A trip to Jordan demands that you be fully prepared to experience a cinematic landscape, be romantic enough to watch the beautiful sunsets, be open to a whole new culture full of very authentic hospitality, be ready to feel the oriental flavors and sounds that come to you travel back in time and keep your heart open to be filled with many memories in such an amazing country!
This destination has been on my list for ... forever.
Wadi rum is about 60 miles east of Aqaba and less than 2 hours from Petra by car. The name "Wadi" means valley while "rum" means high; a high valley. Wadi Rum housed various civilizations in ancient times as well as the British officer Laurence of Arabia who lived there during the Arab revolt of 1917 - 1918. Long ago, the Nabataeans inhabited this desert, leaving their scars everywhere; in many temples, in different inscriptions and carved stones. Khazali Canyon is, however, the most well-known sculpted place of the Nabataeans as well as the lost city of Petra, considered the Nabataean kingdom.
Wadi Rum turned out to be the “star” of my trip to Jordan.
It is a well protected desert in the southern part of Jordan which is also named as "The valley of the moon" because of its hills of red and pink sand as well as primitive rocks which literally transform the place into a postcard landscape!
Wadi Rum is exactly what you think of a desert: extremely hot temperatures in summer and extremely low temperatures in winter. It is a very hospitable desert for the Bedouins who live there and a real challenge for those who visit it.
It was early in the afternoon when I arrived Wadi rum, enjoying an ATV safari with a local Bedouin driver who, of course, knew the area. The camp which was right where Lawrence of Arabia lived was one of the most interesting stops we made.
I had the chance to enjoy the most hospitable tea-time of my entire trip there! Literally like a local!
Wadi rum is famous for its beautiful sunsets, in a landscape surrounded by mountains and rocks which are magnificent from every point of view, creating one of the best photographic landscapes I have ever seen! The feeling was just epic!
I spent the night in an incredible luxury camp, the Sun City Camp and I had the best wake-up call! In the morning I was riding a camel in the company of a Bedouin and I finally enjoyed the sunrise from the beautiful valley!
This trip was organized in cooperation with Ryanair, which has a twice weekly flight from Athens to Aqaba as well as the Jordan Tourism Board. I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart our guide Issa and our driver Fatem for the unique moments we shared! All opinions are my own, as always.
Translation: Adrianna Argyropoulou
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