Jordan’s Dead Sea: Salty, Muddy and Beautiful

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

I’ve posted on The Hipmunk about the worlds largest salt flats in Bolivia and all the fun optical illusions that can be had during a visit, but another salty place to visit is the Dead Sea. I was recently invited by the Tourism Board of Jordan to visit the country and while I’ve started a series on food on my own site, I wanted to post some photos from the Dead Sea here.

The area, much more well known than Uyuni’s salt flats, is over eight times more salty than the ocean. At 67 km long, that’s a lot of salt. 

On the side of the water, surreal crystal formations:

And from an even closer view:

The sea is also located over 415 meters below sea level, more so than I had realized and a serious contrast to the higher altitude (over 5000m at times) in Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni.

Afternoon was, of course, spent getting extremely muddy and then waiting for the mud to solidify and crack in the sun, washing it off in the salty water by the shore. It’s a strange thing, to be in the water and washing off the mud, only to come out feeling like you’ve bathed in a giant pool of oil. 

Having seen the Dead Sea from the Israeli side over a decade ago, I watched the sun rise over the water. It was a nice symmetry to be on the Jordanian side years later and watch the sun set into the sea. 

The flat, oily nature of the water lends itself to total placidity, like a sunset over a sheet of glass:

For anyone heading to Jordan’s Dead Sea, one very important travel tip: DO NOT GET THE WATER IN YOUR EYES. Speaking from experience here, it’s not so much fun. The instinct to wipe the water out of your eyes using your hand? Also a terrible idea. 

Back to travel gadgets and smartphone apps next week. Have a great weekend!

Disclosure: I traveled to Jordan as a guest of the Tourism Board for Legal Nomads, but all photos and opinions presented are completely my own.

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