5 reasons to visit Wadi Rum – A Unesco World Heritage Site in Jordan

Wadi rum is the Second most famous tourist place in Jordan after Petra. Post Petra, We headed to Wadi Rum , A Unesco world heritage site in Jordan. We found wadi rum a unique experience. I would recommend not to miss this place when you are in Jordan. Wadi Rum is about a four-hour drive south of Amman on the Desert Highway, and one hour north of Aqaba. Buses travel from Amman, Aqaba, and Petra.

Here are my 5 reasons to visit this beautiful place 🙂

It is the Largest wadi in Jordan. The Sceneries are exceptional

Visiting Wadi Rum is a voyage through the geological evolution of Earth, and many of these topographical features are older than the Dead Sea Rift that forms the western border of Jordan. Massive mesas pop straight up from the sea of sand, the result of primordial tectonic movement that cleaved the bedrock with almost cubic perfection before raising it high above the desert floor. Blowing sand and winter floods smoothed the valleys and gorges, shaping the sandstone into natural towers and curving arches. Harder, older granite forms the substrate of Wadi Rum and is visible among the base strata of the higher mountains.



There is lot of history to know about Wadi Rum

Jordan’s red-rock wilderness is an extraordinary patch of desert biome. Stone Age petroglyphs and a continuing nomadic presence offer a rare window into humanity’s earliest beginnings. Wadi Rum (Valley of the Moon) lies in the far south of Jordan, set on a high plateau at the western edge of the Arabian desert. Gargantuan rock formations, rippled sand dunes, and clear night skies create an almost fairy-tale setting across an unpopulated area the size of New York City. This is truly the “reddest” part of Jordan, colored by iron oxide, and by far the most dramatic in terms of landscape.

Over 20,000 petroglyphs and 20,000 inscriptions have been documented inside Wadi Rum, tracing human existence back some 12,000 years in this spot. Even today, some nomadic Bedouin make their home here, along one of the migratory courses modern humans took out of Africa, providing a living portrait of our human origins.


It was featured in few Hollywood movies

The 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia introduced the beauty of Wadi Rum to the rest of the world, attracting a steady wave of tourists and a growing number of film crews. The 2015 film The Martian was filmed here, with Wadi Rum standing in as the red planet. The area is second only to Petra as the main attraction in Jordan. With less than three days of rain a year, Wadi Rum has become the ultimate Middle Eastern destination for hikers, climbers, campers, and nature lovers.


Wadi Rum Desert Camping is a unique experience

Wadi rum desert camping is a unique experience. It starts by taking you to one of the Bedouin’s camp from the desert where lot of people will gather. The ambiance will be electric as the place will be filled with music and decorated with lights. Shisha’s will be available if you are interested which will be followed by dinner at the end.  If you have any plans of staying in the camp , it is possible. If you visit wadi rum during the winter, then think twice before you plan to stay in the camp as it gets extremely cold in the desert.


Even though it’s a tourist place , it is less crowded

Yes, you might be surprised to know that wadi rum is a little less crowded compared to Petra. A peaceful tour is definitely promised when you visit wadi rum.


How to Visit
Half-day jeep tours can give you a taste of Wadi Rum, but for a richer experience, hike in the sand and camp under the stars with the Bedouin who call this place home. Local guides can be hired in the village and will provide all the necessary gear, food, and transportation. Multiday treks mimic the ancient caravan tradition and are well worth the time.
When to Visit
As an extreme desert, Wadi Rum can shift wildly from unbearable heat to below freezing in just a few hours. The warmest season lasts from April until September, while January is the coldest month, with average daytime temperatures reaching 65ºF. Most rain occurs in September; beware of flash floods.

It was a time well spent in the Wadi Rum 🙂 . A unique experience it was 🙂

I hope these photos will make you visit Jordan whenever you plan your next travel. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here.


1.If you are planning to explore Jordan completely , better to opt for a Jordan Pass from this link https://www.jordanpass.jo/ instead of getting the visa from embassy or On-Arrival. If you have a Jordan Pass , it acts like a visa and if you visit all historical places with Jordan pass , you can save up to 40 USD per person.
2. If you want to explore amman’s historical sites, better to book accommodation near to the downtown.
3.JD – Jordanian Dinar , USD – United States Dollars
4.Never miss to visit the Hashem restuarant which is one of the oldest and pretty famous in Jordan.
5.You can use Uber for transportation in Amman which is less expensive compared to normal taxi’s.
6.It’s best to start your trip in Amman where the international airport is based as well as the majority of tour agencies and transport links.
7.Entry fees to Wadi rum is 5 JD per person. It is covered under Jordan Pass

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