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On the journey from Petra to Wadi Rum, you will quickly leave behind the busy tourist center built up around the former glory of an ancient civilization and will spend a week wandering through the silence and emptiness of the high desert. Pass tiny village oases, clusters of Bedouin tents around a lone well, and the sprawling remains of an Umayyad city long forgotten. Past Humeima, the landscape changes, and towering mountains begin to beckon from the south: these are the high sandstone spires of Wadi Rum, home to one of the most famous centers of natural beauty in the Middle East.

The Rum area is one of the most famous places for a meeting of Bedouin culture and the modern world: many of the locals make a living using their extensive knowledge of the outdoors to show visitors the best routes through the desert and up the forbidding mountains whose peaks are some of the highest in the region. For those who wish for a change of pace from hiking, Wadi Rum is also known for its camel and jeep tours and for the experience of a night spent under perfect starry skies, enjoying the silence and delicious Bedouin food.

For walking in this region, the Jordan Trail is recommended. Find detailed resources on www.jordantrail.org

Sites in the Petra Region:

Petra

Let the ornate facades of this ancient Nabatean capital captivate your gaze as you wander its worn paths. Breathtaking cave dwellings, the infamous treasury, and a grand palace will transport you to another time when this site was a bustling center of trade and commerce.

Mt. Haroun

Trek out of Petra to climb the peak where the death of Aaron, brother of Moses, is commemorated

Humeima

This ancient site has been home to Nabataeans, Romans, and Abbasids. Now abandoned, it begs modern visitors to explore its ruins in hopes of reviving its memory as a historic oasis.