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Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum October 17th 2016

After a rather uncomfortable night of sleep where I probably got no more than 4 hours of total sleep time, Kevin and I awoke and made our way over to a nearby rock to catch the sunrise. To our surprise, Sophie was already there with the same idea and the 3 of us enjoyed the peaceful calm of a desert sunrise. Today, we were to set out for a long day hike out into the Wadi Rum desert. We set out just after breakfast and already the morning had become quite warm. Heading out into the desert, it was pretty clear who would be leading the pack. Kevin, Ronan, Patrick, and myself lead the way while everyone else seemed to linger towards the back of the pack. This was one of the highlights for me during ... read more
Waiting For The Sunrise
Waiting For The Sunrise
Waiting For The Sunrise

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum October 16th 2016

After breakfast this morning, we all packed into our shuttle van for the 5 hour drive south to Wadi Rum. As we approached the outskirts of Amman, our guide Faisal gave us some background about himself and talked a little about Jordanian history and culture. Our destination today was the desert area of Wadi Rum and it's famous lunar landscape. Wadi Rum is best known as the setting for Lawrence of Arabia and most recently, was the filming site for Matt Damon's The Martian. First stop was at the Wadi Rum Visitor Center where we had just enough time to stretch our legs and have our first views of the amazing rock formations in the area most notably, the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Here, a few of the guys took the opportunity to purchase a red ... read more
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom Rock Formation
Wadi Rum Visitor's Center
Wadi Rum Visitor's Center

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum October 13th 2016

Today was a highlight for me: camel riding! We slept well in our tent in Wadi Rum and got up around 7, for breakfast at 7:30. Susan and I had a Turkish coffee with breakfast. I'm getting used to having several Turkish coffees a day! I left the tent for the bathroom last night around 11 or so and the campsite looked magical with the small lights around the tents and on the paths. The moon was super bright. We left the camp about 8:45 this morning, and got back into our jeeps for about a 15 min drive to where we met our camels. Everyone but Louise got on their camel for our 1 hour camel ride, though Jill didn't last long on her camel and was picked up by a jeep. The camel ride ... read more
Susan in front of our tent
Lori and Susan in front of our tent
Wearing Bedouin scarf

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum October 12th 2016

I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world. - Mary Anne Radmacher It was nice having a later morning than usual this morning, but we were woken up at around 4:30 by the very loud call to prayer. We had a leisurely breakfast in the hotel and then Susan and I went for a walk around the streets of Aqaba around our hotel. We found a liquor store that was open so we bought a small bottle of gin, a couple of cans of tonic, and a bottle of Arak (the brand name is Haddad!). Turns out the brand name Haddad is very common (arak, rum, wine, etc). We left the hotel about 10:30 for the drive to Wadi Rum. The scenery was lovely the whole way, ... read more
Haddad Rum too
View from our hotel room in Aqaba
On the road to Wadi Rum

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum January 7th 2016

Geo: 30.5852, 36.2384Today we headed into the desert for a night in a desert camp. This is a camp styled after a bedoiun camp. We were the only ones there which was nice. After lunch we did a 3 hour ride through the desert in the backs of pick up trucks outfitted with benches on either side of the truck bed. It was super fun going up, over and down the sand dunes. One truck got a flat tire so we had to wait for a replacement vehicle. What do you do in the desert with time on your hands? Make a human pyramid!!On our way again to two natural bridges hewn by nature. It was so like being in Utah and very fun to see the reactions of folks who have never seen anything like ... read more
Our desert camp
This is where dinner will be cooked
Our camp is surrounded by these rocks

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum December 12th 2015

We began our day driving north from Aqaba to the Wadi Rum desert in southern Jordan. Wadi Rum is one of the most famous deserts in the world, and has been said to have the most extraordinary desert scenery you'll ever see. It has been crisscrossed for centuries by traders and pilgrims coming from neighboring Saudi Arabia and Israel and has been home to the Bedouin people until this day. The Bedouin are a nomadic people than inhabit most of the Middle East. They spend their lives grazing their goats, sheep and camels throughout the desert moving places periodically depending on the seasons. The Bedouin are renowned for their hospitality, and live by the ethos that today you are a host but tomorrow you may be a guest so no traveler is turned away and you ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum September 29th 2015

29 septembre 2015 - Jour 6 Aujourd'hui notre programme est assez léger puisque nous ne devrions quitter l'hôtel qu'à 14h pour rejoindre notre prochain arrêt, le désert du Wadi Rum. Mais comme ce n'est pas dans nos habitudes de rester à ne rien faire, on cale encore une petite visite avant de partir et décidons d'aller voir Little Petra. Comme son nom l'indique c'est une cité construite dans le même style que Petra mais en plus petit. Dans les faits, les caravanes s'arrêtaient plutôt à Little Petra où elles étaient hébergées et logées et ne se rendaient à Petra que pour le commerce de marchandises. Pour s'y rendre, on traverse un village de bédouins, justement ce village que le gouvernement leur a offert pour qu'ils quittent les cavernes. Sur le site de Little Petra nous sommes ... read more
Little Petra
En Jeep
Lawrence d'Arabie

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum October 22nd 2014

Geo: 29.4898, 35.4364...and I'm pleased to say there was no internet access... phone access, yes...i can't get bars in my bedroom at home but in the desert, 350km from the nearest city, yet our camel herder kept getting incoming callswe had a perfect day yesterday... we went snorkeling in the Red Sea at Aqaba after breakfast - there was coral and colourful fishes! but with Israel on the other side of the river i didn't venture too far outthen after a long drive north-east into the desert and away from the only natural body of water, our air conditioned van dropped us off to a waiting 30 year old Toyota ute which herded us further into the desert.. we stopped at a couple of historical sites and drank tea with local bedouins (because they were the ... read more
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our camp
our 'tent'

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum March 29th 2014

Matt and I slept in a little and got a good breakfast at our hotel (Century Park). We were able to get on the road around 9am and headed south towards Wadi Rum. Yep. It was pretty much all desert on the way there - I drove the whole way and it was nice to have a road trip without too many crazies trying to kill me. We took the Desert Highway down, which was not in the best condition and had speedbumps that came seemingly out of nowhere. However, I became an expert in recognizing and expecting them - generally at the edges of town. Generally the ride was desert, but as you approach the Wadi Rum area, you come across a spectacular view of the valley below. We were a little lost when we ... read more
Wadi Rum
Bait Ali Camp
Choo-choo-train sign

Middle East » Jordan » South » Wadi Rum December 14th 2013

Hello my fellow travellers! Today's great desert adventure is done and let me tell you, it was good! The cold front still holds its icy grip here though so I can promise you that it was very cold riding on top of a jeep, even when driving through the canyons at a leisure pace! Anyway, we started this day by trying out the breakfast buffet at the hotel, it didn't really float mine nor Marcus boat so to say but did it's job anyway. Then we went to the bus station to catch the bus to Wadi Rum. We had checked the day before and we also confirmed at the station house that the bus would go. When we got there a cab driver told us it wasn't coming though since it was a holiday and ... read more
Jumping Sand Dunes
Wadi Rum
Our Guide & Ride




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