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Travel – Wadi Rum – Southern Jordan – Part 2

Wadi Rum is also referred to as The Valley of the Moon.

Filming area in Wadi Rum

The region has been utilized as a back-ground setting in lots of films:
• Lawrence of Arabia – David Lean shot much of this 1962 movie on location in Wadi Rum.
• Red Planet – Wadi Rum was utilized as the surface of Mars in this particular 2000 movie.
• Passion in the Desert – The region was used as in some scenes in this 1998 movie.
• The Face – BBC Movie, Rock climbing in Rum
• Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Indicated as being in Egypt
• The Frankincense Trail – scenes from train, together with aerial filming also
• Prometheus – Scenes for the Alien Planet
• May in the summer

Things to See in Wadi Rum

Lawrence’s house
• No one is for sure that this was Lawrence’s residence, although there are actually stories that he equally stayed and/or collected weapons here.
• The present structure is constructed on the remains of a Nabataean building.
• The home itself is bunch of debris/ruins, however, and not very impressive.

Lawrence’s spring
• This spring is located about 2km (1 .2 miles) south-west of the town of Rum.
• The spring is on top of a short scramble – go for the fig tree.
• Even though the pool by itself is largely unprepossessing, being a inactive puddle, the sights across the desert are really breathtaking.

The Nabataean Temple
• This temple is close to the Rest House in Rum Village.
• The neighboring area is covered in Thamudic and Kufic rock artwork.

The Anfashieh Inscriptions
• It is not far from the red Sand Dune region.
• This hill has descriptions of a camel caravan from the Nabatean and also Thaumadic time period.

Burdah Rock Bridge
• On several tours you simply view this from a certain distance.
• But it is possible for you to climb up to this rock bridge in case you have a guide and an appropriate level of fitness.

Umm Fruth Rock Bridge
• It is a lower stone bridge that is highlighted on several tours and can be conveniently scrambled onto.

Red Sand Dunes
• There are several places in Wadi Rum wherein the white and red sands meet.
• However, the most frequently visited is a dune sloping up along with a jebel – a bit difficult to climb up and very exciting to run down.
• It is usually difficult while ascending and hence it is best to make use of small steps.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom
• Even though many people can only count 5, this is certainly a remarkable rock formation close to the Visitor’s centre.
• It is actually named after T E Lawrence’s book and not the other way around as it was thought to be.

Jebel Khaz’ali
• This narrow canyon consists of various Nabataean rock carvings of individuals and also animals.

Best time to visit / climate

• While traveling to Wadi Rum, make sure you bring something cozy to wear overnight as temperatures can differ from a daytime average of 32°C right down to 4°C during the night.
• Jordan has a sunny, dry weather characterized by lengthy, hot, dry summers as well as brief, cool winters.
• The weather is based on Jordan’s placement between the subtropical aridity of the Arabian Desert locations along with the subtropical humidity of the eastern Mediterranean region.
• January is the coldest month, with temperature ranges from 5°C to 10°C, and August is the hottest time of the year at 20°C to 35°C.
• Regular temperatures can be quite hot, particularly in the summer; on certain days it could be 40°C or higher, particularly when the Shirocco , a hot , dry southerly wind flies .
• These kind of winds can often be quite strong that will result in Sandstorms.
• Around 70 % of the regular rainfall in the country falls between November and then March; June through August tend to rain less.
• Rainfall differs from season to season and also from year to year.
• Precipitation is usually targeted in aggressive storms, leading to erosion as well as local flooding, particularly in the winter season.

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How to get there?

• Wadi Rum is a brief detour from the Desert Highway between Amman and also Aqaba.
• A side path ends up in the entrance where you can see the Wadi Rum Visitors Centre, a law enforcement office along with a wide range of potential guides providing camel and also 4×4 treks.
• The price to enter Wadi Rum Protected Area is five Jordanian Dinars (JD) per individual, as of May 2012.
• The majority of buses that travel the highway between Aqaba as well as Petra will be able to drop you at the intersection to Wadi Rum.
• Once at the intersection, you could hitch hike or take on another minibus (1 or 2JD) to the Visitor’s Centre where you could meet the guide.
• The final leg of the trip does not cost more than 5JD per individual.

1. By flight
• Jordan’s nationwide airline is Royal Jordanian Airlines.
Additionally, Jordan is operated by several foreign carriers such as:
– British Airways
– Air Baltic
– Lufthansa
– Delta Airlines
– Emirates
– Turkish Airlines
– Egypt Air
– Alitalia
– Air France
• Low-priced airline Air Arabia flies between Jordan and locations throughout the Middle East.
• United Kingdom based airline easy Jet has introduced plans to fly 3 times per week from London Gatwick to Amman from March 2011, cutting the price of reaching the Middle East from the United Kingdom considerably.
• Queen Alia International Airport is the country’s primary airport terminal.
• It happens to be 35km southern of Amman (on the primary route to Aqaba).
• It takes around 45 minutes to reach the airport terminal from the down-town Amman, around thirty minutes from West Amman.
• Transportation into Amman is given by the Royal Jordanian bus services to the city terminal close to the 7th circle, or by taxi (around twenty JD, intended to be fixed).

Along with Queen Alia, Jordan has 2 other international airport terminals:
– Marka International Airport in East Amman assists routes to neighboring Middle Eastern countries, along with internal flights to Aqaba
– King Hussein International Airport terminal in Aqaba.

2. By train
• The last functioning section of the well-known Hejaz Railway, twice-weekly trains used to turn up from Damascus (Syria) at Amman’s Mahatta junction just north-east of the down-town region, in close proximity to Marka Airport.
• But, services have already been cancelled since mid-2006 because of damage to the tracks, and it’s uncertain as to when they would resume.
• Even though they were running, trains consumed an incredibly long nine hours (significantly slower as compared to driving), and offered an awfully low standard of comfort.
• There are no additional passenger trains in Jordan.

3. By bus
• Long-distance providers run from several Middle Eastern locations including Tel Aviv and Damascus.

4. By boat
• Jordan could be entered at the harbor of Aqaba via the Egyptian port of Nuweiba.
• There are 2 providers, ferry and speedboat.
• Be prepared to shell out around $30 for the ferry.
• It can even cost around $60 for the speedboat (each one way).
• Egyptians are not expected to shell out the prices increased by the authorities.
• The slow-moving ferry could take up to eight hours that can be a challenge in bad weather.
• The speedboat regularly makes the crossing in approximately one hour, although boarding as well as disembarking delays can also add several hours, particularly since there can be no set hours for departures.
• You cannot purchase the ticket beforehand and the ticket office would not be familiar with the time of departure.
• It is possible to lose a whole afternoon and even a day awaiting the boat to leave.
• UPDATE: selling prices have risen.
• The speedboat is currently $70 and the ferry is $60 (+$10 or 50 EGP departure tax from Egypt).

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