It is in the Jordanians themselves, in their age-old traditions and unique customs, that echoes of the past can be heard. For no destination can truly be known without first understanding its people. Keeping this in mind, we’ve unearthed some of Jordan’s most authentic experiences. Experiences that will give you the chance to read a little deeper into Jordan’s epic tale.
A NIGHT WITH THE BEDOUINS
Nomadic tribes have roamed Jordanian sands for over 100,000 years, learning from and surviving in environments too harsh to comprehend. They are the Bedouins. A people unconcerned about possessions or money; the Bedouins simply live to build a strong relationship with both the land and each other. There are a few places in Jordan where you can experience this fascinating culture first-hand, and one of them is the Wadi Rum desert, where you can stay in an authentic Bedouin Camp. Learn from your hosts, watch how they live and the traditions they uphold. It’s sure to be one of the greatest lessons you’ll encounter on Jordanian land.
A TASTE OF TRADITION
An authentic cooking class is an essential culinary and cultural experience, for so much of Jordan’s identity exists in the spices and flavours of its cuisine. Beit Sittu, located hidden away within the hustle and bustle of Amman, is an institution that recognises the importance of Jordanian cuisine to the country’s story and thus offers cooking lessons to inquisitive visitors. With a workshop on a terrace overlooking the Amman cityscape and the freshest ingredients to hand, you’ll learn traditional recipes and enjoy tastings of some of the country’s most iconic dishes as the movements of this incredible city ebb and flow beneath you.
A TELLING CELEBRATION
Time your trip to Jordan right and you could bear witness to events and celebrations whose origins date back thousands of years. Ironically, one of our favourites is actually quite a new addition to the Jordanian calendar, but it celebrates one of the oldest and most purest art forms – the art of storytelling. Few events can beat The Hakaya Festival when it comes to learning as much as you can about this inspiring country. Through insightful seminars, dance shows, workshops and meetings, you’ll become well versed in a story so great of a country so wonderful, you’ll want to share it over and over again.