Wadi Zarqa Ma'in

COST PER PERSON:

From USD 130

DURATION:

1 days/0 nights

TOUR TYPE:

Guided Group

PHYSICAL RATING:

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Early morning meet at Amman and transport to Main Village through Madaba.

Start the hike through Wadi Zarqa Main going through pools slides and abseiling down waterfalls.

End of day transport back to Amman.

 


Inclusions

Meals
Snack lunch and Water

Make sure you have a good breakfast at your home/hotel. We will provide you with a simple snack lunch (2 Sandwiches, vegetable and fruit), we'll also provide each one with three liters of water to carry along. We very much recommend you bring some dates or dried fruits for a good and fast energy source, but make sure you put them in a water-proof container/bag (the kitchen zip-lock bag can be a solution).

Transport
Transportation from the meeting point and back;
Bus, your feet and our ropes =)

Guides
Two instructors and two assistants. This could vary depending on group size

All our guides / tour leaders are Jordanian locals who have extensive knowledge of the local communities and terrain of the areas you will be visiting. We also make sure that they are properly trained in any specialized activities they may administer i.e. hiking, cycling etc. Your guide will also be in a position to provide information on the places you visit, recommend things to do and where to eat. At certain activities that require specialized expertise such as canyoneering or cycling, you will be joined by our canyoneering or cycling team.


 

Zaid Jamjoum

"Would like to congratulate you and your crew on a job well done. It was an enjoyable experience, full of adventure and a time well spent. Having Never really experienced such a trip here in Jordan; I am looking forward to future exciting trips such as this one."

Ramsey Tesdell

"Thanks, I had a blast. It was a pleasure meeting both of the guides."

Rami Abu Robb

"Waiting time was long for people who dont know the group. We were 7 friends together and 2 other people that we dont know came along. so i suggest smaller groups unless all the 12 people know each other and dont mind waiting for each other."

Rasha Adham

"Thank you Atef, Mohammad, Raed, and Yazan for the great adventure.. Many thanks go the people behind the team..
It's guys like you who make us proud of our country!! So young, yet so professional.."

Bianca Aubin

"please put an evaluation about timeliness. we left late after being told we would leave promptly. i can see a few minutes if someone calls and says they are on their way, but over a half hour is too much. for foreign travellers, please put a few numbers of taxis with whom we can make early arrangements- it's really difficult to find a taxi at that hour."

Sam Mort

"Difficult to fault our day. The whole group LOVED it. The guides were friendly, encouraging, and fun, but at the same time, utterly professional and 100% safety conscious which gave us all a high level of comfort. Beautiful landscape: raw, remote and unspoilt. Wonderful to swim in natural pools and have showers under waterfalls. We acheievd a lot, but the day didn't seem hurried; it had a great pace. Jordan's No.1 company for adventure tourism!

The only thing that would have made the abseil more pleasurable was if we'd been given a glove to prevent rope burns. For the last abseil, we all borrowed the guide's and that made it MUCH EASIER."

Reem Bdour

"Our trip to Wadi Zarka Ma'in was a sort of surprise present to my kids especially Rania who had just finished a gruelling boring year of Tawjihi a week before. I didn't give them any details exept that were going to leave early and what to take with them. I can tell you it was a great success. Both talked about this adventure for days later and this means something (You know how hard it is to surprise and please teenagers these days!)

Here is why:

- Your trips are well organized, you are punctual and accurate.
- You have a great team, they work very hard and are so professional, everybody has an excellent attitude.
- The food was perfectly calculated and balanced even for hungry teenagers.
- Your emphasis on safety made the trip even more enjoyable.
- The area is so beautiful you simply have to fall in love with it.

My recommendation: Physically, this trip is an excellent exercise but for counting it part of ecotourism it could be more informative on our nature. The more you know about something the more you learn to respect and cherish it. By pointing out important plants and animals (like the birds, fish and frogs we saw) or even sorts of rocks by name you can inspire especially young people to learn more and care more about our environment.

I noticed the english lady asking about the rose flowering bushes in the wadi and someone told her that they were Rododendrons, which is of course wrong. These bushes are Nerium Oleander which decorate our wadis by blooming all summer. They are very poisonous though, so care should be taken that no one picks up leaves or flowers without washing their hands thouroughly afterwards.

There are excellent books on Jordanian flora and fauna in the royal society for the conservation of nature and the Jordan University.s Old people and locals are even better sources of information if you have access to them.

I congratulate you on you excellent work and wonderful team and wish you all the best Rakan.

I will send you some pics of the trip and special pics for Layali as soon as I can.

Best regards
Reem Bdour"

Steve & Otilia Lennox

"Our recent trip to Wadi Zarqa on the 11 July 2008 was truly exhilarating, enjoyable and pleasurable experience; being able to navigate and rappel through some of the most stunning and spectacular sights Jordan has to offer was wonderful; this is a must for individuals who want a break away from the norm and put some energy back into an outdoor pursuit!

The attention to safety for all during the trip was seen to be of a very high standard and executed by very confident and experienced guides; particular attention to detail for safety was paramount at the rappel stages; with all of our group being able to enjoy the experience many and inclusive of my wife for the first time abseil-rappelling over some very challenging cliffs and verticals.

As a former member of the British army with some experience of this type of activities; I would have no hesitation in giving my personal recommendation in relation to this trip being a thoroughly enjoyable, challenging but safe experience.

Don't forget your camera!!!

Looking forward to more trips with you!

All the best to Terhaal

Steve&Otilia Lennox"

Maali Qasem

"I have done many hiking trips but very few were as well managed and handled by the guide as this one making it a very enjoyable and stress free trip. Thank you so much for putting in so much effort to ensure our safety and enjoyment."

Hamza Jilani

"Already an adventure nut and climber, I felt myself magnetically drawn to the vertical sport of abseiling after meeting Rakan and Tala. This trip to Zarqa Ma'in's upper canyon was a first for me, and was laden with quite a few unexpected surprises. The first thing I noticed was that the girls on the trip outnumbered the guys by a ratio of 2:1. Blame PlayStation!

After an hour's ride down twisting roads in the hills, we were briefed about the day ahead of us by the instructors (Rakan and Tala) and began making our way into the wadi. You wouldn't believe how many times the landscape can change in just a couple of kilometers! A typically dry canyon with an array of colorful mountains at first site, we soon found ourselves making our way through thick bush lining a pristine river, greeting mountain nomads, and then swimming across pools of cool water. All of these stunning sights were merely a prelude to the main attraction of the trip - the training followed by the first of two gorgeous waterfalls to be abseiled.

I was impressed with the professionalism and enthusiasm the instructors conveyed. They were extremely precise and knowledgeable about their sport and the terrain. However, to the observer, they take their vocation to an art level! Way to go, guys!

What really trips you out about abseiling is that most times you can't see what you're getting into from the top of the waterfall or cliff you're standing on before you descend. It's soooo worth it. Just make sure to wear gloves because the ropes can blister your hands.

This is definitely a sport I'm going to get into, especially in Jordan where pervasively carved wadis to abseil are all over the country!"

Michael Vonk

"If you have ever wanted to see the natural beauty of Jordan, this is the company to speak with. Terhaal Eco Adventures has some of the friendliest and the most knowledgeable guides I have ever met and can take you to some incredible places. The hike I chose was Wadi Zarqa Ma'in, a beautiful Oasis in the middle of the wilderness where you can come across a wide range of wild flora and fauna as well as numerous Bedouins watering their goats and donkeys. Beyond being friendly and knowledgeable (and being full of stories about Jordan), the guides clearly had safety in the forefront of their minds in whatever we did including in the selection and care of the rappelling (abseiling) equipment. I know for certain that if I am able to return to Jordan I will ensure I take the time to go on another excursion with them and highly recommend them to anyone who is planning a trip to Jordan - or if you aren't sure where to go, going to Jordan on an eco-adventure with Terhaal would be an excellent plan."

Ellie Seats

"Thank you for a wonderful trip to Zarqa-Main canyon. I so appreciate your eco-consciousness and community awareness. I found the guides to be both friendly and competent and the equipment excellent. I think it will move smoother and faster if first time rapelers experience leaning back and releasing the rope before going over the ledge, as your guide demonstrated. Some had difficulty/nervousness letting go of the strap because they didn't know what to expect from the rapel ring. A few seconds leaning back in a safe setting and learning to trust the rope and understand how to release it may help speed things up. Also, the wait at the final rapel was probably a little longer than necessary--for those who went first, it would have been quite long. Understanding the need to give guides a lunch break/rest, it seemed a little bit longer than necessary. Otherwise, a very well organized and pleasant trip. I will join you for more."

Wilma Bromilow

"The long wainting times before and after abseiling. Two hours waiting in the sun, is really too long. Perhaps the groups can be made smaller next time!"

Julie Leclercq

"What a wonderful day!

Thank to Terhaal company to organize this adventure for us to Wadi Zarqa Ma'In...
What is great is that they made a special trip for our group based on our request...
So we were only 6 friends with 3 guides and we had a very special and exciting day!
Landscapes are amazing, the Terhaal Team is really nice, your sensations are guaranteed with the abseiling but 200% safe!
I would highly recommend this trip to those who would like to discover new activities in Jordan....and there are many Wadis to try!

POSITIVE
- Good organization
- Nice team and really professional
- safety rules were well highlited
- good equipment
- nice lunch package ++ for the tea!

NEGATIVE
- Nothing regarding the trip itself...
- Maybe having the possibility to swimm in Mai'In hot springs after the trip? instead of waiting for the bus....
- Improve timing wit the bus for pick-up
- Payment issue: too complicated the fact that we needed to go to Mecca Mall to book the trip. You should trust the client when we give you a written confirmation that we are coming because it's easier to pay you directly when arriving in Madaba.

Julie from France "

lma Bromilow

"The long waintin times before and after abseiling. Two hours waiting in the sun, is really too long. Perhaps the groups can be made smaller next time! "

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Welcome to Terhaal adventures... we hope that you enjoy exploring Jordan's hidden treasures as much as we do.

Itinerary Disclaimer
The itinerary attached is correct at the time of printing. However please note that occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers' comments and our own research. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Details a couple of days prior to your trip, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Meeting Point
There are two meeting points for this trip:

1- Amman at the Safeway Stores parking lot 7th Circle.
Meeting Time: between 6:30 AM and 7:00 AM. At 7:00 AM sharp we leave.

2- Madaba at Terhaal operation base, drive west from Madaba towards Mount Nebo, the base is 5.5km from Madaba on the main road on the left side.
Meeting time: at 7:30 AM

Being there on time is essential, especially if you don't want to be left behind!

One reason why we leave early is to have the maximum time of daylight in order not to rush our adventure and have more time for leisure. The other reason is to have spare time in case of unexpected delays.

Finishing Point
Same as the meeting point above, between 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM.

Arrival Complications
We don't expect any problems (and nor should you!) but if for any reason you are unable to begin your trip as scheduled, please contact us immediately at one of the following numbers:
+962 6 581 3061
+962 79 7784433
+962 77 777 9488
+962 79 553 6351

Detailed Itinerary
Daytrip: Wadi Zarqa Ma'in (Canyoning: hiking, bouldering and abseiling)

We'll meet up early in the morning in Amman (or Madaba) and head down to the trail head of the Wadi (1 hour drive). On the way, a conclusive briefing will be delivered by our team leader.

We will start hiking following a little water stream through a wide black basalt gorge followed by a narrow white stone gorge. We then start descending further in altitude while maneuvering through boulders and water cascades until we reach the first waterfall. This stretch takes around 2.5 hours of hiking including a couple of breaks in between.

At the cliff we will have time to rest until the guides finish equipping the cliff, give you technical instructions and start abseiling one by one. Depending on the group size, there could be a longer waiting time until everyone passes this abseil. Meanwhile, you can be enjoying a cool shower under the splendid waterfall and have your lunch accompanied with a hot cup of tea. The second fall is within 70 meter from the first one, so the same procedure applies. After the last guide's rappel down, we'll have another 40 minutes of hiking until we reach the end of the trail at Ma'in Hot Springs.

The duration of the whole adventure may vary according to the number of the group, the group pace of hiking and to how fast the abseiling experience goes for those rappelling for the first time. So it can be anything between 6 and 10 hours (excluding transportation time).

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Wadi Zarqa Ma'in is located between the village of Ma'in and Ma'in hotsprings, a 6km hike takes you through a black basalt canyon and a white limestone canyon with two impressive waterfalls to abseil (each fall is formed of two steps, 7m and 35m). Below each fall lies a splendid pool girded by travertine drapes. The trail ends at the Ma'in Hot Springs.
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Inclusions

Meals: Snack lunch and Water;

Make sure you have a good breakfast at your home/hotel. We will provide you with a simple snack lunch (2 Sandwiches, vegetable and fruit), we'll also provide each one with three liters of water to carry along. We very much recommend you bring some dates or dried fruits for a good and fast energy source, but make sure you put them in a water-proof container/bag (the kitchen zip-lock bag can be a solution).

Transport: Transportation from the meeting point and back;

Bus, your feet and our ropes =)

Guides: Two instructors and two assistants. This could vary depending on group size

All our guides / tour leaders are Jordanian locals who have extensive knowledge of the local communities and terrain of the areas you will be visiting. We also make sure that they are properly trained in any specialized activities they may administer i.e. hiking, cycling etc. Your guide will also be in a position to provide information on the places you visit, recommend things to do and where to eat. At certain activities that require specialized expertise such as canyoneering or cycling, you will be joined by our canyoneering or cycling team.

Checklist
> Backpack to carry your personal needs during the day (the type with a lower-back pad support and waist strap are very much recommended). Minimum convenient size is 20 liters. 
> Eye shades
> Good hiking shoes are the most important.
> Sandals are a No No for hiking trails.
> Light clothes; long sleeves and light colours are advisable in summer time
> A hat or head dress that also covers the neck
> Warm clothes for cooler nights
> Sun protection lotion
> Dates, fruits, or candy bars (to provide instant calories during outdoor activities)
> Water flasks or hydration packs (camel packs) are useful.

Safety
You have to be aware that these adventures are considered risky. However, be sure that you will be accompanied by experts in the fields of canyoning and abseiling.

Health
It is recommended that all travelers be in good physical health prior to embarking on a Terhaal trip as all our trips are active/adventurous. We also advise all our guests to consult their doctor beforehand. Group leaders reserve the right to exclude any guest from a trip whom they believe may be of an unjustifiable risk to themselves or to the rest of the group without refund.
Local Dress
When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout Jordan. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot climate.

Emergency Contact
In case of an emergency Terhaal's Amman Office can be reached on
+962 6 581 3061
+962 79 7784433
+962 77 777 9488
+962 79 553 6351
Alternatively you can email emergency@terhaal.com

Your Fellow travelers
As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travelers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travelers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.
Group Leader
All our tour leaders have good knowledge of the local communities and terrain of the areas you will be visiting. We also make sure that they are properly trained in any specialized activities they may administer i.e. hiking, cycling, abseiling, etc.

Responsible Travel
We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimize the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Jordan is a small country with little natural resources. Water scarcity is a big issue in the region so make sure you adapt a conservative attitude towards water consumption. Along the trip your tour leader will highlight such issues.

Terhaal plans its operations in a way that maximizes benefits for local communities; whenever we can, we hire staff locally in the areas where we operate, our guests stay in locally owned hotels and we attempt to organize our holidays around volunteering activities such helping farmers to harvest their apples, olives etc, and the like. Terhaal also contributes towards efforts that strengthen environmental advocacy and environmental education for children.
A Couple of Rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make your destinations such special places. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession.

Consuming alcohol or being under its influence during our hiking activities will not be tolerated.

Participation form
All Terhaal travelers are required to sign a Participation Form on day 1 of the trip. Please note that signing the form is a prerequisite of travelling with Terhaal. To read the full document, please follow this link http://www.terhaal.com/travel-jordan/adventure/participation-form.

Feedback
After your trip we hope you will send us your photos and any stories or feedback you may have. We would appreciate it if you could take a couple of minutes to complete our feedback form, just follow this link: http://www.terhaal.com/travel-jordan/feedback-form. Your feedback will not only help us improve, but will also help other travelers make their decisions after reading your feedback/ testimonial.

Our blog
Our blog, Treks & Trails of Jordan (www.terhaal.com/blog), is a collection of stories posted by a variety of people that reflect the natural, environmental and cultural aspects of Jordan vis-à-vis first hand experiences.
It is also a great tool for documenting your feedback to communicate and share your Jordan experience with others. All you need to do is write one or two paragraphs about your trip with Terhaal, attach some photos if available and send it to us at blog@terhaal.com to have it published on our blog under your name.

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The information in this document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and Terhaal.