Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum (Arabic: Sand Valley), also known as The Valley of the Moon, is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan. Lonely Planet sums the experience accurately:
"Wadi Rum is everything you’d expect of a quintessential desert: it is extreme in summer heat and winter cold; it is violent and moody as the sun slices through chiseled siqs (canyons) at dawn or melts the division between rock and sand at dusk; it is exacting on the Bedouin who live in it and vengeful on those who ignore its dangers. For most visitors, on half- or full-day trips from Aqaba or Petra, Wadi Rum offers one of the easiest and safest glimpses of the desert in the region. For the lucky few who can afford a day or two in their itinerary to sleep over at one of the desert camps, it can be an unforgettable way of stripping the soul back to basics."
Here's a look back on our awe-inspiring day in the beautiful red-sand desert, more informational info and links below:
We've had the pleasure to visit Wadi Rum, just for half a day, and we can't wait to be back for longer. You can explore the wadi in several ways: by jeep, by camel, by horse or on foot. If you want more challenging pursuits like climbing and trekking, you can have that too, as well as yoga retreats and laid back days of desert appreciation. You can find more information on the Wadi Rum Official Website.
Enjoy! (& don't forget sunscreen)