Jordan: From the Roman influence until their biblical cities

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The ancient Kingdom of Jordan, where the amazing city of Petra is one of the wonders that the Middle East has to offer. This country is bordered by Syria to the north, Iraq to the northwest, with Israel and the West Bank to the west by Saudi Arabia to the southeast and the Red Sea to the southwest. Like some of its neighbors, Jordan offers its visitors unforgettable traces of the rich past of the Middle East and a varied landscape that combines the fertility of the Great Rift Valley to the arid desert.

Climate:
The climate of Jordan is mostly desert with little rainfall during the year. The best times of year to visit Jordan is in autumn and spring when you can enjoy sunny days and a temperate climate at the same time avoiding the heat of summer and the cold winds of winter. July and August are the warmest months, during this time, temperatures can reach over 36 º C, especially in the Rift Valley and in Amman. In winter (November-April) temperatures drop greatly, particularly in the capital, where snow, rain and wind Arreciado. Although in most of the country, winters are raw, the Gulf of Aqaba enjoys a pleasant climate, even during the winter months.

Important Information:
To enter Jordan, you need to have a valid passport with a minimum of six months and acquire a visa upon arrival at the airport or at the consulate of the country of origin. The visa, which cost depends on the visitor’s home country, is valid for two weeks and can be extended to three months. Whenever you travel to the border area with Israel is required to have passports in hand, because the place is full of military checkpoints.

The official currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD), which can be exchanged at banks and exchange officers, the latter with better rates. The international use of cards (American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Diners Club) are widely received, but the foreign cards are accepted a little more limited. ATMs are plentiful and operate with the cards mentioned above.

The most important restaurants and hotels add a charge of 10-12% for the service to their bills, but the smaller it is customary to leave tips. Fares for taxis as often rounded tip.

Unless the traveler coming from an area infected with yellow fever or cholera cases in which it shall submit a certificate of vaccination, no other medical requirements for entering the country. However, recommended vaccinations against hepatitis A and B, typhoid, polio and tetanus. It is also advisable to drink bottled water limited, that is not expensive and can be obtained easily. The dishes containing poultry or eggs should be thoroughly cooked and eaten hot, as there have been some cases of bird flu. Medical facilities, which are mostly private, are abundant in the country and have a good level of care. Passengers are advised to take their medication and hire a personal medical insurance for the trip.

Places to Visit:
Amman, the capital of the country does not have many attractions, but being a city of at least 5000 years old, is full of Roman ruins that are worth knowing. Some of these include the Roman theater, which dates from the second century d. C, the Odeon, the nymphaeum, the main source of the city and the Roman town. You can also visit various museums like the National Archaeological, Folklore and the jewelry and costumes.

The city of Petra, carved out of pink rock and a World Heritage site, is one of the places you need to know on a trip to Jordan. To come into contact with the atmosphere of the place is recommended to spend a couple of days. Of the 800 monuments that can be seen in the city are the most important Khazneh (treasure), the monastery, the amphitheater and the temple of the winged lion.

The biblical town of Madaba is famous for its Byzantine mosaics, including especially the Madaba Map is located in the Greek church of St. George. Today the village is a large archaeological park where you can visit numerous monuments, churches and temples.

Jerash is a beautiful Roman town located 50 km north of the capital. In this ancient city, which has not yet been fully excavated, you can see the Arc de Triomphe, the temples of Zeus, Artemis, the Forum, the South Theater or stroll down the long street of columns. It’s good to keep in mind that this city is a walk back and forth yourself Amman, as they have in hotels to stay overnight.

Festivals:
The majority of Jordanians are Islamic parties and the main one is Ramadan, the fasting month which culminates with the Eid al-Fitr feast. Another celebration is the Eid al-adah which takes place in February and marks the time of pilgrimage to Mecca.

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