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Wadi Rum

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WADI RUM Aqaba  Jordan


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.