Hiking and Swimming in the Dead Sea

Besides Petra, the Dead Sea is the most touristy place in Jordan. Floating in the Dead Sea is synonymous with healing and relaxation. But before all the floating and relaxing, I needed to get some exercise.


My group and I hiked up a very steep incline to overlook the Dead Sea. Once upon a time, all this was under water and you could see the sea fossils.

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Due to irrigation and damming, the Dead Sea water levels are extremely low. The difference over the past 10 years is astounding with water levels dropping 3-10 feet per year.  Our waterfront hotel is hardly waterfront anymore because of the shrinking sea.

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Of course the day we were at the Dead Sea, the weather was not great. You can see in the background the huge waves. It was like being in the ocean! But the Dead Sea is really a lake so it was kind of fun to float in the giant waves.

My roommate getting into the mud mask/salty fun:


The high salt content makes it so everyone can float!  And there is mud set aside to rub all over your body to soothe the skin and provide some anti-aging properties (supposedly) as well as relief from osteoporosis, psoriasis, and eczema.  We were told after 10 minutes to wash off the mud mask and you will look 10 years younger. I’m not sure about that but I was surely washing salt off my body for a whole day. Some good scrubbing was required to get this mess off me!

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The next morning we attempted to go back into the Dead Sea to get some good photos of us floating but the weather and waves were even worse that they closed our beach. It was still a cool experience and I’d love to do it again someday!

Reader Question: Have you ever done a mud mask or body wrap?

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1 Response

  1. Chaitali says:

    How fun! I hadn’t heard that the dead sea was also supposed to have healing properties. I’m sure the relaxation alone is usually enough to make people feel better 🙂

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