Feynan Ecolodge was one of my favorite places to stay in Jordan. I wanted to give a quick overview here before my piece goes up on NatGeo. It's in the middle of the Dana Biosphere Reserve in Jordan...in other words, the typical middle of nowhere.
When we left Evason Ma'In, we drove to the bustling town of Madaba. Madaba is home to the oldest map of the holy land, dating to the 6th century A.D. Really, really old. The mosaic map covers much of the church and it's especially cool to see how they depicted Jerusalem.
We had a great traditional lunch at Haret Jdoudna in the lovely courtyard, just around the corner from the church, before heading to Mount Nebo. Whatever you believe in, standing at the summit of Mount Nebo is a spiritual experience. This is where Moses stood and saw the Promised Land and where he died. I always pictured the "Promised Land" as lush and gorgeous, but it is very...brown. Still, Mount Nebo is a must-see in Jordan.
As we were driving out to Feynan and the landscape significantly changed, a friend on the trip remarked that it looked more like a moonscape. It's the best way to describe it. We were on the moon.
We got to the reception center, which is a 30-minute drive from the lodge. Locals own the trucks and keep the money from driving guests to and from Feynan. Feynan is passionately dedicated to being a sustainable ecolodge in every sense of the word, from using purely solar energy to being the sole support for an entire Bedouin community.