Jordan Travel Tips


A tip for anyone considering Petra…go before dawn, hire horses and go over the mountains to the far end of the valley. That way, you do the whole experience back to front, and it’s a deliciously hairy and cowboy-like experience with the horses slipping on loose shale near sheer precipices – unsurprisingly, ‘Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade’ was shot here.

Plus you miss all the tourists (and indeed, anyone at all). You finally emerge by the treasury, having saved the best until last. It’s a tough day but a great experience.

Tif you’re up for it, make the four hour drive to the Dead Sea and bathe in the mineral-rich, stinkily emetic mud that you’ll find off the shore under the slat flats, and you’ll feel great after. Okay, that’s messing about, back to work. I’m back in London once more, where I have to do some serious book signing and writing this week.

4 comments on “Jordan Travel Tips”

  1. Dan Terrell says:

    When my wife and I heard you were going to try to get to those cities via that Israeli crossing, we said: “Oh, good luck Christopher.” Most Israelis don’t want to cross there, as it’s too difficult even for them. We visited Israel last year to see friends, and the country, and we crossed into Jordan from Eilat, Israel in the far south of the country. Easy and fast. We hired a car to take us to Petra,and then we walked down the long defile to the Treasury, and walked back up (!), it was hot, but terrific. My wife had seen it once before when she drove from Germany to Afghanistan with her parents in the mid-60s, well before the Six-Day War chopped off a lot of geography. They went to Petra via the same route as you, looked down on the Treasury and were greatly impressed. It must have been a fantastic experience; actually the whole drive to Kabul was.(We met married and lived in Afghanistan for five and a half years.) I have your latest Bryant & May and can’t wait for some peace to read it.

  2. Wayne says:

    Would that book signing be the slipcase edition of Red gloves by any chance?

    Looks like you had a great experience over there…

  3. admin says:

    I haven’t seen the slipcase edition yet but I’ll let you know as soon as I have…

  4. Wayne says:

    Thank you Chris. BTW nice pics of your trip….

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