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Wednesday, July 5, 2000
Dahab, Egypt to Wadi Mousa, Jordan
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Wadi Mousa, Jordan:
Latitude: 30° 19' 14" North
Longitude: 35° 28' 44" East
Altitude: 3619 feet
From Seattle: 8518 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Orient Gate Backpackers Hotel

Today's Travel:
Countries: Egypt, Jordan
Regions: Sinai Peninsula, South Jordan
Route: Taxi: Dahab - Nuweiba; Ferry: Nuweiba - Aqaba; Bus: Aqaba - Ma'an; Taxi: Ma'an - Wadi Mousa
Start: Dahab, Egypt
Stop 1. Nuweiba, Egypt
Stop 2. Aqaba
End:Wadi Mousa, Jordan
Linear:156 miles
Weather: Overcast / Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1182
Linear Dist: 230062
Countries Visited: 70
Regions Visited: 264
More stats...
Hotels: 404
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 126
Hostels: 261
Transit: 75
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4127

Journal Entry:
Amy woke up still feeling like she had a cold so we decide to skip her dive class again and sleep in. When we woke up we decided to head to Jordan - that way maybe she can beat the cold and be alright to dive when we return. We were to late to catch the first ferry, so we had a leisurely brunch on the beach then caught a taxi to Nuweiba. Got there just in time to buy our tickets and rush to the ferry. The ferry wasn't crowded and it was apparent that almost everyone else was part of a tour. In Jordan we got ahead of the group and went straight to the immigration office and were able to get our visas and (just barely - by seconds) get our passports stamped before the groups got their acts together.

Outside the port we ran in to some taxi problems - we had negotiated a taxi straight to Wadi Mousa but then one of the disgruntled taxi drivers told the police and they wouldn't let us go (Jordan has some fixed rates and the price we negotiated was below this rate and straight from the port whereas port taxis were only authorized to take us into town). Ended up taking a shared taxi into Aqaba's center (we were followed by the police). There we again negotiated a good taxi price, but we couldn't find anyone to share it with us and it was just too expensive on our own. We were resigned to spending the night in Aqaba and then taking an early morning bus to Wadi Mousa (Petra). We went up to the bus station to check out busses for tomorrow and found a minibus driver who didn't seem all that happy, but agreed to take us to Wadi Mousa tonight. The drive up was all fabulous views - especially the rocky outcrops of Wadi Rum, and an incredible sunset. The driver went right by Wadi Mousa and ended up taking us to Ma'an (largish city well past Wadi Mousa) then he paid our taxi fare back to Wadi Mousa. There were two other tourist going to Wadi Mousa and they had a recommended hotel - since it was late and I didn't remember where the place I stayed at before was we decided to stay there as well. Checked in and got a nice room that wasn't too expensive. Went out and grabbed a quick shwarma / falafel for dinner before going to bed.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Jordan
CIA World Fact Book: Jordan

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