They sneak up behind us and tap us on the shoulders, these dramatic, desolate, deep valley views. The tarred road before us turns a corner, disappearing behind the bend, before dipping down then snaking up the steep baked mountain on the other side.
We have driven an hour from Amman, the hilly capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a haven of calm and stability in an increasingly volatile Middle East. We’ve passed through countless nondescript towns and villages, so this striking scene — an arid gorge, above it a barren plateau, and beyond that, another colossal, scorched mountain range — is startling.
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Written by Lara Dunston / Photos by Terence Carter
Published by Lifestyle+Travel magazine