When people think of Jordan, it is not uncommon for them to picture a dry, flat landscape with nothing but some scrub and maybe a bird or lizard. It’s just a desert, right? Well, not so. In fact, Jordan is the home to some amazingly diverse wildlife, landscapes and scenery. From the deep siq of Wadi Mujib to the clingy peaks of Wadi Rum and the waterfalls of Wadi Kerak, there is much to explore here. One of your best options for really seeing Jordanian nature close up is going on an adventure excursion through Tropical Desert Trips.
Tropical Desert Trips is an adventure tour company based in Jordan. Their excursions include hiking, canyoning, spelunking, and rock climbing. They can get you to parts of Jordan not easily accessible to those who are unfamiliar with the country. In fact, there are many people from Jordan who don’t know the whereabouts of some of their awesome locales.
Tropical Desert owner, Hakim Tamimi, has been immersed in the world of climbing and adventure trekking for several years. He is a pioneer of the sport in Jordan, and began with no formal training or instructors to guide him. He was enamored, however, and continued to get out there and take on the next challenge. He persevered through scrapes and breaks until, finally, he was able to access formal training by some of the sport’s most respected teachers, like Tony Howard and Wilfried Colonna, as well as notable professionals in France and Spain. He and the rest of his team at Tropical Desert Trips have also received special training in first aid and safety measures. They run a very safety-conscious, professional organization.
If you’re in Jordan with family and you want to do a low key half-day trip that will go easy on the kids, something like the 4km hike from Ajloun to Kufranjeh may be suitable for you. One of Jordan’s greenest regions, Ajloun sits at a higher elevation than the capitol, so the weather is generally a bit cooler and suitable for hiking even in the summer.
Another good family day could be spent canyoning in Wadi Bin Hamad. The path is simple to negotiate and only your feet will get wet. Of course, you can get wet from head to toe if you really want to!
If you’re up for serious adventure canyoning, on the difficult end of the scale, you have trips to Wadi Feid, a canyon with 12 waterfalls. The hiking is strenuous, rappelling skills are necessary, and you can’t avoid taking a swim in the cold water there.
Tropical Desert Trips also leads many climbing excursions, including several beautiful climbs in Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum is a destination for climbers from all over the world.
If you’ve always wanted to try climbing, but haven’t yet had the chance, they also provide climbing lessons with very clear objectives and an all-encompassing course that includes history, climbing, and gear care, etc. Everything to get you off on the right foot!
Many trips come with meals provided. Trips can last anywhere from half-day hike to seven-day long treks. If you’re interested in checking out their trips, go to their website to see what’s available: http://tropicaldeserttrips.com/
You can also check them out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/tropicaldesert/