Wadi Rum

While Petra is obviously the main attraction in Jordan, to skip the wonderful Wadi Rum desert would be a travesty!! This beautiful region is amazing to experience, especially in today’s hectic modern world. During the day Wadi Rum dazzles with it’s beauty, it’s history and it’s landscapes. For me though, the magic happens at night. After a glorious feast from the “zarb” (an underground contraption that cooks the meat and vegetables) we then sat around the campfire, drinking mint and sage tea, and watching the shooting stars in the sky. The sky here is so free of pollution that it is easy to see the stars. With no internet either it was a chance to just sit and chat with fellow travellers, listening to people’s lives and stories. In the morning, before anyone else was awake, I tiptoed out of the tent and sat waiting for the morning glow to begin. A cat had the same idea! lol. From the chill of early morning (the desert does get cold overnight) as the sun began to rise so did the heat. By 9am it was already promising to be another scorcher of a day. The desert is wonderful and I loved it!

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11 Responses to Wadi Rum

  1. Bama says:

    What a coincidence as today I’m starting to write my post on Wadi Rum (which I think will be published next month). My friend and I stayed for two nights, and while the weather was nice, we were there during full moon. Although we could see the stars, but the moon was so bright it wasn’t until early in the morning (around 4am when the moon had already gone behind a mountain) that we were able to see some constellations in the sky. It really was a magical place, although I wasn’t too fond of the scorching heat.

    • Anna says:

      Ahhh very cool! I’m sure your post will be more detailed than mine since I’m so lazy! The heat didn’t bother me so much, I’m used to the same type of heat I guess. A shame you had full moon, I mean, I’m sure that was a unique experience, but yes, being able to see 5 shooting stars in one night was cool! I look forward to your post! X

  2. thebeerwanderer says:

    Sounds fantastic, Anna.

  3. awtytravels says:

    Ah, Wadi Rum. One of those places I almost almost went to. In the sense that I bought a ticket, then had to give it a miss due to a change in jobs. I’ve got a bookmark of a company doing treks there. I want to go, to do that shoulder shuffle like Matt Damon in the Martian when he listens to “Hot Stuff” (filmed down there)…

    • Anna says:

      Hahaha I remember that in the movie. I would like to go back and explore more… A two hour jeep tour and night in the camp didn’t feel enough. There are so many features in the desert to explore that I missed, like arches etc. A trek through wadi rum would be amazing!

  4. Great post and awesome photos — thanks for sharing!

  5. barbaraelart says:

    Great post! Petra is more well-known, so it is good to hear also about some other destinations. And the sunrise with the cat! I am wondering about those tiny drawings on the rock, do you know more about them?

    • Anna says:

      The drawings were made hundreds of years ago by the Nabatean traders who were coming overland from Saudi Arabia apparently. There is alot of this sort of rock art everywhere around the deserts of Jordan!
      Thanks for visiting!

  6. Toonsarah says:

    Although we visited Wadi Rum it was just for a few hours – I so wish we’d had the chance to stay overnight as you did! I’ve loved doing so in other deserts we’ve been to, and I know it would be a wonderful experience here too 🙂 I love your photos, especially with the cat! Thanks for transporting me to the desert on a chilly London afternoon 🙂

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