There are places that when you are there you say, “this is incredible” and then after leaving these types of places and having a few days of reflection you realize just how special these types of places are. Wadi Rum is clearly one of these. Beautiful colored rock, wide open spaces, very few people and attractions including narrow Siq canyons, rock bridges, expansive vistas and the vast openness make this a special destination indeed. Public transportation to Wadi Rum is about non existent which means you need a car or a driver with a car to get around. Wadi Rum is located about an hours drive north of Aquaba in Southern Jordan.
When you arrive be sure to make your first stop the main visitor’s center. This center contains a plethora of information about the local attractions and offers a variety of customized tours. The price of each tour depends on the length and is the same regardless of the number of people. For example if you combine with others you can each split the cost of the jeep. Jeeps are provided as either open top or closed. Other touring options include hiking (there are trails near the visitor’s center and also camel rides. A number of tour options are available depending on your time schedule. Note that part of the movie, Lawrence of Arabia was filmed in the park as was more recently, The Martian – starring Matt Damon.
There are currently no hotels in Wadi Rum although there are 200+ private camps as well as the Bait Ali Bedouin Village just outside the park ( www.baitali.com which features accommodation plus lots of other cool activities including ATVing). For more information please visit: www.wadirum.jo
Camp recommendation: Captain’s Desert Camp is an oasis in Wadi Rum. With Bedouin style private rooms (tents), wifi, food and quiet – a stop here for a night or two is an ideal place to call home for a day or two. Visit: www.captains-jo.com