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Head Out on a 4WD Desert Adventure  Aqaba  Jordan
Desert Sunset in Wadi Rum, Jordan Aqaba  Jordan
Wadi Rum–The Valley of the Moon Aqaba  Jordan
Wadi Rum through the eyes of a local Aqaba  Jordan
In Lawrence of Arabia’s Footsteps Aqaba  Jordan
Wadi Rum Aqaba  Jordan
Riding camels in Wadi Rum! Aqaba  Jordan
WADI RUM Aqaba  Jordan
Head Out on a 4WD Desert Adventure  Aqaba  Jordan
Desert Sunset in Wadi Rum, Jordan Aqaba  Jordan
Wadi Rum–The Valley of the Moon Aqaba  Jordan
Wadi Rum through the eyes of a local Aqaba  Jordan
In Lawrence of Arabia’s Footsteps Aqaba  Jordan
Wadi Rum Aqaba  Jordan
Riding camels in Wadi Rum! Aqaba  Jordan
WADI RUM Aqaba  Jordan

Head Out on a 4WD Desert Adventure

If you don't have a huge amount of time, the quickest way to cover a decent stretch of territory in Wadi Rum is to take a jeep tour. Even with just one afternoon at your disposal, you can make it to the major highlights including Khazali Canyon, Umm Froth rock bridge, a sand dune to run down, some Nabataean ruins, Lawrence's spring, and a couple of rock art sites. The real highlight, of course, is simply admiring the scenery itself as you travel through the sands. If you can, spend the night here, or at least stay for day's end, when the sand glows orange as the sun goes down.

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AFAR Local Expert
over 5 years ago

Desert Sunset in Wadi Rum, Jordan

The moonscape-style desert of Wadi Rum in Jordan is a remarkable destination for its strange plateaus and rock formations, but that’s not what created my moment of zen in the desert. I was standing on a rock quite literally in the middle of nowhere, the wind circulating hot air and a Bedouin behind me was on his cell phone as we waited for the sun to set. This is a daily ritual when visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage site all journey to various prime locations to await the natural spectacle. I was there with just a few people as I looked across and saw a camel caravan pass in front of us and the sun began its daily show. The feeling that I don’t have a clue what most people’s lives are like around the world isn’t a new sensation, but it redoubled on this desert platform. I felt small, but in an incredibly positive way. Instead of a cog in a machine, as so many of us feel like, I felt more like a speck of sand on a beach, or a desert. It was a happy moment as I watched the marvelous sunset and left the rock in the desert a little more contrite and humble. For a once in a lifetime desert experience, stay a night or two at Captain’s Desert Bedouin Camp. Sleeping in the middle of the vast and beautiful desert, listening to traditional music and eating amazing food is one of the best ways to explore this remarkable place.
AFAR Ambassador
over 5 years ago

Wadi Rum–The Valley of the Moon

I visited Wadi Rum on the way to Petra–a perfect detour. The landscape feels like that of another planet. Petroglyphs can be found all over, proof of human travel through this area for thousands of years.
AFAR Ambassador
over 5 years ago

Wadi Rum through the eyes of a local

Mohammed was our radiant guide for Wadi Rum for the afternoon. You could tell he truly loved the desert, and he was proud to be a Bedouin. I wish I'd stayed longer, had one more cup of tea with him, heard one more story, asked one more question.
over 5 years ago

In Lawrence of Arabia’s Footsteps

The sky glittered with more stars than I could ever imagine the night we camped in Wadi Rum, a desert valley in southern Jordan. I lay for hours watching the constellations trace a gentle arch overhead and losing count of shooting stars. I closed my eyes just as the Milky Way began to sink behind the mountains and woke to a herd of camels nibbling the shrubs at my feet. Wadi Rum is a maze of sandstone and granite peaks separated by sand-swept valleys and once served as T.E. Lawrence’s base of operations during the Arab Revolt. Led by our Bedouin guide, we climbed sand dunes, scrambled over rocks, studied prehistoric carvings, and gazed across the Saudi Arabian border from the top of Mount Um Adaami, the tallest peak in Jordan. The best way to explore Wadi Rum is with a Bedouin guide based in the nearby Wadi Rum Village who will take you into the desert by camel or jeep. You can make arrangements for a guide in advance online or when you arrive at the Visitor Center, where many guides wait for business. We rented a car to drive the four hours from Amman to Wadi Rum, but there are also buses that run from Amman, Aqaba, and Petra. If you visit in the summer, check out the natural spring on the outskirts of the village (about a 30-minute hike), where you’ll find some of the sweetest figs you’ve ever tasted!
over 5 years ago

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum is one of those places you visit and then think about for the rest of your life. A place so stunning and bizarre it permanently etches its memory in your bones. I ended up there with no plans or expectations, and no clue what was in store. Niko is one of those travelers that can make any trip worthwhile. Introducing himself over a cup of tea, he spoke in slow, thoughtful, Finnish tinted speech as he explained that there were old Bedouin hunting routes leading all the way to the tops of the massive rock formations surrounding us. The paths up we're marked by small stacks of stones, and in the morning, he was going to find one and follow it to the top. My friend and I were welcome to join. It's common for travelers to see Wadi Rum from the window of an air-conditioned jeep. If you have a few days, stick around and sleep right inside the park. The visitor center rents amazingly comfortable matressed tents for 3$ a night with big warm comforters and pillows, and Ali, the always smiling proprietor of the sparse general store, cooks decent $4 family style breakfasts and dinners each day. Don't be surprised if you're asked in for tea by the occasional Bedouin tent you pass in the desert. The people are outgoing and engaging, and you may find yourself warming up around a fire as the youngest children in the family translate a conversation between you and your hosts.
over 5 years ago

Riding camels in Wadi Rum!

As part of a group cycling tour of Jordan, we camped overnight in Wadi Ram; this is a MUST DO! The accommodations were Bedouin styled tents in a camp run by Bedouins with flush toilets, showers and electric lights. Probably the tastiest group served meals of the whole trip: lamb and veggies for dinner and cooked to order breakfast in the morning. The highlight for me was wandering out late at night by the light of the full moon to explore/hike in extreme peace and tranquility. A few of us ended up sleeping outside around the fire. An optional early morning camel ride, was a great start to a new day. Tip: hang on tight as the camel sits down to let you off and lean back. Dec. 27 & 28, 2012
Visit Jordan
over 3 years ago

WADI RUM

Dramatic sandstone and granite formations give this vast desert in southern Jordan an otherworldly look—which made it a fitting double for the red planet in The Martian (the latest of many blockbusters filmed here, among them, Lawrence of Arabia). Schedule your visit when the “rum sun” is rising or setting and the scenery glows an extraordinarily warm shade of orange. Here, you have the opportunity to sleep in traditional Bedouin tents—a variation of glamping that typically includes crisp white sheets and a campfire meal under the stars. Jeep tours and camel rides are available, as are hot air balloon rides high above the petroglyphs and cliffs.