JORDAN: BEDOUIN FOOTSTEPS PHOTOGRAPHY EXPEDITION

Led by a professional photographer, this expedition takes us into the deserts, ancient cities, a national bioreserve, and deep wadis (canyons) of Jordan for a photographic journey that is both geared towards skills learning, cultural exchange, and authentic adventuring.

Dates: November 2-10, 2019
Maximum Group Size: 14 participants
Ruggedness: Moderate
Meeting Point: Amman, Jordan
Fee: $TBD

 
 
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TEAM

 

 
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AWDEH SALMAN
Jordan

Bio coming soon.

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MATT REICHEL
Canada

Matt is a co-founder of Inertia and experienced expedition leader. He's previously lead some of our wildest programs in Socotra, Afghanistan, Siberia, Greenland, the Congo and beyond. He coordinated the recon for this expedition in Sumatra. He's an avid photographer, documentarian and geopolitics nerd.

GHASSAB ALFAQUER
Jordan

Bio coming soon.

 
 
 
 

EXPEDITION

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the ancient city of Petra using back doors and hidden paths away from the hoards of tourists.
  • Cruise the desert atop fitted pick up trucks, camp under the stars, and create music, food and laughter with our bedouin hosts.
  • Sleep in caves as the Bedouin people have done for centuries together with Bedouin host families.
  • Go Canyoning in the Wadi al Mujib Nature Preserve, climbing waterfalls, swimming and hiking our way up and down this stunning slot canyon.
  • Wander through small villages and look out for rare wildliife in the Dana Biosphere.
  • Learn incredible photography skills from a professional throughout the journey-- cultural, portrait, landscape and astro.

 
 
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EXPLORE


 

ITINERARY

Day 1. Saturday, November 2, 2019. Arrive in Amman

Arrivals throughout the day and evening— for those arriving today, we will provide airport transportation for you from Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport to the hotel. At 6pm we will meet in the hotel lobby for an expedition overview and then go out for our first team dinner.

Overnight: Conroy Boutique Hotel Amman.

Day 2. Sunday, November 3, 2019. Amman / Dead Sea / Wadi Mujib

In the morning we’ll go on a walking tour around Amman’s old town. We’ll start from the citadel where we’ll do some group bonding activities, before walking down into old Amman’s souq for lunch. Amman’s old city is small, especially compared to the old cities of neighbouring Cairo, Damascus and Aleppo, as it was abandoned early on following the Roman period when it was called Philadelphia— modern Amman dates only to the late 19th century. After lunch, we’ll drive to the Dead Sea coast where we’ll go for a quiet, private float and enjoy the sunset and an evening picnic.

Overnight: Mujib Chalets.

Day 3. Monday, November 4, 2019. Wadi Mujib / Little Petra

The morning is spent canyoning up the Wadi Mujib slot canyon. We will hike slowly in order to learn some photography skills while venturing through the canyon. While not long in terms of distance, the trek is relatively challenging, as we ascend three waterfalls and swim and climb our way up a narrow river in the canyon. The walls extend upwards for hundreds of feet and the views are breathtaking, not to mention the entire experience is a ton of fun. Dry bags, water shoes with grip, tripods that you can strap onto your body, swimming suits and t-shirts are recommended for this hike. Assume that everything will get soaked except for the items you place in your dry bag. A local guide will take us up and down the canyon. Lifejackets are provided at the adventure centre near the entrance to the canyon.

After our canyoning (3-4 hours), we’ll shower off, and then drive to Little Petra, about two hours away. We’ll have a late lunch followed by a sunset photography hike up the Jabal Umm al-Amr Trail to the Royal Tombs at Petra. We’ll walk down the Siq trail, before climbing up to the viewpoint high above Petra’s famed “Treasury” building. The hike is steep, and good walking shoes are necessary. For those interested, they can stick around the Treasury after we descend back down to photograph the Petra by Night show. While the show itself is a rather poorly done performance with bright lasers, the candle lights in paper bags set up before the show provide for some spectacular images of the treasury (tripod required).

We’ll return to our bedouin camp for the evening.

Overnight: Little Petra Bedouin Camp.

Day 4. Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Petra

We begin this morning well before the sun rises. Waking up at 04:30, we take a packed breakfast with us before loading into pick up trucks to take us off roading through the desert to a secret back entrance to Petra. From there, we hike a 3km rocky trail through the wadi to the Monastery. By the time we reach the Monastery the sun will just be rising above the rocky mountains behind us. We should have the place almost to ourselves. We spend the morning at the Monastery, learning photography techniques, before hiking all the way down towards the Amphitheatre, where we’ll rest and have lunch, allowing the mid-day sun to pass by. In the afternoon, we’ll photograph the Treasury, Royal Tombs and Place of High Sacrifice before hiking back up the Siq trail to exit the ruins. We will spend the evening staying with a bedouin family in a cave outside of Petra.

Overnight: cave.

Day 5. Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Petra / Wadi Rum

We start early today with a drive to the Siq trail at sunrise. This will be our last opportunity to photograph Petra, and we will take advantage of the early morning light to be some of the first people into the archeological site. After our morning workshop, we’ll return to the cave for breakfast and then drive to the Wadi Rum desert, about an hour and a half away. Our second team will meet us at Wadi Rum and take us into the desert with fitted pickup trucks. For the next two days we will hike rocky mountains, camp under the stars, meet bedouin nomads, and explore the immense beauty of this red sand desert.

Overnight: desert camping.

Day 6. Thursday, November 7, 2019. Wadi Rum

Exploring Wadi Rum. See above.

Overnight: desert camping.

Day 7. Friday, November 8, 2019. Wadi Rum / Dana Biosphere Reserve

After lunch in the desert we drive to the Dana Biosphere Reserve in central Jordan. There, we will go on a hike in the afternoon, visiting villages and taking in the scenery of Dana. If we’re lucky, we may spot wildlife in the reserve, including ibex and mountain sheep. Camels are a common presence in the reserve. We’ll spend the night in a small guesthouse hanging out with locals in Dana.

Overnight: Dana Village.

Day 8. Saturday, November 9, 2019. Dana Biosphere Reserve / Amman

After breakfast, we embark on a day hike in Dana, ending for lunch in a local village. After lunch, we drive back to Amman, where we’ll spend the late afternoon and evening wandering the art district. We enjoy our last dinner together in downtown Amman before retiring back to the hotel for a good night’s rest.

Overnight: Conroy Boutique Hotel Amman.

Day 9. Sunday, November 10, 2019. Depart from Amman

Departures throughout the day from Amman. No scheduled activities.


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EXPECTATIONS

Accommodation

We sleep in hotels and guesthouses in Amman and Dana. In Petra we stay in a Bedouin "glamping" camp and a cave homestay with our hosts. In Wadi Rum we will camp out in the desert under the stars. Showers are provided all nights except camping and cave nights.

People

A team of local guides, drivers, and cooks will accompany us. Everyone is responsible for carrying their own gear; we have vehicle support for luggage throughout the trip. Each participant is expected to help out with building our camp and engaging locals.

Activities

Prepare for early mornings, hiking, walking, canyoning, photography workshops, some camping, meeting locals, bonding exercises and exploration. Hiking days require 3-4 hours of hiking, except in Petra, where we spend about 8 hours walking the site.

 
 
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COST

$2890

 

INCLUDED

  • All accommodations (shared).

  • Airport pick up in Amman.

  • 3 meals per day (exc arrival and departure days).

  • Private and secure transportation within Jordan.

  • All visa fees and entry tickets on the itinerary.

  • Professional expedition leader and guiding team.

  • Photography workshops.

  • Camping gear (sleep pads, pillows, blankets).

EXCLUDED

  • Round trip international airfare to Amman.

  • Travel and medical insurance.

  • Petra by Night entrance ticket (optional).

  • Airport drop-off.

  • Any activities not mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Personal spending.

 
 
 

 

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