Arriving into Jordan

posted Dec 25, 2010, 8:01 AM by Darren Cannell   [ updated Dec 25, 2010, 11:15 PM ]
When we were landing we could actually see the desert unlike leaving Cairo due to the pollution.  We knew that we had to buy a visa into Jordan but what we did not know is that you have to pay in JOD only and the ATM would not take our bank debit card so thankfully I had some USD and we exchanged them for JOD.  The Jordanian dollar is doing marvellously well and is worth a lot more than American money.  You need cash to pay for most things, like gasoline and payment into the sites.  Your visa charge card does not get you very far in Jordan.  Once we got out of the airport with our rent a car Darren relaxed because the roads were fine and the traffic was not bad where we were driving to which was south.  Plus you drive on the North American side of the road which is a lot less stressful for driving in an unknown country.  Expect armed check stops along your drives and coming in to the airport there are armoured vehicles.  Everyone seems friendly.   The desert is quite barren and the side towns along the way look like they are what you would think are straight out of Afghanistan.    Every 5 miles or so there is a mosque which is the prettiest thing along the road.  People wave at you when they pass, we were feeling quite comfortable.  The drive to Petra was interesting and when you get closer to Petra and the rock formations it becomes quite beautiful.  We passed one old fortification from the Crusaders time along the Kings’ Highway which has been used for over 6000 years.  This country is ancient and it is part of the Holy Land and our first experience in a country that is not visited by the average Canadian and it should be.