Imagine abseiling the cliffs of Wadi Manshalah, racing through the red sand dunes of Wadi Rum, or perhaps even going against the flow swimming upstream at Wadi Mujib. These are just some of the natural treasures off the beaten track in Jordan one can take-in while engaging in ecotourism in Jordan.
The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) defined ecotourism as:
Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.
While places like Petra and Madaba amaze and awe, they’re also a bit overrun tourists and tourist-related industries that can detract and distract one from drinking in the natural diversity offered from a country geographically divided by desert, the Jordan valley and the East Bank plateaus.
In fact I recall on my 2004 journey through Jordan, a running joke on the tour bus was spotting the numerous black plastic shopping bags floating by the roadside that our guide had sarcastically referred to as “the national flag” of the Jordanian highways.
So it was with refreshing contrast that I noted on my newly minted blogJordan-Google calendar an event offered today entitled Canyoning about Wadi Al Karak – an eco-tour package offered by Terhaal, whom describes themselves on their webpage as:
… an ecoadventure travel company that operates quality adventures that are enjoyable and environmentally friendly in a responsible manner. Terhaal runs a variety of adventures including canyoning, hiking, trekking, camping, cycling, camel riding and scuba diving.
And even though this writer is yet another year older today … ahem … I’m thinking that in a couple years, when I fulfill my promise to take my daughter to see Jordan, this might be the way to go so that along with Biblical and historic wonders we’d take in – we could and would also clip in our carabeiners and check out the country’s compelling vistas and lush landscapes.
I think the above experiences, combined with perhaps a stop at Habitat for Humanity in Jordan and we might have a trifecta there that both she and I would remember for a lifetime.
I’m also thinking this is something I’d want do to with good friend, former Army Ranger, and sometimes ‘extreme tour guide‘ Chuck Holton.by