Wadi Rum, called Valley of the Moon by the Bedouin, is a place of legends. Inhabited for over 2,500 years, it lies on an ancient camel trading route to the Arabian Peninsula.  This is a stupendous, timeless place, virtually untouched by humanity and its destructive forces. Here, it is the weather and winds that have carved the imposing, towering skyscrapers, so elegantly described by T.E. Lawrence.

 

A maze of monolithic rocks capes rise up from the desert floor to heights of 1,750m creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers can enjoy the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces and explore the canyons and water holes to discover 4000-year-old rock drawings and the many other spectacular treasures this vast wilderness holds in store.

 

There are several options for exploring Wadi Rum; hiring a 4x4 vehicle, together with a driver/guide, and then driving for two or three hours inside the desert to explore some of the best known sites, is an option. Alternatively a camel and a guide can be hired as another option.  Once transport has been arranged, there are various excursions available - for example, a trip to Burdah Rock Bridge, the highest in Wadi Rum, via the Seven Pillars of Wisdom and many other interesting sights, is a full day by car or an overnight trip by camel.

 

Wadi Rum is home to about 5,000 Bedouins. Many live in traditional goats’ hair tents. The Bedouin people that inhabit the area still maintain their semi-nomadic lifestyle. They are hospitable and offer a friendly welcome to visitors, often inviting them to sit and enjoy a coffee or even a meal.

 

Wadi Rum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

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