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Fast Facts

  • Location: Located in southwestern part of Jordan, 58 km north of Aqaba, 120 km south of Petra, and 320 km southwest of Amman.
  • Attraction Type: Desert.
  • Significance: An amazing desert with some awesome desertscape, desert life and Bedouin culture.
  • Best time to Visit: Spring and Autumn.
  • Visiting Hours: During day time.
  • How to Reach: Easiest is to reach Aqaba by air. Flights are available from Amman regularly. You can also reach Wadi Rum by road from Aqaba (1 hour), Petra (1.5 hours) and Amman (3.5 hours).
  • Nearest Airport: King Hussein International Airport or Aqaba Airport (AQJ).

A journey that would take you to a different world, an experience that could make you a different individual and a memory that would last for ever — Wadi Rum is truly an attraction that makes you astonished with its glory. A vast, quiet, timeless and utter beauty, Wadi Rum can simply take your breath away through its awesome desertscape, desert life and Bedouin culture.

Located in southwestern part of Jordan, 58 km north of Aqaba, 120 km south of Petra, and 320 km southwest of Amman, Wadi Rum actually a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock. The unique shaped huge mountains of sandstone and granite rising vertically out of the pink desert, towering cliffs of weathered stone, narrow canyons, the faces of the sheer rock and several conceal ancient rock drawings have tremendously enhanced the appeal of the place to the travelers throughout the world. Wadi Rum is certainly one of the greatest attractions in Jordan and a place that you can't afford to miss it.

Things to Do

There are several ways one can explore Wadi Rum which include jeep, camel and hiking tours. As Wadi Rum is the home to Bedouin tribes who still live here in their large goat-hair tents, it would be an amazing experience for any travelers to spend a night in Bedouin tent and have a first-hand experience of their lifestyle.

There are many attractions in Wadi Rum that you should pay a visit. The sites of interest include Lawrence's Spring, Khazali Canyon, Burrah Canyon, Sunset Sites, Sand Dunes, Rock Bridge, Alameleh Inscriptions, the famous Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Siq Um Tawaqi, Al Ghuroub, Anfashieh Inscriptions, Nabatean Temple etc.

Jeep Tours:

This is the quickest way to explore Wadi Rum. And there are several package tours for exploring Wadi Rum that last from 2 hours to full day. All the tours start from the visitor centre, located opposite to the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Private 4 í— 4 jeeps are used for the tours.

Camel Rides:

These are unique and quite popular in Wadi Rum. You can again choose from different tour packages that last from 1 hour to full day.

Hiking:

Those who love adventure can go for hiking throughout the protected area. But maps and details of the area are a bit difficult to find. It is better to hire a Bedouin guide.

Entry Fees:

International Visitors: 2 Jordanian Dinars
Jordanians: 1 Jordanian Dinar
Jordanian Students: 0.5 Jordanian Dinar
Children under 12 years: Free Accommodation

There is no hotel in the immediate vicinity of Wadi Rum. The nearest places where you can find some hotels are Aqaba and Petra. However you have two options of accommodation in Wadi Rum — Camping and Bed & Breakfast.

Camping is an amazing option as you will have an unforgettable experience in spending your night in the mountainous desert inside the tent.


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