Where the wild things are…
Our journey to Jordan started with crossing the boarder between Eilat, Israel and Aqaba, Jordan on foot. After meeting our guide and driver on the Jordanian side we moved to one of the most beautiful deserts on the planet – Wadi Rum also known as the Valley of the Moon.
The desert is located in the South of Jordan and covers 720 square kilometers of wilderness. For thousands of years, people have inhabited this area, struggling to survive the harsh conditions of the desert. Hunters, traders, farmers have all called this area home. In 1998, Jordan’s government declared Wadi Rum a protected area, however there are still bedouin tribes who live among the mountains of Rum and welcome thousands of tourists every year . The best way to enjoy the wilderness of Wadi Rum is to organize sunset or sunrise jeep, camel and hiking tours and to plan the overnight stay in Bedouin tents with star gazing during the night. The area of Wadi Rum has been used as a background setting in the number of films such as Prometheus, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and the Martian. “With the spectacular red sand, it feels that one is on Mars, not planet Earth.” It is a truly amazing place and I am sure that one day I will come back to this unforgettable wilderness.
After spending two days in Wadi Rum we moved to Petra (“The lost city”). Petra means Rock, and it is no wonder, because the whole ancient city is entirely made of stone. Petra is rightfully considered the main attraction of Jordan and has earned the status of the one of the 7 new wonders of the world. The ancient Nabatean city of Petra was carved in these rocks about 4 thousand years ago. Petra, who played the role of the capital of the ancient kingdom, gradually gained enormous influence and unprecedented popularity. The emergence of the city in such a hard-to-reach place became possible due to the ability of the Nabateans to control the flow of water, because in fact Petra is nothing but an artificial oasis. Till this day, only 15% of the territory of Petra has been studied, so it is possible that soon the riddles of the ancient city and new discoveries can hit the whole world. Petra covers 264,000 square meters within Wadi Musa and the best way to see most of it is to rent a camel (or a donkey depending on your preferences) . Honestly, one of the best experiences of my life (and camels are very clean, not smelly and taken care of by local bedouins).
Next stop on our Jordanian journey was the Dead Sea, landlocked salt lake between Israel and Jordan southwestern Asia. In Arabic Al-Baḥr Al-Mayyit (Sea of Death) and Hebrew Yam HaMelah (Salt Sea). The Dead Sea is a hypersaline and drainless lake – one of the most unique places on Earth. For our stay we chose Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea that was the most ideal venue from which to explore the rich culture and deep history of the area. “This 5 star luxury hotel is situated on the edge of the famous salt lake – the lowest point on earth – and provides uninterrupted views across the vast sea towards the west bank and access to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, including religious sites and majestic countryside“. . .
Nature’s living miracle, a place to rejuvenate and restore both body and soul
We spent 3 days in the Dead Sea and after travelled to the capital of Jordan – Amman where we concluded our Jordanian adventure.
Here are some pictures we took along the way
We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls. Anais Nin
Улети, но не забудь сказать “Пока”… T-Fest
I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world. Mary Anne Radmacher
We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. Anonymous
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Mark Twain
Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. Anonymous
Jordan – Petra & Wadi Rum
Accommodation in Wadi Rum – Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camp
Accommodation in Petra – Mövenpick Resort Petra
Accommodation in Dead Sea – Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea Jordan