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Wadi Rum and Aqaba

Camping under the stars

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From Petra we took a taxi to Wadi Rum. We arrived at 4ish, just in time for a 2 hour Jeep tour and view of the sunset. The Jeep tour took us from the Bedouin village, around Wadi Rum desert, to the sand dune, to a natural gorge with ancient writing on the rocks and finally arrived at our campsite. Jason decided to take the opportunity to get fit and run up the dune, and instead I leisurely (but with difficulty) walked up it to take in the amazing landscape of Wadi Rum. The views are spectacular.

Our camp was positioned in the shade of a huge rock, a stunning location! It was with Bedouin Lifestyle and the new facilities had only been open one week. We had lovely brand new showers with hot water and cozy double bedded tents. A short walk from our camp there was a rocky outcrop that was the perfect viewing spot for sunset. We were the only ones there and we sat and watched the sun go down over the desert. Breathtaking!

After sunset we arrived back at the camp and joined a few others to sit around a fire, drink tea and listen to traditional Jordanian music on the lute. The Bedouins had cooked up a real treat for our evening meal. They'd placed chicken, onions and tomatoes in a big metal drum and buried it in the sand over some burning embers for hours. They then dug it up in front of us and there we had our feast for the evening. It was really tasty. After the meal we sat outside, smoked a shisha pipe, listened to more music and took in the sky above us. We were lucky to have a full moon and so the desert was really bright all night, you didn't need a torch. Jason had a star gazing app on his phone and we struggled to work out the constellations. I saw my first shooting star...another amazing day in Jordan.

The next day we woke to a beautiful bright morning in the desert, a feast for breakfast and a camel ride. Ha...the camel ride was a bumpy and smelly experience. I'm glad we only chose to pay to go on it for a short while, whereas there was a couple of girls in our camp that were going on a two day trek across the desert on one...not the comfiest mode of transport. There were plenty of tour options you could have done in Wadi Rum, unfortunately they were out of our price range (I.e. sand boarding, more Jeep tours, trekking sleeping under the stars). Maybe next time...

We moved on to our last stop in Jordan, Aqaba. It's a beach side resort area in the Red Sea. We booked into a cracking little hotel, called Cedar Hotel. They gave us complimentary drinks on arrive, a fruit basket in our room and were really helpful. Unfortunately Jason picked up a stomach bug so we just sat by a pool and relaxed for a couple of days. The Red Sea has a good coral reef and so we invested in a snorkel set each. The fish were really bright and clear, its a shame we didn't have an underwater camera...but I think I know what's on Jason's wish list.

The reason we chose to go to Aqaba was because there's a quiet border crossing into Israel from here...so next stop is a whistle stop tour of Jerusalem.

Posted by bloorsontour 05:44 Archived in Jordan

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More stunning photographs. You've certainly sold Jordan to me! Xxx

by mutsi

We agree! I think The Findlers will be exploring some of these wonderful places in the future!

by Ma and Pa

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