Sustainable tourism in Jordan: how to explore Jordan’s gems AND support the locals

The SiqIf seeing the best sites in Jordan while simultaneously supporting the local inhabitants is important to you, it’s time you met The Meaningful Travel Map of Jordan.

A new sustainable tourism map has been created by the guys behind Tourism Cares. And what they’ve done is create a great map of 12 touristic experiences that benefit both tourists and host communities.

Of course, any trip to Jordan wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Petra or Wadi Rum or the Dead Sea, but what this new map does is actually highlight a number of local enterprises alongside these great sites that provide a unique insight into the spirit and people of Jordan.

For example, at the Iraq Al Amir Women’s Cooperative just outside Amman, you can learn all about traditional paper making,  pottery and more with your family. Alternatively, head to the Jordan River Foundation’s Bani Hamida Women’s Weaving Project, which lets you try some traditional weaving while boosting women’s rights  and livelihoods at the same time.

All in all, a project that looks very promising and one we’ll be watching over the coming months.

If any of you have any personal experience of the project, please let us know in the comments!

To see the map in action, click here (it loads a little slowly).