Knowing a desert goes far beyond seeing a beautiful landscape. As you know, Paulo and I had an incredible experience of the Wadi Rum desert, in Jordan, but because we have little time to explore the region we miss many other points – which is why I decided to make a more detailed post about the Wadi Rum 😉
First of all, for those who want to go to the desert, we recommend that they spend at least one night in a Bedouin tent. The experience of sleeping in a place like this and being able to watch the sun rise is indescribable. In addition, having a closer contact with the Bedouins (Arab nomads living in the desert) helps a lot to understand more about the culture and the region.
However, if you don’t have a lot of time or prefer to stay in hotels, there are several companies that seek tourists in Petra or Aqaba – in fact, don’t even think about visiting the desert alone, the presence of a guide is essential. For those who choose this route, prefer a tour that ends only after sunset, because there is nothing more beautiful than seeing the sky all starred in the desert.
Photo – iStock / cinoby
For shorter walks, from the tents to the visitor center, for example, it is possible to make the journey by walking on a dromedary. For longer hikes and visits to observation points, the best option is to go with a 4 × 4 car, but don’t worry as all local guides offer this option.
We highly recommend the Bedouins who helped us on the tour and hosted us in the tents. Follow the contacts: Hasan: 0799289402 / Ali: 0772386420 / Mohammed: 07723220010 / E-mail: [email protected] In addition to help in the desert, we also went to Petra with them 😉
With the guides and the starting point already defined, it is easier to select what to know in Wadi Rum. Most of the points are already part of the guides’ guide, but it is always good to point out some that are very worthwhile:
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Photo – Travel Blog
A mountain range near the Wadi Rum visitor center is one of the most famous places in the desert. The place got its name after the launch of TE Lawrence’s book.
Khazali Siq / Canyon
Photo – TravelPod
Upon entering the cracks in the middle of Jebel Khazali, one of the best known mountains of Wadi Rum, you will find several cave paintings and petroglyphs. In addition to the Bedouins, several other peoples left their marks on the rocks – in a walk of 150 meters it is already possible to find the drawings and scriptures in stone.
Picture – Summit Post
The Burdah Rock bridge is the highest bridge in Wadi Rum. This stone arch, 80 meters high, connects two mountains and the view is beautiful. Watching the sunrise here was one of the things I most wanted in Wadi Rum, but as the place is far away and we didn’t have much time, we let it pass.
If you go with more time, be sure to visit!
Photo – Love the Sepics
Ruins of an ancient Nabatean temple (Arab nomads who lived in the region) are still standing in the middle of the Wadi Rum desert. Much of the temple was lost over 2,000 years, but it was in 1995 that an earthquake caused the most damage. Despite having better preserved ruins in Petra, the visit is worth it!
Dunes of Al-Hasany
Picture – Yaytrip
The dunes are relatively close to the visitor center and, besides being beautiful, it is possible to practice sandboarding in the region.
Picture – Gezim
In a free translation, the “mushroom stone” is also a common observation point in jeep tours.
Siq Umm Tawaqi
Photo – Guide
In addition to some trees that seem to grow in the midst of rocks and mountains, here there are also some faces of great figures of the Arab Revolt of 1916 carved in stone – the most famous is TE Lawrence (photo).
For those who still don’t know, I made a script on My Maps through the points we passed in Jordan. To access just click here!