Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum (Valley of the Moon) is located at the far south of Jordan, positioned on a high hill at the western verge of the Arabian Desert. The village of Rum lay above sea level, surrounded by Jordan’s highest spot, Jabal Umm ad Dami and other famous climbs, like the monolithic summit of Jabal Ramm and the pillared significance of Jabal Qatar. Also known as ‘The Valley of the Moon’, this is the place where Prince Faisal Bin Hussein and T.E. Lawrence based their headquarters during the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans in World War I, their exploits intrinsically woven into the history of this amazing area. Wadi Rum (Valley of the Moon) is located at the far south of Jordan, positioned on a high hill at the western verge of the Arabian Desert. The village of Rum lay above sea level, surrounded by Jordan’s highest spot, Jabal Umm ad Dami and other famous climbs, like the monolithic summit of Jabal Ramm and the pillared significance of Jabal Qatar. Also known as ‘The Valley of the Moon’, this is the place where Prince Faisal Bin Hussein and T.E. Lawrence based their headquarters during the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans in World War I, their exploits intrinsically woven into the history of this amazing area.

Wadi Rum is a fairy-tale village due to its gargantuan rock structures, rippled sand dunes, and clear night skies where all the stars are visible. Colored by iron oxide, Wadi Rum is the reddest region of Jordan and the most primitive in terms of landscape. Wadi Rum is a stupendous, timeless place, virtually untouched by humanity and its destructive forces. The weather and winds have carved the imposing skyscrapers, elegantly described by T.E. Lawrence as “vast, echoing and God-like..."

A maze of monolithic rocks capes rises up from the desert floor to heights of 1,750m creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers can enjoy the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces and explore the canyons and water holes to discover 4000-year-old rock drawings and the many other spectacular treasures this vast wilderness holds in store.

Besides breathtaking landscape, Wadi Rum also consists spectacular cultural illustrations. 25,000 petroglyphs (rock carvings), 20,000 inscriptions, and 154 archaeological sites have been found in Wadi Rum, featuring the evolution of human intellect and the early use of the alphabet. The several inscriptions are found in four different scripts, Thamudic, Nabataean, Islamic and Arabic. This proves the extended literacy among the Arabian Peninsula.

The 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia featured the magic of Wadi Rum to the whole world, attracting constant regiments of tourists and an increasing number of further film crews. During 2015, The Martian the movie was filmed in this beautiful village. The stunning village is the second important attraction in Jordan following Petra. With only less than three rainy days a year, Wadi Rum has become the favorite spot for campers, hikers, climbers, and nature lovers. Wadi Rum is mainly famous for its fascinating high mountains and pink-sand desert. Wadi Rum is as famous as Petra, and it is considered as one of the world’s seven wonders. It is one of the most important tourists’ attractions in Jordan and worldwide, especially for those who are interested in nature and they feel provoked by being immersed in this beautiful nature.

Memphis Tours offers unique and breathtaking tours to experience the Wadi Rum desert in our Jordan travel packages. To see Wadi Rum, you definitely need a 4x4. If you do not want to get lost, you also need a guide. Memphis Tours can arrange all Jordan Tours for you. Memphis Tours provides a vast range of guided outdoor adventure tours in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan tours packages and Jordan and Egypt combined travel packages. With our guides, you will reach fascinating spots and the amazing natural landscapes will stay in your memory for the rest of your life

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