Wadi Rum (وادي رم‎) or The Valley of the Moon (وادي القمر‎)

Wadi Rum




Location: 60 km East of Aqaba Map

Area: 75,000 ha


Description of Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum or The Valley of the Moon is located 60 km East of Aqaba in Jordan. It is famous for alien landscapes and ancient rock art that was left thousands of years ago by generations of people who either lived here or passed the moon like surface of Wadi Rum. Red sands of Wadi Rum is the area of local Bedouins. They also take tourists around the region on guided tours on cars, foot and even camels, probably the smelliest animal in the World. High cliffs that define this foreign picturesque landscape rise to a height of over 1700 meters above the floor of the desert. Tourists who have  enough expertise and ropes often use their visit to Wadi Rum as a chance to climb these peaks.


Most of Jordan Bedouins have left their traditional way of life and moved to the cities, but those who live in these deserts still live in splendid tents and warm themselves with fire. Bedouins often greet their visitors with a cup of a very strong coffee. Most of the year Wadi Rum is a seemingly lifeless waster land, however in the spring months when rains come to these lands Wadi Rum turns into a carpet of numerous plants. The desert comes to life with flowers, grasses and birds. You can ask your guide to show you hidden petroglyphs of prehistoric settlers that first passed through these lands.


Visiting Wadi Rum

You can visit Wadi Rum as part of the larger exploration of historical Petra and Aqaba. This magnificent desert is situated 3.5- 5 hours of bus ride from Amman and about one hour from Petra. Busses often take visitors from this archaeological site to Wadi Rum on a small bus.


There are many ways to explore the desert of Wadi Rum. You can rent a jeep with a driver guide to visit the main destinations on the territory of the desert. Another way to reach interesting sites is by taking a camel. It is a gracious and calm animal, but it is also probably one of the smelliest animals on the planet. If you get a chance you can buy night at the local Bedouin tent under the stars. You can also try their local cuisine. Don't even ask what is the source of the meat. You probably don't want to know. Another way to explore Wadi Rum desert is by taking a balloon. It is certainly the best way to appreciate this majestic landscape.


Seven Pillars Wadi Rum


Location: near Aqaba

Seven Pillars in Wadi Rum desert is a natural formation of seven cliffs that gave its name. It is located in the western regions of Wadi Rum desert near a town of Aqaba. This geologic site reaches a height of 70 meters. In 1980 Seven Pillars were renamed to the "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" in honor of the eponymous book by Lawrence, written during the war. Unique shape of the Seven Pillars drew special attention by the prehistoric people that passed through the region. They left numerous rock paintings and carvings at the base of its walls.


Humans first settled the lands of Wadi Rum desert. In addition to ceramic pieces and other personal items, you can see Petroglyphs and various inscriptions in various languages spread throughout a region. Some of these carvings include simple abstract shapes, while others depict complex hunting and religious scenes.


Burdah Bridge in Wadi Rum

Burdah Bridge is a natural geological formation at the top of Burdah Bridge in Wadi Rum desert. It was produced by natural erosion of wind and water flows. The arch that formed after softer layers were cleared measure 35 meters in height. It takes about an hour of strenuous hiking to get to the Burdah Bridge so it requires significant degree of stamina and strength. However once you get here, you won't regret. It offers some of the most picturesque views of the Wadi Rum desert below.