Dana Biosphere Reserve is Jordan’s largest nature reserve, encompassing 119 square miles (320 square kilometers) of rugged landscape across the Great Rift Valley with many opportunities for trekking through different climates and ecosystems, camping and 4x4ing. One challenging yet worthwhile experience includes spending a night camping at the Rummana Camp Site and waking up early to trek 14 kilometers (nine miles) to the Fenyan Ecolodge, passing sandstone gorges, colorful valleys, vibrant pink oliander, camels and goat-hair Bedouin tents. Truly adventurous travelers can extend the hike to go to Petra, which takes about five days to one week. For those who want to get a little wet, there’s Wadi Mujib for trekking and canyoning in the gorge and abseiling down 50-foot (15-meter waterfalls).