JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM

JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
JORDAN 2016 // WADI RUM.
Why is everyone so interested in Wadi Rum? And how much can you really do in the middle of the desert? We had to see for ourselves. So we booked a 1 day excursion (finding it hard to justify to stay any longer as we are not hardcore adventure travelers) and hopped on a 4 hour monotonous bus ride from Petra to Wadi Rum. Once there, it was straight into the bed of a truck, straight into adventure, straight into Bedouin country. And right away it was clear why Wadi Rum is so, so popular.

The dramatic landscape.

It's quite cinematic with the red hues and irregular rock formations. You never know what desert scene is coming up, every turn equally surprising and different from the last. The random pack of rogue camels seems to complete the fascination. In between traversing the desert, we occasionally stopped to hike through canyons that are lush and green. We even "snowboarded" down a sand dune and lunched in the shade of a mountain.

But at night was when all the magical things happened. The faint silhouette of the majestic mountains against the dark sky, sounds of night creatures in the far distance, the subtle glow of the moon bathing everything below. All this just immediately outside our tent. Enveloping us in the middle of nowhere. Perfect spot for stargazing. Unfortunately I passed out right after the traditional Bedouin dinner.

In the wee hours of the morning I could hear Vince troddling about outside our tent. For quite awhiles, it seems. Finally, he awakes me with a giddiness in his voice, "Babe! Wake up! You have to see the stars! You can actually see the Milky Way!" I threw the blanket over my shoulders and scurried outside, where he shows me a faint strip of an intergalactic dust cloud.

Ok. Not as colorful and dramatic as the galaxy dust clouds I've seen in Lake Titicaca of Peru, but I can still appreciate the night sky here. At this hour - 4:30ish? 5ish? - the moon has already descended, the sky lit up with at least a billion twinkling bright stars. As far as the eye could see. Quite dreamy stuff.

Was it worth coming out to Wadi Rum? Oh, heck yes. Undoubtedly. But a full day of the basic package was enough for us. We've actually met a girl in our Amman hostel who's done a horsebacking tour for a week in Wadi Rum. A week! Wow. Just goes to show they cater to anyone! There are even niche tour packages for mountain climbers and hikers. So whatever your heart desires, they got it. You'll leave satisfied, no matter what.

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When: April 2016
Temp: 50F LOW / 80F HIGH
Tour Company: Rum Stars (55JD/person. 1 Day + 1 Night. Jeep Tour and Bedouin Camping.)

Bus ride from Petra to Wadi Rum: 7JD/person. 4 hour.
Taxi from Wadi Rum to Aqaba: 25JD. Find people to split cost.
Bus ride from Aqaba to Amman: 6JD/person.


-jin-