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Wadi Rum Jordan

Jordan - Wadi Rum: places you must visit! 

Wadi Rum is a mythical place. This 720 square kilometer desert has unique views and has been on the Unesco World Heritage List since 2011. If you are visiting Jordan you will definitely want to spend a few days and nights here as well. But how do make this adventure happen? There are no hotels or roads in Wadi Rum. In this article you will read which spots you should not miss and where you can spend your night, because there may be no hotels, but the desert is dotted with wadi rum camps, from very basic bedouin camps to luxury camps where you feel like you are on another planet!

What to see in Wadi Rum

When you make a roadtrip in Jordan, Wadi Rum is one of the place you absolutely have to visit! Wadi Rum is a protected area of 720 square km, and is also on the UNESO list of world heritage. But ... the area is also very popular and that means also a lot of garbage and a lot of cars crossing the desert. But despite these things it was one of the highlights of our Jordan Trip. Which places are most interesting to visit in Wadi Rum?

Wadi Rum is most know for its Martian Landscapes: In fact, the scenery of Wadi Rum is just out of this world, and it is often compared to the landscapes of Mars. There are towering red sandstone mountains, canyons, and spectacular sand dunes.

wadi rum desert
wadi rum desert

Wadi Rum is all about the Bedouin Culture: The Bedouin people have lived in Wadi Rum for generations, and it's an excellent opportunity to learn about their culture and way of life. You can spend the night in Bedouin camps or take a tour with a Bedouin guide (more about this later in this article).

Lawrence of Arabia's House: Several areas in Wadi Rum are named after T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia. One of the most popular is the house where Lawrence lived during the Arab Revolt. All the piles of rocks make the atmosphere a bit mysterious here and the view from de top of the rock is spectacular!

Special rock formations with names like 'the mushroom', 'the window' and 'the chicken with eggs'. Every guide stops here for a few minutes so you can make some pictures. Barrah Canyon and Khazali Canyon are also popular. And in the evening there is 'sunset point'. If you are lucky and the weather is good you will witness one of the most stunning sunsets you'll ever see!

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom: The Seven Pillars of Wisdom is one of the most iconic formations in Wadi Rum. The seven towering sandstone pillars are said to have inspired the title of Lawrence of Arabia's book.

Rock Climbing: Wadi Rum is a popular destination for rock climbers, thanks to its unique rock formations and challenging climbs. There are numerous routes available for climbers of all skill levels.​

wadi rum rock
laurence house wadi rum
on top of a rock wadi rum
wadi rum
sunset wadi rum

How to get around in Wadi Rum Desert

By foot. Many groups of travelers hike here with their backpacks and spend the night in tents. Very adventurous, but Wadi Rum is immense, so by exploring by foot you only see a small part.

In the back of a pickup truck. Bedouin guides pick you up at the visitor center and drive you around showing all the beautiful spots. They cook you a nice lunch and make some tea.

Camel Riding: Visitors can experience the beauty of Wadi Rum on camelback. Bedouin guides offer guided tours through the area on camelback, where you can take in the stunning views at a leisurely pace.

Hot Air Ballooning: A hot air balloon ride is an exciting way to see Wadi Rum from above. As you glide over the desert landscape, you can take in stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. But ... the weather has to be good, so you're trip is not confirmed until just a few hours before you're suppose to leave that your trip can actually take place.

Where to spend the night in Wadi Rum desert

Spending the night at one of the Wadi Rum camps is an absolute must-do. You can choose between all levels of luxury! The more traditional camps offer you a more authentic experience, with a traditional meal in the evening and a good breakfast  in the morning and not to forget: lots of tea!

Most camps organize tours themselves. We stayed in the Milky Way bedouin camp. You have basic tents here, but also a few glamping tents. And the food was good!! When you want to experience a stay in one of the very luxury camps I can recommend you Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp, one of the nicest camps!

When you book your stay in one of the Wadi Rum camps, you can make arrangements for the tours too. But no matter which camp you choose, spending the night in Wadi Rum desert is extremely cheap!

wadi rum bedouin camp
wadi rum bedouin camp
wadi rum bedouin camp
wadi rum bedouin camp

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