The newly opened trail extends from the Fertile Crescent in the north, to the Arabian Desert and the Red Sea in the south.
“Tie it like this,” says Ayman Abd Alkareem, an adventure guide for Experience Jordan, as he knots the soft branches of a white broom bush. “The Bedouins do this for good luck.” With my fortune secured, I begin my march beyond the Dana village trailhead, past cypress and olive trees and an area where pomegranates and figs grow in abundance.
I’m in Jordan to hike a section of the new Jordan Trail, a 400-mile path tracing the ancient King’s Highway on the eastern rim of Jordan’s Great Rift Valley.
Officially launched last April, the trail extends from the Fertile Crescent in the north to the Arabian Desert and the Red Sea in the south, marking a significant leap in Jordan’s stake as an adventure mecca.