It takes only about six hours to drive from the hilly far north to Jordan's southernmost extremity on the Red Sea. Home to 6.2 million people and largely desert (83%), this is indeed a small country, but it is jam-packed with attractions, from natural wonders like Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea to fascinating religious sites and a multi-layered history replete with remnants of majestic, long-passed civilisations.
Standing 39.5 metres tall, the Treasury is the most photographed building in Petra. Archaeologists believe it was carved out of the rock as a mausoleum for a king of the Nabataeans.
The name at the top of most "must visit" lists is Petra, centre of the long-vanished kingdom of the Nabataeans and now a Unesco World Heritage site. But there are lots of other things to see and do once your flight lands in Amman, so, for maximum enjoyment, try and pace yourself.
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