Getting There Wadi Rum
One of the best things about Aqaba is its proximity to Wadi Rum
“The Valley of the Moon” – there’s nothing more stunning than the stark contrast between the sparkling blue waters of Aqaba and the desert landscape of Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum is everything you would expect from essence of the desert with it Color-shifting landforms, giant sandstone mountains, towering plateaus, steep canyons, mushroom rocks and perpetually moving sand dunes. This desert of mountains do represents a magnificent painting for the beginning of time that
supports a unique ecosystem, rich with human culture of the nomadic Arab tribes, better known as the Bedouins.
A whole range of unforgettable desert experiences can be found in Wadi Rum; stare at a dazzling of stars in the desert night; ride a camel through narrow canyons; climb mountains; sand surf on golden dunes; or simply marvel at the stunning landscape before you.
Wadi Rum lies in the southwestern corner of Jordan 66 kilometers north of the coastal town of Aqaba. It can be reached easily by main roads from Amman (3.5hrs), Aqaba (55 minutes) and Petra (1.5hrs). Car-hire and bus tours can be arranged through your hotel and travel agents and taxis can be negotiated from Aqaba and Petra.
Once you are at Wadi Rum the Visitors Centre should be your first port of call, where a standard fee is charged to all visitors entering the visitor centre and protected area. These fees are used to help local Bedouin communities and pay for the protection of Wadi Rum.