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Just Back from the Jordan Trail

Hiking is a relatively new concept in the Middle East, and it’s thrilling to be traveling in such a novel but simple way – just walking – across such ancient landscapes.

A rest stop on a hike in Jordan

Story & photos by Kim Brown Seely

Most first-timers to Jordan make a beeline for Petra, then after spending a day or two exploring the site – an ancient metropolis carved from stone that’s like nothing else on earth – head off to float in the Dead Sea.  I prefer my travels a little more off the beaten path, which is why I was so excited to learn about the just-launched Jordan Trail, a 400-mile hiking route that runs the length of the country from the ruins of Umm Qais up north all the way to the Red Sea in the south.



As I trudged along an old shepherd’s path toward a Jordanian eco-lodge that shimmered like a mirage in the heat, however, one recent May afternoon I wondered what I’d signed on for … continue reading


Kim Brown Seely is a contributing editor at Virtuoso Life magazine and 2016 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year. She has written about far-flung places for National Geographic Adventure, Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, Outside,Coastal Living, and Sunset.  When she’s not on the road she divides her time between Seattle, Washington, and Hailey, Idaho, and can be found at kimbrownseely.com.

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  1. July 1, 2017 at 4:56 am — Reply

    Brilliant article and so interesting to read!!

  2. July 8, 2017 at 8:10 am — Reply

    nice post about hiking in Jordan i think the name of the that area is Mohammed Mutlak Camp yes its really nice place

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