Would many people know about Wadi Rum if it wasn’t for Lawrence of Arabia…the man and the movie!
I’m sure we would…stunning landscapes do not stay hidden for long!
This amazing area of Jordan, about 3.5 hours from Amman looks like a moonscape. Sandstone walls and endless sand dunes create a magnificent picture. The further you go onto it, the more beautiful it becomes. Wadi Rum was declared a protected area in 1998. The bedouins who live here were, until recently, nomadic but today they have branched into eco tourism and offer tours to see the desert.
There are many ways to see Wadi Rum….. by jeep, on the back of a camel, on horseback, hiking, rock climbing or by hot air balloon.
This is how we saw Wadi Rum.
By hot air balloon….
This was my first balloon ride, so the excitement was palpable. Watching the sunrise as we drifted in silence over the amazing desert landscape…..it was all I hoped for and more. All I can say is… do it!!
Exciting, exhilarating, fun …flying over the dunes was a fabulous way to see Wadi Rum. The drive was longer so we were able to see a lot more of the area and had some fabulous experiences climbing rock formations, visiting a bedouin camp, running down sand hills and have tea in the desert as the sun set!
To experience the beauty of Wadi Rum, spend a night or two and see this stunning land by as many ways as you can!
We stayed at the Captains Desert Camp who can arranged these tours for you.
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