Wadi Rum activates

1 Horse riding from Petra to Wadi Rum

Embark on a lifetime experience from the ancient Nabatean city of Petra to the depths of the majestic Wadi Rum desert on pure locally-bred Arabian horses! Reenact the Indiana Jones movie in front of Petra’s Treasury, follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia throughout the magnificent Wadi Rum and ride to the discovery of the thousands years old scriptures discreetly carved on the towering mountains. One of the highlights of this experience being to get the unique opportunity to ride across the deserted city of Petra at dawn, before the site opens its doors to the public!

This itinerant excursion isn’t without comfort, and the support vehicles will provide you with all the necessities during every stop. What’s more, every meal will display different kinds of traditional Jordanian dishes and all the food is fresh and cooked directly on site by a professional cook.

The horses are all locally born and raised Arabian horses, and as the creatures made from the winds, according to the legend, they will let you enjoy some of the fastest canters you will ever get to experience in your life! An unforgettable experience and a must-do for all riders.

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2 Hiking in the Wadis around Jordan

The ideal way to visit Jordan off the beaten track and to meet lots of local people is still by taking a hiking tour. The rocky landscapes and boundless immensities of the country offer a wonderful playground to hikers and mountaineers inclined to discover the real face of Jordan, far from the overly touristic attractions. Go explore the beautiful valleys and hidden oases, from the wet hikes of Wadi Mujib to the really dry hikes of Wadi Rum or Wadi Araba, all kinds of trails are available for all kinds of hikers, providing absolutely breathtaking panoramas to those who make the effort to climb up.

Some trails can be quite tricky, so take a local guide with you before going out, he will be able to point out the best routes and to teach you about the fauna and flora of the areas you cross.

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3 Mountain climbing in Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum being one of the most outstanding desert landscapes in the world, its towering mountains, narrow canyons and amazing rock formations also make it a paradise for climbers, mountaineers and scramblers, offering a large array of routes for all levels, from simple hiking to technically difficult ascensions.

Most of the main climbing areas are gathered within easy reach of the Rum village; either on Jebel Rum or on Jebel Um Ishrin, but walking there carrying your climbing gear might still prove a bit difficult. Further away in the desert, you will find the most popular climbing sites of the area: the Barragh Canyon, a 3km long narrow gorge, and the Burdah Bridge area, a spectacular rock bridge hanging some 300m up from the desert floor. Several routes lead up to the bridge, some requiring roping and a qualified guide while others are no more than a mere scramble, but this is undoubtedly one of the not-to-be-missed places in Wadi Rum for any climber.

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4 Camel riding in the desert

If you come to Jordan, don’t miss out on camel riding in Wadi Rum desert! Even if most of them have long been replaced by jeeps and pick-ups, camels have always been an essential part of the Bedouins’ lifestyle and they are certainly the most traditional and easy way to travel around the desert. Several kind of tours are available in Wadi Rum, from a few hours to a few days, so cover your head with a kuffiyeh, get on your desert mount and leave for a memorable camel ride!

Useful tips for beginners: hang on tightly to the pommel between your legs as soon as you get on to avoid being thrown off when the camel suddenly gets up from sitting, or you’re liable to end up face down in the dust. While riding, let your legs go on both sides, or cross them in front Bedouin style, and let yourself get rocked by the camel’s gentle and silent pace. Relax and enjoy! 

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5 Sandboarding in Wadi Rum

Tired of sliding down snowy slopes in the freezing cold winter? Come try sandboarding and test your surfing skills on the sandy slopes of the dunes, deep in the Wadi Rum desert! Come early in the morning to avoid the hottest hours of the day and slide down the biggest sand dunes you can find!

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6 Zarb: A Bedouin Feast in Wadi Rum

Enjoy the Bedouin hospitality over dinner and try the Bedouin feast of Zarb. Zarb (as known amongst locals) or if you will Bedouin barbecue is an experience on its own where Bedouins cook lamb meat, chicken and vegetables with herbs in a big underground pit with hot coals beneath the desert sands. When the meat is tender with a hint of a smoky taste they take out the big pot and you get to eat!

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7 Jeep ride in Wadi Rum

Taking a jeep ride in Wadi Rum Reserve is one of the many ways to explore the southern Jordanian Desert and discover its many wonders! You can go on various jeep ride durations/timings which will take you on a ride to the main attractions from sand dunes to narrow canyons and high natural rock bridges. In addition, enjoy the thrill of a drive in the vast emptiness of the desert!

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