From expansive canyons and waterfalls like Wadi Mujib, to the legendary ancient city of Petra, Jordan is no stranger to adventure tourism. Although the country has become a stand-out in the region for exploration tours, the history surrounding many of the popular areas is not well-known. In 2010, the King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD) founded the Jordan Heritage Revival Company (JHRC) as a way of exploring a new breed of tourism. Now run by the Challenger Team, JHRC hopes to resuscitate the historical heritage in tourist hot spots like Wadi Rum and Petra, and not-so-common spots like Al-Shobak.
A key component of the program is the historical re-enactment; from the costumes and props to the historical facts, the crew ensures this is as authentic an experience as possible. Giving tourists and locals alike a renewed interest at some of Jordan’s most awe-inspiring sights, this is a new variety of tourism. The Al-Shobak/Wadi Rum trip also includes an antique train-ride and an unanticipated battle re-enactment, right in the heart of the caramel-coloured valley of Wadi Rum.