The Dana Nature Preserve was a highlight of my recent trip to Jordan with the Wandering Trader, courtesy of the Day Trading Academy, and I am excited to now share an area overshadowed by iconic attractions such as the lowest point on earth or massive Nabatean tombs in the Petra Valley.
Outside of Petra, Dana Biosphere and Preserve is considered to contain some of Jordan’s most important archeological discoveries and the town we had the pleasure of staying in has uncovered artifacts dating back 6,000 years.
A city walk will put you in touch with the history of the town and the local flare who will make you feel welcomed while photographing the alleys and rooftops.
Incredible in detail down to reuse local material the care taken in rebuilding this city will make this area a ‘must see’ attraction for photographers and a comfortable retreat for nature enthusiasts alike
Just the kind of place i needed for my curiosity to allow me to get lost in my thoughts as I explored the historic ruins and reflected on how far off my initial impression was of the rubble in the mountains that truly is a diamond in the rough.
With many locally threatened plants and animals being protected in the reserve the tourism is also rebuilding a city that was once nearly abandoned because of the lack of basic amenities and employment.
On the bluffs above the preserve sits the quaint village of Dana complete with a few operating hotels that were reconstructed out of the rubble
Conservation efforts have protected an astounding variety of plant and animals over the preserve to include hyena, wolves, and ibex in a safeguarded area that encompasses sand dunes to forested areas at high altitude.
While I have visited some remote places during my expeditions around the world, the charm and enthusiasm of this town’s populace which contributes to it’s prosperity as a destination in Jordan.
Tourism offering encampments, hiking trails, and wildlife viewing has reached high enough levels that sightseers to the area are funding the preserves socio-economic development and maintenance.
My stay offered quite a remarkable insight into the preservation of an area whose inhabitants and tourist industry is as resilient as it was rustic.
There is something about getting to know locals in countries that we travel to and Solomon was no exception. Joking around with us how he is as “old as the dinosaurs” yet still insisted we take a picture and put him on Facebook and over breakfast the following morning could not believe the 600 likes and all the comments from the wonderful followers on Wandering Trader.