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Lena Sluga

When I was 18, I decided to leave Germany for Australia. After a few years of globetrotting, I moved to Jordan. During my first time in this beautiful country, I lived and worked in Aqaba. But as it gets pretty hot there, I decided to relocate to Amman, the quirky capital of Jordan. I love living in this city, as there is way more to discover than what's written in travel guides. In my free time, I like to travel through Jordan myself, trying to find places off the beaten track, which I like to integrate into my itineraries.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Every change I get, I travel through Jordan to revisit places and keep myself up to date. I specialise in hiking and adventure holidays, responsible tourism as well as trips that involve getting to know the local Jordanian cuisine. All itineraries I make are customized. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I love travelling and I have travelled all my life. Eventually, I ended up studying Tourism Management, with the aim of turning my passion into a career. I came to Jordan on what was supposed to be a 6 months internship, fell in love with this amazing country and decided to stay. Ever since, I have been working in Jordan's tourism industry."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Working on a music festival in Malawi was definitely one of the most unique experiences, as well as sitting on a beach in Thailand!"

Featured trips & expertise

5 Ways to Spend a Night in Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum is a destination in its own right, both for its surreal landscape and pleasantly isolated location. To get the most out of your experience, you'll want to spend the night. Whether you want to feel like you've landed on Mars or prefer something a bit more down to earth, this list has you covered.

Petra
Jordan Adventure: Amman, Petra and Wadi Rum - 3 Days

From exploring Roman ruins outside Amman to sleeping under desert stars in a Bedouin camp, three days touring the highlights of Jordan and Israel is just enough time to fall in love with this part of the Middle East. You'll also wander through the bazaars of Jerusalem, peer into one of the Wonders of the World at Petra, and discover the incredible Wadi Rum by Jeep.

Jordan and Holy Land Tour - 14 Days

Explore the most religiously significant area in the world and its most breathtaking historic and natural sights, from Wadi Rum to the Sea of Galilee, the heart of Jerusalem to the distant ruins of Umm Qais. This two-week-long tour takes you across Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank to uncover a rich historical legacy as well as understand the multiple cultures that call the Holy Land home.

Bedouin camels rest outside the Treasury at Petra
Family Friendly Highlights of Jordan – 8 Days

This well-rounded tour is designed to suit families and has something for everyone. Visit the ruins of Gerasa and stay in a Bedouin camp in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wadi Rum. See the holy Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics at Madaba and frolic on the beach at Aqaba. Add to this Petra and the Dead Sea and you have the complete highlights of Jordan.

Recent trip reviews for Lena

Jordan in 7 days - amman, jerash, mt nebo, petra, wadi rum, aqaba and the dead sea, Jordan - Sep 17 - Sep 25, 2018

Traveler: Qusharat H. - Local specialist: Lena Sluga

We had a fabulous time in Jordan. Lena did a great job organising and planning the trip. Especially the hotels she booked as all were in central locations or very close to the attractions and amenities. This made it so easy to access and visit all the areas we wanted to see - actually walking distance and you get to see more of the locality. The hotel in Petra and Dead Sea were superb and exceeded expectations.

Petra was jaw dropping and no doubt to its status as one of the worlds natural... read more

We had a fabulous time in Jordan. Lena did a great job organising and planning the trip. Especially the hotels she booked as all were in central locations or very close to the attractions and amenities. This made it so easy to access and visit all the areas we wanted to see - actually walking distance and you get to see more of the locality. The hotel in Petra and Dead Sea were superb and exceeded expectations.

Petra was jaw dropping and no doubt to its status as one of the worlds natural wonders. We spent just under 2 days there - plenty of time and right amount of time if you want to see most of Petra as it is absolutely vast. We did three trails on our full day - very tough going and challenging - not to be under estimated as there is plenty of hiking and many steps to climb... we also had 'back door' route planned by Lena the second day - excellent guide was Ibrahim - very funny and informative throughout.

We had a car/transport and an escort throughout. Our driver, Shareef, was helpful, punctual and professional throughout. He made sure our long trips had enough break stops and was always asking if we needed anything and any tips for the next destination. Thanks again to all the team - especially Lena and Shareef.

Lena Sluga, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Quharat, thanks so much for your nice review, great to hear that you enjoyed Jordan! I'll pass on the good feedback to Ibrahim and Shareef as well. Greetings, Lena

Trip of jordan & israel, Jordan - Aug 18 - Aug 24, 2018

Traveler: Geoffrey B. - Local specialist: Lena Sluga

Lena was EXCELLENT to deal with, we changed our minds 5 times in this trip and dates and she made everything so easy (thanks Lena). We loved our tour with Akram & we loved Jordan in general - it far exceeded our expectations. Mohammed (our guide through Dana nature reserve) was excellent & our favourite part of the whole trip was the 4 x 4 ride through Wadi Rum desert. Thanks everyone for an amazing holiday - we’ll be back!

Lena Sluga, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Geoffrey,

Thanks a lot for the lovely review! It was my pleasure working out this itinerary with you, I'll also pass on the compliments to the rest of the crew :)

Jordan in 7 days - amman, jerash, mt nebo, petra, wadi rum, aqaba and the dead sea, Jordan - Aug 18 - Aug 24, 2018

Traveler: Aminath Samra Z. - Local specialist: Lena Sluga

Lena is very efficient, replies very fast and organised a very fulfilling itenary customised for what we wanted to see in Jordan. Our guide Shareef was very friendly, punctual and informative and we loved going to each historical place with him. Would definitely recommend him and Lena as tour organisers for any of my contacts wishing to explore Jordan. Our favourite spots were Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqaba..not to say the other sites were any less amazing..each site had a uniqueness which we... read more

Lena is very efficient, replies very fast and organised a very fulfilling itenary customised for what we wanted to see in Jordan. Our guide Shareef was very friendly, punctual and informative and we loved going to each historical place with him. Would definitely recommend him and Lena as tour organisers for any of my contacts wishing to explore Jordan. Our favourite spots were Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqaba..not to say the other sites were any less amazing..each site had a uniqueness which we loved experiencing. Jordan is a beautiful country and we are glad we decided to visit :) thank u team kimkim

Lena Sluga, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Aminath, thanks a lot for your review - I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed your holiday here!

Family visit in amman + jerash, petra, dead sea, Jordan - Aug 6 - Aug 15, 2018

Traveler: Michael B. - Local specialist: Lena Sluga

Driver Azzam was very good and informative and punctual. However on a couple of occasions he suggested pick-up times different to those on our itinerary, most notably at Petra where he did not know about our back-door hike to the Monastery on the morning following our day at Petra, and he suggested a pick-up time from the Dead Sea of 1:00pm rather than the previous booked 5:00pm (this was important as we were meeting the family at the Dead sea). However everything worked out all right in the... read more

Driver Azzam was very good and informative and punctual. However on a couple of occasions he suggested pick-up times different to those on our itinerary, most notably at Petra where he did not know about our back-door hike to the Monastery on the morning following our day at Petra, and he suggested a pick-up time from the Dead Sea of 1:00pm rather than the previous booked 5:00pm (this was important as we were meeting the family at the Dead sea). However everything worked out all right in the end and he did show as some amazing views both driving into Petra and on the old road from Petra to the Dead sea.
Our guide Ibrahim for the hike to the Monastery was excellent, as was the hike itself.
Petra is of course amazing and our day and a half there was just about right.
Jerash, Ajloun, Karak and Showback are all impressive and enlightening.
The Dead Sea experience was enjoyable but really only because we could play with our grandchildren in the swimming pool.
A well organised itinerary with sufficient time to see our family in Amman. A trip we will not forget.
Lena deserves thanks for putting together the programme combining touring and spending time with our family.

Lena Sluga, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Michael,

I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip as well as the time with your family, and thanks for the feedback, that is very helpful!

All the best!

Jordan south, Jordan - Aug 10 - Aug 13, 2018

Traveler: Maggie H. - Local specialist: Lena Sluga

Sharif was a real gentleman. We fell in love with him. Always on time, polite, attentive, full of useful suggestions, discreet.
He helped to make our two birthdays special.
Petra and Wadi Rum amazing. So much history. Bilal was a great story teller. Camel ride fantastic. Lying on the sand looking up at the stars beautiful. Sharif suggested snorkeling in Aqaba - just right.

Lena Sluga, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Maggie, I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip - I will pass on the compliments!

Tour of jordan, Jordan - Jul 23 - Aug 1, 2018

Traveler: Sarah m. - Local specialist: Lena Sluga

We booked a 10 day trip to Jordan as a family (2 adult children). Starting in Amman we did the standard trip - Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba then ending at The Dead Sea.
Lena's communication and advice was excellent. We had a driver (Mohammed) throughout which made the trip very straight forward. I don't see how you could really cover this ground in a limited amount of time without a driver. The car was very comfortable and Mohammed was efficient and punctual. We got a couple of quotes... read more

We booked a 10 day trip to Jordan as a family (2 adult children). Starting in Amman we did the standard trip - Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba then ending at The Dead Sea.
Lena's communication and advice was excellent. We had a driver (Mohammed) throughout which made the trip very straight forward. I don't see how you could really cover this ground in a limited amount of time without a driver. The car was very comfortable and Mohammed was efficient and punctual. We got a couple of quotes and this was competitive. Jordan is quite pricey so it would be no cheaper to book once you arrived. Plus this way, everything's organised and you can make the most of your time.

We were mid summer so it was very hot but the plus was that it was very quiet and at times, we had the places to ourselves.

Jordan is a fantastic country with a lot to offer. We loved Amman and its eclectic range of markets and restaurants. The old town was much more interesting to us than the more westernised Rainbow Street. Petra was stunning - we didn't use a guide as the published material is very clear and you can then take things in at your own pace. We spent about 7/8 hours there - be prepared for a lot of walking but there are plenty of places inside to rest and get a drink. (Highly recommend The Old Village Hotel - out of the town up on the hill - but a short taxi ride to the sights).

Jerash, Iraq al Amir, Ajloun - all wonderful. The view across Galilee to Israel and Syria is amazing as is the view across the Dead Sea from Nebo. A lot of the place names are familiar from the Bible so it's really moving to actually see these landscapes which haven't really changed after thousands of years. All these sites were pre-planned and were more beautiful and atospheric than we'd imagined. The Karak castle was also really interesting.

Wadi Rum - much more interesting than I'd expected -we had the four hour jeep ride which I had been expecting to be too long but there was a lot to see (including a stunning sunset). We stayed at the Luxury Tented Camp which is a novel experience as the tents have a transparent side - allowing a clear view at night. Food at this place wasn't so good but you are in the middle of the desert! Tents are comfortable with their own small bathroom area. It was quiet when we stayed but there is a bar around a fire which allows you to take in the amazing mountain and desert scenery.

Next to Aquaba - good places to eat in town (recommend Syrian Palace). We went out to the beach for the day which was a welcome chance to rest after all the travelling. Water near the shore was not as clean as you'd hope but if you swim out from the jetty it's crystal clear. You can hire a mask/snorkel.

Finally - The Dead Sea. Now this was a great experience from the point of view of floating in the Dead Sea and covering yourself in the famous mud. The hotels are all resort style. We don't really go for this type of accommodation - (Marriot) it was packed with families and struggling to keep up with being fully occupied. If you don't like this ritzy type of place, it would be worth looking for something more low key and calmer. On the way to the airport we visited Bethany beyond the Jordan - someone was being baptised.

One thing to check- we had booked a cookery lesson and Mohammed duly got us to the place on time but communication clearly hadn't been clear, as they weren't expecting us. They cooked a delicious meal but no lesson. The other thing we didn't see which was on our itinerary was the Dana Nature Reserve - I guess we just ran out of time.

So - if you're undecided on Jordan - we'd definitely recommend! It's different - another culture - lots of historical sites and wonderfully friendly people. It really worked as a destination for all ages.

Lena Sluga, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sarah, I'm very happy to hear that you had such a good time in Jordan - I'll pass on the compliments to Mohammed!

Also very lovely to see pictures of all of you in Jordan!

Thank you and all the best,

Lena

Jordan in 7 days - amman, jerash, mt nebo, petra, wadi rum, aqaba and the dead sea, Jordan - Jul 30 - Aug 4, 2018

Traveler: Bilal H. - Local specialist: Lena Sluga

Everything was great, the fact that I was able to message back and forth in a "conversation" style on KimKim was very easy going and helped as I was able to request changes as they happened up to the trip.

One of the best things about my trip to Jordan when booking through Kimkim was my driver, Yahya. I wasn't sure about doing an individual trip to another country. But my driver was great company, he was a good converser.

He talked me through what to expect, how to get the most out of my... read more

Everything was great, the fact that I was able to message back and forth in a "conversation" style on KimKim was very easy going and helped as I was able to request changes as they happened up to the trip.

One of the best things about my trip to Jordan when booking through Kimkim was my driver, Yahya. I wasn't sure about doing an individual trip to another country. But my driver was great company, he was a good converser.

He talked me through what to expect, how to get the most out of my trip, also made recommendations to see things, such as on our way to Dana Village, he knew of a great spot to view the sunset so we were able to catch that. He had great recommendations of places to eat. All in all, he made the trip a much better than what it would have been otherwise

He even brought a Hotspot so I can stay connected on the trip.

I started from Amman to the North, Jerash and Ajloun. These places held ancient and medieval sites of Romans, a complete city, and a Muslim castle.

The next day was Madaba, Karak and Dana village. I really enjoyed Dana village and seeing the 500 year old village. The highlight of the visit was going on a hike with the local bedouin man that has lived in those mountains for more than 60 years.

After that was Aqaba and Dead Sea. Aqaba is a nice city, it was nice to see another bustling city since I left Amman. I enjoyed my stay there next to the sea. The Dead Sea resort I was at for some reason didn't have access to the beach open. Only to their pools, which was a let down.

After that, being back in Amman before my flight back was great. I was able to get some good falafel and shawerma one last time.

Lena Sluga, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Bilal,

Thank you very much for your review, I'll pass it on to Yahya as well :) Glad to hear that you loved the Falafel and Shawerma here also!

Jordan in 5 days: amman, jerash, mount nebo, petra, wadi rum, and the dead sea, Jordan - Jul 22 - Jul 27, 2018

Traveler: Michelle P. - Local specialist: Lena Sluga

The driver was great, very thoughtful and attentive. Not always punctual at the start of the day, did give us some notice. Throughout the day, perfectly fine. Bilal the day tour guide was very knowledgeable. We saw petra through his enchanting descriptions and with great detail. LENA Was amazing, always there to respond and answer our questions, almost immediately. Seamless travel tailor made.

THANK YOU 😁
Michelle

Lena Sluga, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Michelle, thank you very much for this great feedback, it was my pleasure planning this trip with you! I'm glad that you enjoyed your time here! :)

Jordan in 5 days: amman, jerash, mount nebo, petra, wadi rum, and the dead sea, Jordan - Jul 22 - Jul 27, 2018

Traveler: Gillian M. - Local specialist: Lena Sluga

We had a great time in Jordan. Lena was very thorough and helpful both prior to the trip and during the trip. She was quick to respond and deal with queries and issues. She made the whole experience seamless. Yahya was a thoughtful and knowledgeable driver whose local knowledge helped us experience and appreciate the history of the area. Petra was unbelievable. Beyond what we were expecting. Bilal was a very knowledgeable Petra guide who has endless amounts of information about the area. We... read more

We had a great time in Jordan. Lena was very thorough and helpful both prior to the trip and during the trip. She was quick to respond and deal with queries and issues. She made the whole experience seamless. Yahya was a thoughtful and knowledgeable driver whose local knowledge helped us experience and appreciate the history of the area. Petra was unbelievable. Beyond what we were expecting. Bilal was a very knowledgeable Petra guide who has endless amounts of information about the area. We had an amazing time and enjoyed learning about Jordan’s place in the world and it’s part in history. The itinerary is fast paced, yet ideal to get the most out of the country in a limited amount of time.

Thank you KimKim, Lena and your local team for making this happen.

Happy Travellers all round,

Gillian and Michelle

Lena Sluga, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Gillian and Michelle,

Thanks a lot for your wonderful review, I'm very happy you enjoyed Jordan! Feel free to come back for longer :)

Greetings from Amman!

Petra from jerusalem, Jordan - Jun 26 - Jun 28, 2018

Traveler: Michelle B. - Local specialist: Lena Sluga

Lena was helpful and put together a great itinerary for our group of 3, one couple and elderly parent. Make sure you do your own visa research. Our guide Burhan was very knowledgable, accommodating, interesting and helpful. The Dead Sea Spa had a lovely lunch and nice facilities for swimming in the dead sea. Movenpick was a beautiful hotel - A++. Petra was stunning - what an amazing experience. Wadi Rum - 4x4 trip was super cool. The Wadi Rum Luxury Nights camp was pretty good but I recommend... read more

Lena was helpful and put together a great itinerary for our group of 3, one couple and elderly parent. Make sure you do your own visa research. Our guide Burhan was very knowledgable, accommodating, interesting and helpful. The Dead Sea Spa had a lovely lunch and nice facilities for swimming in the dead sea. Movenpick was a beautiful hotel - A++. Petra was stunning - what an amazing experience. Wadi Rum - 4x4 trip was super cool. The Wadi Rum Luxury Nights camp was pretty good but I recommend confirming which tent you are in, request one with a view of the park, Number 29 had a view of another tent and a sand hill.

Lena Sluga, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Michelle, thanks a lot for your review! Also thanks for the update about the Wadi Rum Nights Camp, that's very helpful for me :)

It a culture tours, Jordan - Jun 13 - Jun 26, 2018

Traveler: Samir H. - Local specialist: Lena Sluga

It was amazing specially Lena and Sharif the the tour guide.Highly recommend it.

Lena Sluga, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your review, I'm glad that you enjoyed your trip! :)

Highlights of jordan & israel: 9 days, Jordan - May 29 - Jun 6, 2018

Traveler: Regina T. - Local specialist: Lena Sluga

Overall, our trip to Jordan and Israel was great.

Our journey to Jordan was well-taken care by Akram. He led us to many spectacular spots, which were unforgettable. He also shared Jordanian history and culture. The service Akram provided was exceptional.

We were particularly grateful to be arranged to accommodate in the luxury camp in the Wadi Rum Desert. Our camp was so luxurious and beautiful, which was beyond our expectations. The food was good. And our favourite part was hooka-ing under... read more

Overall, our trip to Jordan and Israel was great.

Our journey to Jordan was well-taken care by Akram. He led us to many spectacular spots, which were unforgettable. He also shared Jordanian history and culture. The service Akram provided was exceptional.

We were particularly grateful to be arranged to accommodate in the luxury camp in the Wadi Rum Desert. Our camp was so luxurious and beautiful, which was beyond our expectations. The food was good. And our favourite part was hooka-ing under the starry night in the middle of the desert. This was an experience that we would never forget.

However, there is still room for improvements for hotels we lived in Jordan. While it was true that the rooms are spacious, they were not as clean as we expected. There was little hair on the pillow cover in one of the hotels that we lived which implied that the hotel did not wash their pillow cover for every guest they served. Moreover, Worst of all, our experience in the Dead Sea Spa Hotel was horrible. While they had a good buffet, we were disappointed with the attitude of their staff members. Our room lock was not walking initially and the hotel made a promise that it only took five minutes for them to fix it. However, it eventually took us two to three hours to wait for the response from the hotel, in spite of our repeated and kind request to the hotel to fix the lock. We only had one night in the Dead Sea area and much time was wasted in fixing the lock of our room. What a pity!

Moreover, we were advised to purchase a 2-day Jordan pass. It turned out that we only spent one day in Petra. Perhaps better communication should be made between different parties so as to save us some money.

For our journey in Israel, we are amazed by the choice of hotel, which were so fancy. Also, the group tours are generally good. The tour guides were humorous. Yet, there was one exception, our tour to Bethlehem was poorly arranged. The tour guide looked grumpy all the time. Worse, our tour was conducted in both English and Spanish. Since it was apparent that the tour guide was more proficient in Spanish, I and my friends felt neglected by the tour guide. The queuing arrangement in the church of Bethlehem sucked! People just pushed others, without order and discipline.

Moreover, it will be great if there were fewer 'shopping stops' in those group tours in Israel. Frankly speaking, we were not really interested in shopping and we found those compulsory stays in their assigned shops was quite annoying.

Thank you Lena for all the arrangments, we really appreciate that. Generally speaking, we had a good experience. Yet, there were still minor parts that Lena should take care of to further improve the quality of similar tours later on.

Lena Sluga, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Regina, thanks a lot for your valuable feedback, we really appreciate it, as it helps us to improve in the future! All the best, Lena

Jordan: amman, petra and wadi rum - 4 days, Jordan - Apr 26 - Apr 30, 2018

Traveler: Tamara B. - Local specialist: Lena Sluga

Been there. Done that. Have the t-shirt to prove it.

That’s usually what people say when they have travelled to a place, or have completed a task.

Well two out of three ain’t bad, especially since buying t-shirts is not part of my aesthetic. LOL!

Instead, I’ll sit grinning madly with memories of the “been-there-done-that” when I flip through my passport, my gmail account or my phone photos.

Jordan was amazing. The people are amazing. The food is incredible. The history is epochtic. The... read more

Been there. Done that. Have the t-shirt to prove it.

That’s usually what people say when they have travelled to a place, or have completed a task.

Well two out of three ain’t bad, especially since buying t-shirts is not part of my aesthetic. LOL!

Instead, I’ll sit grinning madly with memories of the “been-there-done-that” when I flip through my passport, my gmail account or my phone photos.

Jordan was amazing. The people are amazing. The food is incredible. The history is epochtic. The landscape is jawdropping.

Ahmad was waiting to pick me up at the airport and from the-get proved to be the best companion for this five day trip that I could ever ask for. He was my driver, my dj, my translator, my dance partner, my diary, my sidekick, my smilemirror, my protector, my lunch partner, my tea connoisseur, my phototakeouter and the best tourguide that I’ve ever had on any of my travels.

On our many roads to cross journey, I was introduced to songs that I had never heard before! Music, dancing and laughter was our modus operandi. He even played an Arabic song that would become the songtrack of my trip – so much so that I made him stop the car so that I could get out and dance barefooted in the desert. I wish I remembered it now. He told me the name but I forgot. Needless to say I had F.U.N!

Unto Jordan.

I loved visiting Jordan. I loved it. It helped that I was riding a wave of happy. The visit to Jordan was the culmination of my one-a-year odyssey that I started in 2012, visiting one of the New Seven Wonders of the World every year. Jordan was the one that happened last and may arguably be the best visit for several personal reasons.

Considering its location, the country is pretty peaceful but mostly known for the ancient Nabataean city of Petra which was carved out of rock over 2000 years ago and is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

The city is carved out of these massive towering boulders that occupy several complexes. There is one gate in and one gate out but you rarely ever repeat your steps; often every cornerturn yields a new and magnificent site. Its dramatic and astounding and the walls echo a remarkable history.

After you enter through the gate, you walk through what is called a Siq which highlights the way in which water was harvested and channeled throughout the city, the Siq opens you up to this massive monument called the Treasury. I got there at 7am, it was kinda cold, not many tourists were around, so I got to poke around, peep in, explore at leisure and have not too many people in my pictures. A few hours later, the place was crawling with tourists.

Then I took a different route to climb to the top of an adjacent mountain to see the Treasury from the top. After I dismounted one mountain, I began an epic journey of climbing 1000 steps to view the Monastery – the largest of Petra’s carved structures and an amazing monstrosity of a building. The symmetry of the structure built at a time when engineering was not what it is today, is a sight to behold and the views from on top of the mountain of the surrounding landscape were nothing short of amazing.

As I was making my way off of the mountain, possibly at the last one hundred steps, the sky got dark and it started to rain. I had my umbrella, so the torrential rain was hardly a challenge, but I got to see first-hand how the water is channeled through the gorges of Petra, and how the engineering actually worked. That in itself was an amazing sight. After a couple of minutes though, the water grew fierce. The guides started shouting “save yourself, run for your lives” as the water started swiftly collecting and gushing through the Siq. Not exactly what you want to hear on your travels! The Treasury was opened and tourists piled in as its higher ground provided security and shelter. Needless to say, no one died, the tourism authority trucked the tourists who were stuck far into Petra out. I walked out, but my sneakers never made the journey back. I lost them to Petra.

I called Ahmad to pick me up, I got home and changed and got to Petra Kitchen just in time for my culinary dinner tutorial on the food and delicacies of Jordan, myself and about 20 other persons cooked five courses and sat and ate them all. By the time I got home, I was spent but completely satisfied.

Over the next few days, I toured the enchanting desert landscape of Wadi Rum, where I camped out one night under the desert moon listening to a very silent night. I also visited little Petra, Shobak, the Dead Sea, Mt Nebo and Madaba. When I left Jordan, I felt such a connection with its people who at the drop, were less interested in me buying their wares, and were more intrigued to invite me for copious amounts of fragrant tea, have me sit with them as they tried to figure out from whence I came and laugh uproariously at their confusion of what the Caribbean is.

Jordan is a country of settlers and refugees in that many persons moved there from neighbouring states; and were forced to forge an identity out of a new landscape – possibly one of every three persons hail from a neighbouring country. Quite similar to what the Caribbean represents – it is a place that people make their own. I felt awed by the landscape which since biblical times had held such importance to the region and I felt moved by the culmination of my own insatiable desire to see the world as the world sees itself.

Oh, the joy of travel.

A friend recently reminded me of a response that I had given to the question of my travels, where is my favourite place in the world, and my response to him, is that I haven’t been there yet! That’s so me!

Now that the seven wonders are done, I need to see more. I need to travel even more. There is so much more to discover and so I wonder and I wander and I can’t wait to see where my wanderings take me to next!

Lena Sluga, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tamara, thank you so much for your review! I'm very very happy to hear that you enjoyed Jordan so much, and the time with Ahmad! :) Greetings and happy future travels!

Bedouin jordan april 27, 2018 to may 4, 2018, Jordan - Apr 28 - May 3, 2018

Traveler: Helen L. - Local specialist: Lena Sluga

We loved our trip to Jordan! We saw everything we wanted to see at our own pace. It was the perfect blend of rest, relaxation and activity, all thanks to Lena, our kimkim trip organizer and Wael, our tour guide and driver, Wael. Lena was professional, answered all our questions in a timely manner and planned an amazing trip for us. She worked with us as we requested for numerous adjustments and changed itineraries. Thank you Lena for your patience!
Wael showed great customer experience. Super... read more

We loved our trip to Jordan! We saw everything we wanted to see at our own pace. It was the perfect blend of rest, relaxation and activity, all thanks to Lena, our kimkim trip organizer and Wael, our tour guide and driver, Wael. Lena was professional, answered all our questions in a timely manner and planned an amazing trip for us. She worked with us as we requested for numerous adjustments and changed itineraries. Thank you Lena for your patience!
Wael showed great customer experience. Super friendly. Kept us safe. Gave us the appropriate warnings at certain sites. Highly knowledgeable of Jordan. Always prompt. Drove extremely well through the changing terrain and crazy traffic. Introduced us to delicious authentic Jordanian cuisine. We felt like we were on vacation throughout the whole trip. No stress at all, like our other trips. Would highly recommend this trip to anyone! Thank you kimkim, Lena, Wael and Jordan for give us an awesome vacation!

Lena Sluga, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Helen & Jennifer, thank you so much for your kind words, I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time in Jordan! All the best, Lena

Stelios

Jordan: amman, petra and wadi rum - 4 days, Jordan - Apr 11 - Apr 14, 2018

Traveler: Stelios S. - Local specialist: Lena Sluga

Our trip to Jordan was great. Lena created a perfect itinerary for us and she included in it everything we wanted. Even if we changed our requirements a lot of times and we booked our trip at the very last minute, Lena was very patient, responsive and understanding.

We didn't have any problems. and our driver was very funny, professional and friendly. The price was very good as well. Highly recommended!

The only thing that I would change is the 4-hour 4x4 Jeep Tour that we had in the... read more

Our trip to Jordan was great. Lena created a perfect itinerary for us and she included in it everything we wanted. Even if we changed our requirements a lot of times and we booked our trip at the very last minute, Lena was very patient, responsive and understanding.

We didn't have any problems. and our driver was very funny, professional and friendly. The price was very good as well. Highly recommended!

The only thing that I would change is the 4-hour 4x4 Jeep Tour that we had in the desert. We really enjoyed that tour, but the car was not even close to a Jeep. It was an old vintage car, which caused us some headache.

Lena Sluga, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for your review, it was my pleasure to plan this trip with you!