Wadi Rum is one of the top tourist destinations in Jordan, and attracts visitors from all over the world. If you’re visiting Wadi Rum for the first time, I’ve rounded up some of the best activities that cannot be missed.

Wadi Rum desert in Jordan is the closest most of us are ever getting to Mars,The red sands, sandstone rocks and otherworldly landscapes are enough to convince us we’re on another planet.

This rugged landscape’s raw beauty has made it the country’s major film star, playing leading roles in movies as diverse as The Martian (where it stood in for Mars) and Jordan’s award-winning Theeb (where it played itself).

The movie it is most famous for is, of course, Lawrence of Arabia, which first flaunted Wadi Rum’s panoramas of orange and pink sand desert loomed over by vast rock outcrops to a global cinema audience.

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It is so huge

Comprises an area of 74,200 hectares (about 183,352 acres), nearly as large as New York City (78,380 hectares / 193,484 acres)

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The Red Rock Formations

Arches, towering cliffs, massive landslides, dramatic cavernous weathering forms and narrow gorges, all together create an almost fairy-tale setting.

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Fairy-tale place at night

Watch Milky Way a million miles away with your naked eyes thanks to the extremely clear air, count the endless stars in the sparkling night sky, enjoy the total silence and peace of the desert

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Mars on Earth

Red sands & red sandstone mountains create an uncanny Mars-like landscape, making you feel like you are stepping foot on another planet, though you are on Earth.

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All time Hollywood - Mars

The Martian (2015), The Last Days on Mars (2013), Red Planet (2000), Mission to Mars (2000), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Prometheus, Lawrence of Arabia, etc.. had been filmed in Wadi Rum

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Year-round destination

Summer and winter may be less comfortable in terms of weather, but is rewarding with significantly smaller crowds. And the best time for climbing and hiking is from October to April

Lawrence’s spring

Where Lawrence of Arabia reputedly washed during the Arab Revolt. Has an attractive rock inscriptions on nearby rocks.

Khazali canyon

Deep, narrow fissure in the mountain side, containing many rock inscriptions.

Rock bridge

Spectacular natural rock arch, with great views.

Burrah canyon

long, deep canyon between dramatic mountains. Lots of sand in places. Very beautiful in early morning or late evening, when the sun turns the rock deep orange.

Wadi Rum "Siq Um Tawaqi"
Siq Um Tawaqi

Short canyon containing a carving of the head of T. E. Lawrence.

Anfashieh inscriptions
Anfashieh inscriptions

This mountain is famous for its formations and inscription. Anfashieh has numerous Thamudic and Nabatean inscriptions, next to it drawings of animals, humans, and camel caravans.

Sunset sites in Wadi Rum
Sunset sites

Winter and summer sites, where you get the most dramatic views of Wadi Rum as the sun sinks below the horizon.

Sand dunes
Sand dunes

large area of sand dunes piled up against the mountains. Fun to climb to the top. Have desert-adapted plants.

Alameleh Inscriptions
Alameleh Inscriptions

Good example of ancient rock drawings, showing camels and wildlife.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Seven Pillars of Wisdom

The local bedouin referred to this mountain as Jabal al-Mazmar long before outsiders had ever heard of Rum.

Wadi Rum "Nabatean Temple – Aretas (IV)"
Nabatean Temple – Aretas (IV)

Used by Nabatean to worship ALLAT (Goddes). This temple was built on the ruins of Allat temple of the AAD TRIBE.

Jabal Umm Al Dami
Jabal Umm Al Dami

Located inside Wadi Rum and near Saudi Arabia’s border, Um Al Dami Mountain stands high emanating from the picturesque sand. It is the tallest mountain in Jordan provides summit views at an elevation of approximately 1,854 meters.

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