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Destination: Mujib Biosphere Reserve Chalets, Jordan

Photography by Richard Giordano

As one drives south on Highway 65 (also known as the Dead Sea Highway) in Jordan, a teal-blue body of water appears. Located at 423 meters below sea level, the Dead Sea is not only one of the saltiest lakes in the world; it is officially the lowest place on land.

The highway also skirts along the Mujib Biosphere Reserve, which is the lowest nature reserve on earth. The Mujib houses a complex river system that has cut into the earth over time, creating canyons (or wadis) that could easily be mistaken for those in Arizona or Utah. The presence of water in the desert supports rich biodiversity, with over 300 species of plants, ten species of carnivores, and countless resident and migratory birds calling the reserve their home. The landscape lends well to activities such as hiking, enjoying the natural scenery, and, by crossing the highway, floating in the Dead Sea.

Located mere steps from the Dead Sea, the Mujib Chalets feature 15 double rooms with breathtaking coastal views. Conveniently located near the Mujib Biosphere Reserve, each chalet offers a shaded sun terrace, air conditioning, and the usual amenities. I can personally vouch for the sunsets—they’re out of this world.

Learn more or book your stay via booking.com or wildjordan.com.

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Ashley Giordano completed a 48,800-kilometer overland journey from Canada to Argentina with her husband, Richard, in their well-loved but antiquated Toyota pickup. On the zig-zag route south, she hiked craggy peaks in the Andes, discovered diverse cultures in 15 different countries, and filled her tummy with spicy ceviche, Baja fish tacos, and Argentinian Malbec. You can usually find Ashley buried in a pile of travel books, poring over maps, or researching wild medicinal plants. Ashley is a co-founder of Women Overlanding the World and crew member of Expedition Overland. You’ll find this Canadian-born couple exploring a different continent in 2021, and sharing their trip every step of the way at Desk to Glory.