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Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum Village, Jordan

Camel Ride Spots
2-5 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks

About Wadi Rum

Known also as the Valley of the Moon, Wadi Rum is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan. It is one of the most popular attractions in Jordan, with deserts and mountains and rock formations. Wadi Rum has been inhabited by many human cultures since prehistoric times, with many cultures–including the Nabataeans–leaving their mark in the form of rock paintings, graffiti, and temples.

Attractions near Wadi Rum

Aqaba Castle39.29km from Wadi Rum

Originally built by Crusaders in the 12th century. It was the location to the victory of the Arab Revolt, when this heavily defended Turkish stronghold fell to an Arab camel charge. Lawrence of Arabia rode triumphantly from here to Cairo to report the good news to General Allenby.

Aqaba church39.53km from Wadi Rum

Historic 3rd-century church, considered to be the world's oldest-known purpose-built Christian church. Its first phase was dated between 293 and 303, which makes it older than the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, both of which were built in the late 320s.

Supposed burial place of Aaron, the brother of Moses. Although in Jewish tradition, the location of Aaron's grave, like that of Moses, is shrouded in mystery, the Islamic tradition places it on Mount Hor, near Petra in Jordan.

Petra88.33km from Wadi Rum

The ancient city of Petra, carved on to the mountains of Jabal Al-Madbah. Petra is believed to have been settled as early as 9,000 BC, and it was possibly established in the 4th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataean Kingdom.

Little Petra93.55km from Wadi Rum

A much smaller version of the grand Petra, consisting of three wider open areas connected by a 450-metre (1,480 ft) canyon. Like Petra, it is a Nabataean site, with buildings carved into the walls of the sandstone canyons. While the purpose of some of the buildings is not clear, archaeologists believe that the whole complex was a suburb of Petra, the Nabatean capital, meant to house visiting traders on the Silk Road.

Shobak Castle - Montreal111.8km from Wadi Rum

A crusader castle perched on the side of a rocky, conical mountain. It was built in 1115 by Baldwin I of Jerusalem during his expedition to the area where he captured Aqaba on the Red Sea in 1116. The castle was strategically important as it dominated the main passage from Egypt to Syria. This allowed who ever to hold the castle to tax not only traders, both those who were on pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina.

Where is Wadi Rum

Discover more attractions in Aqaba Governorate, where Wadi Rum is located

Aqaba Governorate3 attractions

The governorate's population depends heavily on tourism as a major source of income. The port of Aqaba is the only sea port for Jordan. Almost all of Jordan's foreign trade comes through Aqaba.

What visitors say about Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum is desert of mountains. The place is literally filled with thousands of tall, vast mountains and looks more like that of a scene from Mars and not earth.

This is a protected area and home to the Bedouin tribes. You can visit the place and stay in camps of the tribes. The booking is available through or through any other hotel booking sites. In addition to the stay, many other activities such as rock climbing, hiking, camel and horse riding, vehicle safari etc can be done here. We did the safari and the guide took us through many features of the desert such as the sand dunes, arch's, sunset points, white and red sand deserts, gorges and so on.

This place is synonym with Lawrence of Arabia as he wandered through here. We saw the house in which he stayed during his time here, and the spring from which he used to take water.

Wadi Rum, millions of years ago was under sea. The signs of it still can be seen on the tall mountains here- the top portion of them are white while the majority of the bottom are red. And as the place was once a sea, there are white sands making white coloured desert and then there is red desert due to the sand originated from the mountains getting  deposited at its bottom overtime.

And be prepared for extreme cold. There will be super shiny sun throughout the day but still will be very cold at the shadowy places. At night, the temperature goes very down so be prepared for that too. And like all the other deserts, the sky is super clear with so many stars at night and you will still be able to see most of the desert in moonlight.