Wadi Rum

“Lawrence of Arabia’s” desert; and also known as “The Valley of the Moon”. This huge, hauntingly-beautiful desert is the largest ‘wadi’ (valley) in Jordan, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is about 1 ½ hours drive south-east of Petra (and a short drive east of Aqaba,) and is a site well worth including in any travel itinerary to Jordan. In fact it is a ‘must-see’ according to INSIDER‘S PETRA. In this desert (still inhabited by local Bedouin and where you can still see the traditional black goat-hair tents), many of the historical events of the 1917-1918 ‘Arab Revolt’ (led by the British officer, T.E. Lawrence) took place. These events were memorialized in the 1962 Academy-Award winning film, ”Lawrence of Arabia ” (directed by David Lean, starring Peter O’Toole, Anthony Quinn, Omar Shariff). Wadi Rum has been inhabited by humans since prehistoric times and there are still petroglyphs etched into cave walls dating to the Thamudic period.
Adventure-seekers also love this area, and it is perfect for camel-trekking, riding Arab horses, hiking and rock-climbing. There are several camps in this area that feature rustic overnight stays; but Wadi Rum is also very easy to see in a one-day trip from Petra or Aqaba.
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