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Shared By: Justin Lozier on Aug 8, 2009
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Description

Jordan is a country full of history and wonder. The local people are generally extremely hospitable and helpful. The weather is similar to the rest of the Middle East - the best time to visit is fall, winter or spring.

The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JD), which in April of 2019 was about $1.45 US = 1 JD.

As of 2019, US citizens needed a visa to visit Jordan. The visa can be obtained in advance from the Jordanian Consulate in Washington DC or likely upon arrival at the airport. Look at purchasing a Jordan Pass (jordanpass.jo/Default.aspx) if you are going to places like Petra and Wadi Rum. Buying the Jordan Pass while still in the US should waive the visa fee.

The most famous rock climbing in Jordan is at Wadi Rum in the southern part of the country, but there is also climbing near the Dead Sea and in the north near the cities of Jerash & Irbid. There's also a large, modern climbing gym in Amman (Climbat).

There is a fair amount of climbing info for Jordan on the internet. Two sites with some (dated) route info are:

https://tropicaldesert.me/jordan-climbing-topo-cliffs#jordanclimbingtopo

https://climbingjordan.com/topos/

British Climbers Tony Howard and Di Taylor have written several guidebooks for Jordan that were published by Cicerone Press in the UK. The guides are now quite outdated (last published in 1997), but for route descriptions of classic routes (Merlin's Wand, The Beauty, et al), the books still work fine.

Getting There

If traveling by air, you can fly into Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in the capital city of Amman or into the southern city of Aqaba. Aqaba is about an hour drive from Wadi Rum; Amman is about four hours.

It is also possible to fly into Israel and cross the border into Jordan, either near Amman or in the south near Aqaba.

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