In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the rediscovery of Petra, Wildland Adventures is offering a new, awe-inspiring journey by foot and 4x4 jeep through the spectacular natural beauty and cultural heritage of Jordan.
At the heart of this 12-day tour of Jordan is a 50 mile, six-day trek along the traditional trails of the Bedouin from the Dana Nature Reserve to the back door of Petra â a side of the âRose Red Cityâ that few travelers ever see.âLed by Jordanian guide Yamaan Safady who pioneered the trail, this route is the only trek to Petra that follows ancient footpaths of the nomadic Bedouin tribes who have lived in the region for centuries,â says Kurt Kutay, founding director of Wildland Adventures The Bedouin Trek to Petra traverses spectacular desert, wadis (Arabic for canyons), lush green oasis, jagged mountains, and ancient archeological sites among the oldest in the Middle East. Wildland trekkers are rewarded for their efforts as they pass through the huge red rock-hewn tombs and buildings of Little Petra, and then arrive at the impressive Monastery at the top of Petra â a route few travelers experience that allows those lucky ones to enjoy the jewel of Petra with relatively few other visitors. âYamaan actually lived with the local indigenous Bedouin for three months to establish mutual respect with the local tribes and ensure the authenticity of this ancient trading route,â says Kutay. âWe tap into the experience and knowledge of the nomadic tribes and our travelers experience Jordan through the eyes of the ancient goat herder, frankincense trader, and even the occasional Roman invader!â The crew of this fully outfitted trek are from local Bedouin families; every evening on the trek guests lounge on overstuffed pillows and colorful carpets under a canopy, in a Bedouin-style tented camp where stories from the day's hike or traditional Bedouin poetry and local songs and dance are often shared. âOn the trek we gain a deep understanding of Bedouin culture, especially just how much hospitality and serving guests is so engrained in their traditions,â says Kutay. âMeals are prepared on-site in a communal tent where participants have the opportunity to learn about traditional Bedouin cooking, including cooking fresh flat bread in hot stones every morning.âUpon reaching Petra, trekkers use their newly acquired cooking skills and learn more secrets of the Levantine cuisine: at an informal cooking class they prepare a dinner to share together with local women under the supervision of a Jordanian chef.Other opportunities for guests to meet and interact with local people and communities are spread through out the trip: in the Ajloun Nature reserve, trip participants share lunch with a local family who has toiled the soil for generations, and visit the Orjan Soap House, a cottage workshop run by local women who make a variety of olive oil soaps. Prices start at $4,995.00 USD based on double occupancy and a minimum group size of six. Travel dates for 2012 include: April 30 - May 11, and Oct. 11- 22, 2012. Custom travel dates are available on request.Interested travelers are encouraged to contact Wildland Adventures' Middle East Program Director Sherry Howland at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 1-800-345-4453.About Yamaan Safady, trekking guideYamaan Safady is an engineer by education but with a passion for Jordan's wild natural sites, he started organizing short hiking excursions for friends. The hikes became increasingly popular and he started guiding longer hikes. Eventually, Safady decided to turn his love for sharing Jordan's natural beauty and historical treasures into a new career as a certified tour guide. Yamaan received the Paul Morrison Top Guide Award in the Royal Geographical Society of London in 2009. Safady designed the Bedouin Trek to Petra to give travelers a truly authentic view of Jordan's landscape and indigenous culture. To ensure this, he lived with members of the local community for three months to follow their off-road migratory, shepherding and hunting paths and develop strong relationships and mutual respect with the local tribes.About Wildland Adventures Rated by National Geographic Adventure as the #1 Best âDo-it-all' Outfitter on Earth, Wildland Adventures has guided travelers through fragile natural and cultural environments for 25 years, creating innovative ways to support local people and help protect their culture, environment and communities. Offering more than 130 unique itineraries in 28 countries, on a Wildland adventure vacation there are remarkably few barriers between visitors and local cultures, creating an authenticity in the way people travel and the places they encounter. A sample of destinations offered include Costa Rica, Peru, Patagonia, the Galapagos, Belize, East and Southern Africa, Alaska, Turkey, the Middle East, India and New Zealand. Wildland Adventures is proud to be a founding member of Trusted Adventures, an alliance of top adventure travel companies offering adventure trips around the world. For more information, visit www.wildland.com, Facebook.com/WildlandAdventures or Twitter: @WildTravel. An online press kit is available at www.tartangroup.ca under Media Centre: Wildland Adventures.-30-Sample tweet: Don't be a follower. Be one of the few travelers to see Jordan's Petra w/out crowds. @WildTravel's unique trek http://bit.ly/GMxNVq #TravelNote to editors: High-resolution photos are available. An online gallery of images is available through Flickr and a YouTube video of the trek is also available: http://youtu.be/JYJjBGEgA4A.Media Contacts: Tad Bradley, Wildland Adventures: 1-800-345-4453 or email@example.comDeirdre Campbell, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-882-9199 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org