A veritable action and adventure paradise, Jordan is home to a world of practically untouched nature and rural landscapes just waiting to be explored.

Whether you are an avid hiking enthusiast or a first time walker, Jordan has trekking and walking routes to suit all levels of fitness and experience. And the cherry on the cake – many of the hikes or walks include ancient sites of historical and cultural significance.

Walking in Jordan is such a popular tourism pursuit these days, that a walking trail spanning the whole length of the country – from Umm Qais in the north, to Aqaba and the Red Sea in the south, has been mapped out for hiking buffs.

The Jordan Trail, as it is known, is over 600km long and navigates its way across the rich and diverse landscapes of the country including the dramatic wadis of the Rift Valley, the vast desert plains of Wadi Rum, the iconic dusty reds and pinks of the Petra valley, the open panoramas of the Dead Sea all the way down to the Red Sea coast at Aqaba.

You don’t have to trek the whole route, but however many miles you walk, this trail, along with the many other walking routes available across the country, offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the real Jordanian culture, its warm and welcoming people and spectacular natural landscapes.