“The Valley of the Moon”, depicted as Mars in several Hollywood feature films Wadi Rum is an Arabian fairy-tale waiting to be discovered. Home to nomadic Bedouin tribes, Wadi Rum is a a quiet getaway of stars, sand, and sun; a perfect complement from Amman’s epicenter. Once inhabited by the Nabataeans of prehistoric times, Wadi Rum allows you to get lost in large landscapes and horizon lines. The calmness of the desert is sure calm your spirit and de-clutter your thoughts. Wadi Rum is waiting for you.
ACTIVITIES IN WADI RUM
HOT AIR BALLOON
Be awe-struck at the beauty of Wadi Rum from 2,000ft above the the earth’s surface. Located in the Disi area of Wadi Rum, you can take a journey off the beaten path as you get a breathtaking aerial view of “The Valley of the Moon”.
Return to the roots of aviation with this small and versatile aircraft. Fly above the beautiful rock formations of Wadi Rum in an open aircraft with an experienced pilot.
The Bedouin people are very friendly to their camels and horses, many even consider them to be extended family. Similar to the likes of Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade, you can glide between the mountain valleys on an equestrian excursion from Wadi Rum to Aqaba; this is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience. Schedule your horseback-riding tour online today
Prepare for a lively 4x4 tour that will have you traversing sand dunes and breathing in the desert winds at high speeds, as you gasp at Wadi Rums amazing rock formations.
TRAIN OF JORDAN HERITAGE REVIVAL COMPANY
Transport yourself to a time of colonial expansion. Sit in a refurbished locomotive from the early 20th century that connected the Ottoman Empire with the sands of the Middle East. Relive the spirit of a century old conflict as you take a historic 14km ride on the Hijazi train tracks.
HIDDEN GEMS OF THE NABATAEAN KINGDOM
The Nabataeans, an ancient Arab Nomadic tribe responsible for the architectural marvels in Petra left their mark in the desert of Wadi Rum as well. You can find remains of temples and water systems in key areas in the Rum Desert in addition to carvings and locations markers used by the ancient traders.
RUM SKY ADVENTURES
Now it is time for you to enjoy the beautiful night skies.
Located in one of the most beautiful parts of Jordan, RumSky allows visitors to enjoy the starry nights of Wadi Rum.
The guided tour program allows you to learn more about the Universe we live in. Living in lively cities makes it more difficult to witness the magnificence of the skies and heavens. Through the innovation of science, you will be able to get a little closer to the hidden wonders of the Universe. Stars, planets, nebulae, all are within your reach. The activity is three folds: A brief presentation on astronomy, seeing through the largest telescopes in Jordan and naked eye laser aided skygazing show. All guided by professional astronomers.
PETRA TO WADI RUM
Petra to Wadi Rum; Connecting the two legendary sites of Petra and Wadi Rum is a week-long trek across one of the longest stretches of wilderness on the Jordan Trail. Here in the empty but striking desert, with its dramatic rock formations, stargazing and peace are found at their best. Starting with deep, rugged wadis and moving into open, sandy plains, this section of the trail takes you deep into the places where humans seldom go. Finishing at Wadi Rum village offers a taste of Bedouin life after the remoteness of this section.
Total Length: 125.4 KM
Days: 6 Hiking days
Main sites in the region:
-Jabal Haroun (mountaintop burial place of Aaron, off-route)
-Humeima, ancient and Umayyad ruins
-Sandstone mountain “islands” in a sea of sand
-Wadi Rum, Jabal Rum, and Jabal Um Ishrin
WADI RUM TO AQABA
Wadi Rum to Aqaba; Leaving Wadi Rum village behind you, the trail passes beneath the towering cliffs of Jabal Rum and Jabal Um Ishrin through the iconic landscape of Wadi Rum – vast, echoing and godlike wrote T.E. Lawrence. Continuing through the magnificent desert landscape, the trail passes the cliffs of Jabal Khazali, Jabal Qattar and weaves between the unique and colorful backdrops of Wadi Rum’s sandstone desert mountains. The trail here follows old shepherd paths, winding its way west across desert wadis and over granite mountains striated with basalt dyke intrusions. At the last pass, the first view of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba, beyond which lie the mountains of Sinai. The final destination is the warm waters of the Red Sea and the port of Aqaba.
Total Length: 75.9 KM
Days: 5 Hiking days
Main sites in the region:
-Wadi Rum (World Heritage site)
-Wadi Rum Bedouin village
-Lawrence’s Spring (Ain Shellaleh) and the Nabataean Temple
-Dramatic desert scenery – sandstone domes and granite and basalt striated mountains,
changing color constantly throughout the day
-Village of Titen
-Aqaba (Red Sea)