How to visit the Wadi Rum desert on a 4 × 4 excursion in Jordan

Sunset in Wadi Rum desert in Jordan

I have to admit that even metrip to Jordan I had not had the opportunity to know any great desert, an experience that many of us want to enjoy sometime.

For friends who have visited them, he knew about the special sensations that a desert causes and spend the night in it.

In fact, my interest in this trip had very specific focuses, as was the incredible enclave of Petra or the curiosity of bathe in the Dead Sea.

4 × 4 Wadi Rum desert tour in Jordan

But until then little did I know about Wadi Rum desert.

My interest in this place increased after a comment from my friend Paco Nadal, which has Wadi rum Among the most wonderful places in the world.

Lawrence of Arabia in Wadi Rum

And I also had a first visual approach when choosing to watch the movie of Lawrence of Arabia during the pleasant flight with Air jordan from Madrid to Amman.

It is precisely this character who has greatly fostered the reputation of Wadi rum, as the film reflects, in these landscapes the historical revolt of the Arabs against the Ottoman Turks took place between 1916 and 1918.

Relief tribute to Lawrence of Arabai in the Wadi Rum desert

After visit Wadi Rum, I must record that Paco Nadal I was right.

How is the Wadi Rum desert

Wadi rum It is located near southern Jordan, about 60 kilometers northeast of Aqaba, city located on the banks of Red Sea.

It is a plain that is at a certain height, about 1,600 meters, on which large mountainous blocks composed of granite and sandstone rise.

As we were approaching the semi-arid landscapes of this area of Jordan, I found some similarity with another of the great places such as the path to the Monument Valley, in the west coast of the United States.

But an important difference is that the road runs for many kilometers in parallel to the tracks of the famous train that appeared in the aforementioned film of Lawrence of Arabia,

Landscapes of the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan

This railway line was built by the Turks, and along it one of the great battles that were reflected in the film took place.

It's when you get to the modern Visitors Center when you realize that, indeed, you are at the desert doors.

4 × 4 tour by Wadi Rum

The Wadi Rum visit it takes place in 4 × 4 all-terrain vehicles.

They are of the type pick-upso popular in the United States, which allows visitors to sit in the back box, open and can accommodate six people, and be able to take pictures or video.

Rock formations of the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan

In this center there are several excursions offered to tourists, from the simplest of 14 kilometers and only one hour (price, 27 euros), to the most complete of 68 kilometers and 8 hours (82 euros).

An intermediate excursion traveling 50 kilometers will take you four hours and will cost you about 70 euros.

These 4 × 4 excursions they will take you to different corners of the Wadi Rum desert.

When you start your excursion, do not expect to find a flat desert, but on the contrary, a combination of sandy areas, even with dunes and some vegetation, which extend between the large granite blocks.

On your tour you will see rock paintings that date back more than 4000 years.

And you will also approach viewpoints from where you will have beautiful panoramic views of Wadi Rum.

Food in jaima in Wadi Rum desert in Jordan

Of course, on this excursion they will take you to jaimas installed by the Bedouin who live in this area, where besides receiving you with a nice green tea, you will rest in large cushions on the floor.

And, of course, you will have the possibility to buy some souvenirs.

You will also see some corners where the traces of the presence of Lawrence of Arabia in Wadi Rum.

And you will eat the traditional arabic food in other jaima.

Wadi Rum camel excursion

You will also have the opportunity to make a camel tour (one hour and a half, 11 euros; three hours, and 20 kilometers, 20 euros).

Wadi Rum desert camel tour in Jordan

In a typical caravan of camels you will visit some of the corners of Wadi rum to arrive in time to see the sunset from the top of one of the big rocky blocks.

Watch the sunset at Wadi Rum

Do not be surprised when you see yourself with hundreds of tourists who are distributed by the different rocky blocks in this weekend ceremony in the desert excursion, the sunset view.

Finally, if you wish, you can complete your desert excursion by sleeping in some hotel with jaimas that you find in Wadi Rum.

In sum, the Wadi Rum desert visit it will be a journey that will leave a mark on you forever, and one of the essential stages in you trip to Jordan.

4 × 4 Wadi Rum desert tour in Jordan

Excursions to Wadi Rum

If you are in Aqaba, to know this desert you can sign up for an excursion in which in one day you will also visit Petra.

This private tour eight hours is done with Spanish guide, and here you have all the information about the Tour to Petra and Wadi Rum in 4 × 4.

Wadi Rum's visit is also included in this 4-day tour of Jordan leaving from Amman, also with a guide in Spanish.

Wadi Rum Photos

Here you have more Wadi Rum desert photos, in Jordan.