Wadi Rum, Jordan's Valley of the Moon
What a beautiful stretch of desert- beautiful yellow and red sand, wonderful rocky cliffs and imposing hills. I can imagine T. E. Lawrence and his small band of bedouins camping here while they raided German trains passing through and planning their attack and capture of Aqaba druing WWI. A truly timeless and fascinating place definitely worth a visit on any trip to Jordan. I just wished we had time to spend the night in one of the tourist tents to see the star-spangled sky so far from civilization. I defintely urge any Jordan travelers to make time for this step into the past.
Want to read more: Check out what Wikipedia has to say:
Wadi Rum, also known as The Valley of the Moon, is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan 60 km to the east of Aqaba. Wadi Rum is home to the Zalabia Bedouin who, working with climbers and trekkers, have made a success of developing eco-adventure tourism, now their main source of income. The area is now one of Jordan's important tourist destinations, and attracts an increasing number of foreign tourists, particularly trekkers and climbers, but also for camel and horse safari or simply day-trippers from Aqaba or Petra. Popular activities in the desert environment include camping under the stars, riding Arab horses, hiking and rock-climbing among the massive rock formations. In the West, Wadi Rum may be best known for its connection with British officer T. E. Lawrence, who based his operations here during the Arab Revolt of 1917--18.
The area has been used as a background setting in a number of films, including Lawrence of Arabia in 1962 and Red Planet in 2000.
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