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Uncover Hidden Gems: Hike through Jordan’s Ancient History

“Welcome to my home,” 70-year-old Abu Yahya says to me while gesturing at the cave behind him. “This is where I had my ten children; where I lived before the modern world existed. Before Facebook, email and Tinder!” He flashes me a toothless grin. Am I in danger of being swiped right? “This,” he spreads his arms and widens his eyes until they are virtually out of his head, “is Dana.”

You’d be forgiven for wondering what, where or who Dana is; and that’s exactly the point. I’m standing on a slither of path, in a jumbled, as-far-as-the-eye-can-see mess of giant rocks and spiky bushes. This is Dana in Jordan, a remote nature reserve set deep in the country’s wilderness, and just one of the many off-the-tourist-trail stop-off points on my eight day, hiking-heavy group adventure tour with G Adventures.

I’ve barely managed to take a picture before Abu Yahya is off, his beaten-up Nike Airs speed-walking down the scraggy hillside, his plastic carrier bag swinging by his side. Read more…

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