Wadi Rum in Jordan, Also Known as Valley of the Moon

PHOTO: Wadi Rum in Jordan, Also Known as “Valley of the Moon”

This photo perfectly portrays why the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum in Jordan are alternatively known as Valley of the Moon

This photo perfectly portrays why the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum in Jordan are often referred to as the Valley of the Moon. The the jaw-dropping view above was just a few steps from my traditional goatskin tent at Desert Rose Camp, which occupied high spot atop a rock outcropping. An occasional camel ambled by and the odd jeep kicked up a column of dust as it delivered visitors to one of the campsites scattered around Wadi Rum. Mostly, the vista was of shifting sands in myriad colors and sheer rock pinnacles that thrust vertically from the desert floor. And while I can understand how it got the nickname Valley of the Moon, to me it conjured images of the red planet, Mars.

4 Comments on “PHOTO: Wadi Rum in Jordan, Also Known as “Valley of the Moon”

    • Hi Madan Kumar: I didnt use any travel agents.My hotel in Amman made the arrangements for me, and I’m told that any hotel in Jordan can do the same.

  1. Brilliant! Jordan seems to be one of those countries that looks like any other land on earth. I recall seeing Petra and other spots frequently used as filming locations in movies. Love the look of the place. We have done little Middle East travel – our virgin foray to the ME was a trip to Qatar last year – but definitely plan to see more of this intriguing region soon.

    Ryan

    • Hi Ryan: It’s a fascinating region for sure, but make sure you plan to visit between November and February to avoid the worst of the heat. Also, the dust eventually got to me. It’s not a place I could live, but so glad to have seen much of the Middle East this past year.

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