Ruins, Canyoning (Wadi Mujib) & the Dead Sea
Trip Start Mar 06, 2012
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In the morning I hitched a ride with a Canadian couple to the Dead Sea and was supposed to go on a 2-3hr free unguided hike with them in Wadi Majib (nature reserve). When we got there, the free hike didn't exist and the cheapest one was 16JD ($20), I thought this outrageous to go for a 2-3hr walk. Everyone that had completed the hike seemed pretty happy with it so I bit the bullet and paid.
Fuck I'm glad i did
Next on the agenda was a swim in the Dead Sea, if you ever go to Jordan or Israel you cannot leave without giving this a go! That's all I'm going to say about it. And if your on a budget, don't use Amman beach (12JD). Instead pull in at carpark 3, southern most, and instead of walking into the beach complex, simply use the beach on the other side of the fence. It's exactly the same, just make sure you have 1.5L of water/person to wash the salt off afterwards. And don't lick the salt crystals, they burn like crazy.
To get to Madaba involved a combination of cars and public buses, I know there should have been a better way than what I did but it only cost 7JD in total over 1.5 hours. On arrival, I found my accommodation on the "roof" of a hotel (Madaba hotel, 7JD); basically an unfinished floor, sleeping on a old mattress.
PS. wadi = river