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Travel – Wadi Rum – Southern Jordan – Part 3

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

Things to Do in Wadi Rum

Red Sand Dune
• The real attraction of Wadi Rum is the desert by itself, best observed by 4 wheel drive, pickup truck or even on camel.
• Certain visitors only invest a couple of hours in the Wadi , however it’s absolutely worth taking a supervised trip of many days duration , remaining overnight in Bedouin camps in the desert .
• 4 wheel drives are significantly less bumpy compared to the open-air pick-up trucks, yet the latter have benefits with regards to taking photos.
• The high quality 4-wheel-drive sightseeing tour is dependent upon a Bedouin driver who functions as a guide, however, he generally does not have a lot of knowledge and has a very poor English.
• Therefore, choosing a guide at the entrance is a hit and miss affair as well as some of the most effective guides count particularly on advance bookings.
• You can generally make advance bookings through your accommodation, which could very well be advisable considering the fact that some guides do not have sound English.
• Most of the guides have internet websites, by which you can organize the tour.
• Irrespective, it is best to ensure that you along with your guide have a definite agreement on cost and the itinerary and breaks in the journey which is covered in the tour.
• Climbing is yet another popular activity and many guides are also skilled climbers.
• Sami Salhi, Tour guide for Wadi Rum also can organize camp in desert or home stay with Bedouin family is also possible.
• Contact Number : +962 777362752

Discovering the protected area
• It is possible to explore Wadi Rum in a number of ways:
– by jeep
– by camel
– by horse
– on foot
• If you would like more difficult pursuits like climbing and trekking, refer to Adventure Seekers.
• Jeep tours are the fastest approach to see the well-known panoramic and archaeological venues.
• There are 19 of such places of interest so it is possible for you to visit any specific combination in a single tour.
• Tours begin from the visitor centre, where you are able to select among nine tour packages, lasting from two hours to one full day.
• Longer trips could be organized.
• The majority of vehicles are pick-up trucks managed by local Bedouin cooperatives.
• They are definitely characterful and fun however have modest levels of comfort.
• Private 4 x 4 vehicles and tour company fleet-vehicles are able to enter Rum, so long as they adhere to all regulations.

Camel rides
• Camel rides are a well known activity and small trips can be organized on demand from the visitor center.
• In addition there are nine tour packages traveling to the primary sites of interest, which operate between 1 hr to a full day.
• Overnight tours and lengthy treks are permissible on request.
• A couple of operators provide you with pre-booked horseback trips.

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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