Wadi Rum: وادي رم (AKA Valley of the moon)

Wadi Rum is one of the most extraordinary sceneries in Jordan. It is a protected area covering 720 square kilometers of dramatic desert wilderness in the south of Jordan. Huge mountains of sandstone and granite emerge, sheer-sided, from wide sandy valleys to reach heights of 1700 meters and more. Narrow canyons and fissures cut deep into the mountains and many conceal ancient rock drawings etched by the peoples of the desert over millennia. Bedouin tribes still live among the mountains of Rum and their large goat-hair tents are a special feature of the landscape.

In Wadi Rum, you will enjoy the serenity of the place as you escape your daily worries and become one with nature! If you are feeling a little adventurous, you could go mountain climbing, skydiving, or even take a sunrise hot-air balloon ride. It definitely is an experience for all ages and a highlight of your trip.

This area, made famous abroad by the exploits of TE Lawrence (‘Lawrence of Arabia’) in the early 20th century, has lost none of its allure and forbidding majesty. Its myriad moods and dramatic colors, dictated by the changing angle of the sun, best reward an overnight trip so, unless you’re really pushed for time, linger here for a day or two, slowing down to the timeless rhythm of desert life, enjoying the galaxy of stars overhead at night and the spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Like most deserts, Wadi Rum is as much to be experienced as it is to be seen.