When planning your trip to Jordan you simply must include at least a day to visit Wadi Rum. The otherworldly landscape has become increasingly popular with travelers, and the local Zelabia Bedouin people have created a vibrant tourism industry taking visitors across the red desert landscape in their 4x4s and offering camel and horseback rides. Overnighters have a large range of Bedouin camps to choose from and can see the Milky Way in full view with virtually no light pollution around.
Wadi Rum is located in the south of Jordan, a fairly short drive from both Aqaba and Petra. The valley of sandstone and granite is notable for its Mars-like red color. Indeed, it has stood in for Mars on a number of films, most recently 2015’s The Martian. It’s also famous for its association with T.E. Lawrence, who passed through Wadi Rum during his campaign and the Arab Revolt of World War I.