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An hour from Petra or Aqaba, and four hours from Amman, on the Desert Highway lies Wadi ram - lost World. There is the highest mountain in Jordan - Jebel Ram, its height is 1754 m. It stands in the center of a stunning desert landscape, which was called beautiful even by sentimentality local tribes. However, the beauty of these places does not prevent them from being harsh - it is not easy to survive here, and only the persistent Bedouins who had camels, in-depth knowledge of the search for water and a specific way of life adapted to local conditions succeeded in this.

General information

Today, Wadi Rum is a well-organized tourist attraction that ensures the existence of local residents. This has its advantages and disadvantages. Thanks to the good organization of excursions, you will not have to face the unpredictable circumstances that previously awaited independent travelers on the way to Wadi Rum.

Wadi Rum is forever associated with the name of Lawrence of Arabia and his book “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom” ("Seven Pillars of Wisdom"), in which you can read the memorable descriptions of the local landscapes:

“To our left was a long stone wall, arched by a thousand-foot arc to the middle of the valley. Opposite it, to our right, a torn line of red peaks raised the second of the same arc. The top on the right seemed sharper and sharper in contrast to the other side, where the ridge of mountains straightened into one not so high, but impregnable mass of reddish color. Looking closely, we saw that they were not solid stone walls, but stood in separate cliffs, resembling gigantic buildings lined up on both sides of the street they formed. They were separated from each other by shady alleys fifty feet wide, and the roundings and niches, weathered in the walls for many years and painted with superficial growths and cracks, looked like man-made architectural details. The karst voids high in the steep walls looked like round windows; others, at the very foot, gaped like doors ” (chapter 62).

In order to get impressions comparable to those described by Lawrence, you should spend at least evening in Wadi Rum after seeing the sunset, night and day in its entirety. A day trip from Aqaba or Petra will only make you feel the charm of this place to a small extent, so set aside at least one day to plan it.

The time spent in Wadi Rum is always magical, the sunsets and sunrises are especially beautiful here. In the valley, a surprisingly large variety of butterflies and birds. If you lie on your back on the sand and look towards a rock rising above you or just into the sky, the only sounds you will hear are bird chirping and a faint noise of wings. At sunset, the valley and the cliffs surrounding it take on a surreal shape. Under the moon, they look intimidating.

Practical tips

You can come here both on an SUV and on a camel, paying 2 dinars per person for entering the Wadi Rum protected area without prior agreement with the tourist center.

On an SUV, you will naturally go further, get to places like the Burda Rock bridge in an hour, instead of going on a night expedition by camel. SUV routes are tightly controlled to minimize environmental damage: a security team patrols a protected area of ​​720 km². Hunting and litter are just two of the many challenges. If you own an SUV, follow your itinerary. A special permit is required to set up tents and rock climbing.

Tourist centre. Tel: 03-209-0600. Email: [email protected] If you arrived for a short time (less than a day), just go to the center and resort to the services of another guide. If you want to stay longer, send an e-mail at least a week in April, September and October, it is better to book accommodation in advance.

Burda Rock Bridge

Climbing to this natural rocky bridge is perhaps the most fascinating of Wadi Rum attractions. With the help of a guide, you will climb the bridge in an hour and go down a little faster. The climb is mostly direct, but there are a few surprises. It is better not to exercise it in the afternoon of August and barefoot - the rock becomes very hot. Dress accordingly - the descent from the cliff in a skirt or dress will be difficult: the hem will prevent you from seeing where to put your foot.

Bedouin Desert Ships

Eight major nomadic tribes still live in Wadi Rum and surrounding desert areas. Their total number is 40 thousand people (in the 1950s, it was 220 thousand). Many became semi-Madian, lead a sedentary lifestyle. Only some members of the tribe, mostly young men, roam the desert, raising livestock for grazing. Life in the desert without camels is impossible, therefore they are taken care of in every way. The lifespan of a camel is about 20 years. They begin to breed at 2 years old, and camels are born every autumn.

Camel ride

A camel is the most environmentally friendly mode of transport for traveling through the desert - and, of course, the most traditional. You are offered a full range of services: from a half-hour test drive to a full-fledged trip with an overnight stay, but in any case, your impressions will remain with you much longer than muscle pain, the existence of which you did not even suspect.

A camel ride over the past decade has ceased to be an “exclusive”, exotic offer from travel agencies. Today, the tourist center has solid rates for excursions, taking into account the schedule and complexity of the route. The business is well established, and there is nothing more intimidating about it.

Nabatean Temple

Italian archaeologists unearthed the ruins of this temple, almost completely buried under a layer of sand. It dates from the 1st century. n e., the era of Aretas IV, and was built on the ruins of the temple of the goddess Allat. The Italians also excavated in 1980-1986. several prehistoric Bedouin dwellings.

Looking from here to the right wall of the Ram Gorge, you will notice a group of five trees, about 800 m from the ruins of the temple. This is the source of Ain Shellal.

Ain Shellalah

Dismounting, you can climb a pile of stones from the bottom of the valley to the crevice, where a spring beats from a rock. The water here is beautiful: clean and cool even at the height of summer, it is the best spring in Wadi Rum. Continue to move along the narrow compartment of Wadi Rum, keeping to the right side, going around the mountains, to an impressive sight - the rock “full face”.

Letters of Alameleh (Alameleh inscriptions)

On this rock, beautiful examples of ancient, prehistoric inscriptions - images of camels and other wild animals have been preserved. Their authors are people from the Tamud tribe. (now extinct) - it came here from Algeria and Saudi Arabia, north of the Medina. This tribe is mentioned in the texts of the VIII century. BC e. like pagans conquered by the Nabataeans.

From here, the route turns back south, it runs along the picturesque sand dunes and winds among the rocks, leading again to the village of Ram.

Aqaba - Wadi Rum

Traveling to Wadi Rum, you find yourself in another world. A huge space of untouched beauties. Wadi Rum is one of Jordan's main attractions. Being the most unique desert in the world, it lies 320 km southwest of Amman, 120 km south of Petra and only 68 km north of Aqaba. On the vast territory of the desert, pink sheer cliffs, sands and majestic stones in the realm of peaceful silence change each other. Wadi Rum is best known for the British officer Lawrence, who was featured during the great Arab uprising of 1917-1918. Wadi Rum is also often used as a natural decoration for feature films, for example: Lawrence of Arabia, Indiana Jones, Transformers, etc.

Tour Description

You start your journey into the world of the mysterious Wadi Rum desert in the afternoon, and this has its advantages. Without interruption from the marine procedures, you calmly set off on a journey that takes about 1-1.30 hours. This time flies instantly behind the interesting, fascinating stories of the guide. At the exit from the bus you find yourself in another world, which is one of the main attractions of Jordan. Upon arrival, you will be met by real Bedouins dressed in national clothes. They will ride you in jeeps. The first amazing and very famous place that you will definitely see is the mountains of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, which inspired Thomas Edward Lawrence to the memoirs of the same name. Traveling in jeeps, you will stop in the most extraordinary places with the opportunity to enjoy the unique beauty of landscapes, mysterious deafening silence, feel the real unity with nature, as well as the opportunity to take pictures 😉

There are many attractions in the national park that are worth seeing in person. These are breathtaking landscapes of changing shades from yellow to deep burgundy. The sun and wind, which influenced the local landscape for millennia, formed unique cliffs, arches, canyons. Everywhere in this unearthly landscape, traces of the human presence from ancient times are visible: the remains of wells, cave paintings of ancient peoples, which are almost three thousand years old. On the rocks and stones you can see the scratched names of ancient travelers. In biblical times Esau (the son of Isaac and the brother of Jacob) led their flocks to these lands. Nowadays, WadiRam is often used as a natural decoration for feature films, for example: Lawrence of Arabia, Indiana Jones, Transformers, etc.

Finishing a two-hour jeep ride, you set off to meet the sunset. In a beautiful, picturesque place you have the opportunity to watch how the sunset illuminates the desert with rays of saturated red, burgundy colors. It offers stunning views, here - an amazing sunset that fills the desert with unique beauty. Under the rays of the outgoing day, Wadi Rum is being transformed, being filled with new colors, incredibly pleasing to the eye and not leaving anyone indifferent. After sunset in the desert it quickly gets cold, which means that you better take with you not only a light summer uniform, but also very warm and comfortable, because in the evening you will definitely not be hot. The reason is the huge difference between daytime and evening temperatures. For example, if you visit Wadi Rum in July, then be prepared for 32 degrees in the afternoon, and 13 degrees in the evening and night.

After meeting an extraordinary sunset, you head to a comfortable Bedouin camp, where dinner awaits you. In addition to the buffet, you will be offered a traditional Bedouin dish of lamb meat and vegetables, which is called zarb. It is prepared in the desert in a specially dug pit, where a fire is made, and the pit itself is covered with metal sheet, then covered with a carpet and covered with hot desert sand. However, not only the method of preparing this dish is unusually spectacular and spectacular, its taste will also pleasantly surprise you. Tender mutton meat, which literally melts in your mouth, deliciously cooked vegetables will leave an unforgettable experience, and the taste and smell of this dish will be remembered for a long time.

After dinner, you can have a little fun and move around: the Bedouins have prepared a small entertainment program for you. And you can also just sit in a Bedouin campsite under a starry sky, enjoying the unforgettable feeling of freedom, satisfaction, tenderness and grandeur that the universe surrounding us gives.

Guaranteed Departure: Saturday, Monday.

Group excursion to Wadi Rum - Price - USD 40.00 per person, including:

Collection / departure from Tala Bay at 15:30, from the city of Aqaba at 13:55, return at 20:30.

Meeting in the lobby of your hotel.

Payment for our services is possible: in cash and cards (Visa / MasterCard) in our office - in Tala Bay Resort (block 11, office C12) or in the city center, near McDonald's - our other office is located 50m. from the restaurant Ali Baba. review. Contacts

Aqaba: Useful Information

MotorwayFrom Aqaba along highway number 80, then along the 47th (Desert Highway).

The Wadi Rum Desert (Valley of the Moon) - a national park, a popular natural attraction of Jordan, is located about 40-60 km from Aqaba and extends for almost 720 square meters. km

The picturesque desert is rocky (its main peak is Um al-Dami, 1830 m), it is replete with canyons and hills, sometimes it passes into the semi-desert zone with rare dry bushes. The terrain is characterized by temperature differences from +32 ° C during the day to +4 ° C at night.

Excursions (jeep safari tours) are often organized in the desert for tourists vacationing in Israel and Jordan who want to visit the legendary locations of the shooting of the classic film Lawrence of Arabia, the blockbusters Transformers and Martians and other Hollywood paintings. In the desert, you can capture magnificent rocky landscapes and cave paintings, ride on Arabian horses or go climbing.

Most excursions to Wadi Rum are from Aqaba or Eilat. Several tourist routes of various complexity and duration have been developed on the territory, a camping center (in Wadi Rum Village) has been created and operates.

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