The trek in Wadi Zarqa was planned by the Tropical Desert Company and led by three experienced climbers. Wadi Zarqa is located near the Dead Sea and only known by insiders. Overall, we were a group of 13 people walking the canyon trail.

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It was a 15 minutes hike through the dry, rocky desert down to the upper canyon. Blooming oleander shrubs were growing beside the little stream, a pure paradise in the barren landscape surrounding us.

 

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The little creek contained an abundance of wild life – like frogs, fish and crabs.

 

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Besides the different sounds of moving water, the song of birds filled the air.  Sometimes, we had to swim through the water basins made by the waterfalls.  The water was warm and refreshing.

 

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We had to repel down two waterfalls, one of them 45 meters high.  It always took a long time for the whole group to get to the next level.

 

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Ale waiting for her turn to repel.

 

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It was my first time repelling.  I was against the rock for the first 10 meters and afterwards I was hanging freely in the air .  Water was crashing down my body and I was part of this falling, of this letting go.  I loved every minute of it.

 

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Our three leaders did an excellent job of caring for our safety.

 

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Moss in the desert is a real miracle.

 

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Some waterfalls we could pass on the side.

Our trek ended near a hot spring with incredible hot water.  It smelled like rotten eggs, a typical sulfur smell.  Farther down the Wadi the hot springs are used by a resort hotel.  Jordan has lots of hot springs,  a great thing in the cold winter time.