Hiking from Dana to Petra is at the top of many adventure seekers’ bucket lists. The 73-kilometer trek, voted one of the best 15 hikes in the world by National Geographic, will expose you to Jordan’s diverse ecosystems and historic sights, in parallel to the hiking route This advanced-level cycling route brings you from the green biosphere reserve in Dana to Little Petra, passing by the unique castle in Shobak.
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We start the ride at Dana Biosphere Reserve, the largest nature reserve in Jordan. It is a two-hour car ride from Amman and only a one-hour drive from the historic site of Petra.
The biosphere reserve was founded in 1989, covering 320 square kilometers (198,8 mi), and the area in and around Dana Village and Wadi Dana. The rugged landscape of the Great Rift Valley includes a rich biodiversity of nature, varying from cool mountaintops to scorching dunes. The biosphere hosts all of Jordan's different biogeographical zones: Mediterranean, Iran-Turanian, Sahara Arabian, and Sudanian penetration.
We pass the village of Al Shobak on the way, eminent for the Shobak Castle, also known as Mont Real. It was built by King Baldwin in 1115 and lasted many battles until its defeat in 1189 by Egypt and Syria's first sultan, Salahuddin Al-Ayyoubi. The castle's features are mindblowing as it is built on top of a hill in the middle of the desert, includes a secret passageway leading to a spring, and traces of both Christian carvings and Islamic tablets.
The finishing point is at Little Petra, Al Beidha. The ancient archaeological site is located only 9 kilometers from Wadi Musa, the entry point for the World UNESCO site of Petra. Admittedly, little Petra is a far less visited site compared to Petra; nevertheless, it is a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere worth exploring.
The 72km route is an advanced off-road double-track ride, including some significant climbs that you will feel in your legs. The starting point in Dana Village is approximately 1,500 meters (4,900 ft) above sea level. The next kilometers will take us through the mountains, between the trees, and crossing villages before we take a break in Al Shobak, where we will meet some people from the local community. The next part will bring us to an off-road with an epic panoramic view that will take your breath away, guaranteed! The whole ride is dominated by either rolling up or down, which is finally rewarded with a long, smooth downhill to Little Petra (Al Beida).
Elevation gain: +1,869m +20.4%
Elevation loss: -2,118m -21.6%
Difficulty level: Advanced/mix on- and off-road
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