Wadi Rum Desert, also known as The Valley of the Moon is just being re-discovered after “playing leading role as a planet Mars” in recent Hollywood blockbuster “The Martian” with Matt Damon.
I haven’t see the movie myself, but I am more of an Indiana Jones fan and nearby Petra was on my bucket list for quite some time. ( about Petra in another post though )
Once in Jordan, Wadi Rum is the place no to be missed and by all means … it wasn’t just the highlight of my Jordan adventure, but this year travels itself.
The sandstone and granite desertscape in southern Jordan is 720sq.km in size. It’s beauty and serenity satisfy and surprises even the most experienced explorers.
Zalabia Bedouins, living in the desert developed eco-advenute tourism and offering bedouin camp stays, treks and tours across the entire destination.
I booked overnight camp and trek thru travel agent in Amman on-line, with recommendations of my Jordanian work colleague.
Camps have no electricity, but you can have a quick hot shower and traditional “desert” dinner/breakfast is being served as part of the stay.
Your bedouin host will unfold stories from the past, while serving hot arabic tea next to a crackling bonfire.
It’s not possible to do one day Wadi Rum trip from Amman. The drive itself is about 4 hours one way. Neither I would recommend to drive yourself after encountering couple of lost tourists.
Gateway to the desert represents small village, from where you will be driven on the back of open pick-up truck thru the desert…leaving just cloud of red dust behind while watching sunset and rocks turning into dramatic shades of red and purple.
The red color of the mountains and sand in the valley is due to the presence of iron oxide.
Rocks growing from open valleys reach heights up to 5580ft (1700m).
Best time of the year to visit Wadi Rum is March/April or October/November with pleasant day and night temperatures. ( even so, it can get cold during the night )
Wadi Rum is located 36mi (60km) north of Aqaba, in the south-western corner of Jordan. Main roads connect the desert with Aqaba , Petra (71mi/114km) and Amman (201mi/324km).
Distance from Amman is 4 hours drive and 1,5 hour from Petra. Note, that the roads are quite bumpy.
Bring bottled water with you and have a cash for entrance fee / tips.
For those who have a doubts about safety in the region…Jordan is very secure, with friendly people who appreciates your interest of their country and support the economy thru tourism.
If you are looking for adventure, peaceful and “out of this planet” escape…visit Wadi Rum and Jordan in 2016!