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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.

Accommodations

Accommodations

Wadi Musa and Wadi Rum, at the northern and southern ends of the Petra route, both offer a vast array of accommodations.  A selection of them are listed here.  In between these points, hikers should plan on wild camping.  Note that some sections do not encounter restocking points for several days and so require walkers to carry large amounts of food and water with them.  Alternatively, many tour providers offer varying levels of support to hikers – guides, luggage transfers, supply drops, and even cooked meals at each camping location.

 

Stage Location Name Type Price # of beds Contact Information (+###) [country code] Amenities
1 Wadi Musa Rock Camp T From $50/night 15 Bedouin tents, 12 luxury tents +962 6 5679050

info@therockpetra.com

restrooms, meals
1 Wadi Musa Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp T From $21/night 44 tents +962 797958641

info@sevenwondersbedouincamp.com

restrooms, meals, transportation to local sites
1 Wadi Musa Al Rashid Hotel H From $45/night 25 rooms +962 (0)3 215 6800

info@alrashidhotel.com

air conditioning, restrooms, meals, wifi
1 Wadi Musa Sharah Mountains Hotel H From $50/night 43 rooms +962 (0)3 2157 294

info@sharahmountains.com

air conditioning, restrooms, television, wifi, meals
1 Wadi Musa Saba’a Hotel Hs Dorms from $12/night

Singles from $25/night

+962 779 730 533

sabaahotel@hotmail.com

meals, wifi, laundry, restrooms, television
1 Wadi Musa Valentine Inn Hs Dorms from $8/night

Singles from $25/night

+962 3 2156 423

info@valentine-inn.com

wifi, laundry, tours, meals, air conditioning, restrooms
7 Wadi Rum Rum Village Rest House C Own tent – 2JD/$2.80

Provided tent – 3JD/$4.20

showers
7 Wadi Rum Bedouin LIfestyle T 25JD($35)/person – includes dinner, breakfast, tea, and water +962 77 9131 803

attallah_alblwi@yahoo.com

meals, electricity, toilets, showers, tours
7 Wadi Rum Rahayeb Desert Camp T Single tent – from $49

Double – from $68

Triple – from $102

50 +962 3 205 8557

info@rahayebcamp.com

meals, tours, bathrooms, laundry
7 Wadi Rum Salman Zwaidh Camp T Bed in shared tent – from $17

Single tent – from $21

Double tent – from $28

Triple tent – from $35

Quad tent – from $42

Family tent – from $56

Via secondary booking websites restrooms, meals, shuttle service, tours

Accommodations Key

F – Family Stay
G – Guesthouse (small, locally-owned establishment with private rooms)
H – Hotel
Hs – Hostel (accommodation offering dormitory options)
T – Bedouin Tent (usually dormitory-style sleeping on mats on the floor of a large tent)
S – Shelter (a few areas have free hiker shelters, which are a simple room with cots that hikers can use)
C – Camping (a paid or free place to put down a tent, may or may not have facilities)

Transportation

Getting to the Petra Region

Jordan’s main airport is Queen Alia International Airport, located 35km from Amman. Jordan has a good system of affordable taxis and an inexpensive system of basic buses, though buses tend to leave when they are full and thus can involve a lot of waiting and uncertainty regarding the availability of return journeys. Rental cars are available in Jordan, though roads are not always clearly marked in English—a good road atlas is advisable.

In the Petra Region, Wadi Musa, Humeima, and Wadi Rum are all accessible from Amman by public transportation.  Buses also leave Amman for the city of Ma’an; from Ma’an, buses depart frequently for Wadi Musa.

Airport Transport to the Petra Region:

Shuttle buses from Queen Alia International Airport to downtown Amman depart every half hour between 6am and 4:30pm (50min, 3JD, 06-4453200). Private taxis have posted prices depending on destination, with an average cost of 20JD to downtown Amman.

From Amman’s southern bus station, buses depart regularly for Wadi Musa and Ma’an.  A less regular bus also travels from Amman to Wadi Rum.  Buses traveling these routes also stop in the modern town of Humeima, which is along the Abraham Path route.

Alternatively, travelers can choose to travel from Amman by private taxi; a taxi from Amman to Wadi Musa should cost around 50JD ($70). As always, be sure you have agreed on a price with the driver before beginning your journey.

The Amman airport and city center also offer numerous rental car companies (average cost of $75/€60 per day, gas/petrol €0.89/liter, $4.20/gallon).

Arriving from land or sea borders:

To/from Israel/Palestine: Jordan shares three border crossing points with Israel/Palestine: Beit She’an/Sheikh Hussein in the north, Allenby/King Hussein in the center and Aqaba/Eilat in the south.

An advance visa is necessary if crossing from Israel/Palestine to Jordan via the King Hussein/Allenby crossing; this visa can be purchased at the Jordanian embassy in Tel Aviv or the Jordanian consulate in Ramallah. The northern and southern borders do not require advance visas.

  • Crossing at Allenby Bridge/King Hussein (central): Advance visa required for Jordan. Shared taxis to/from Jerusalem (Damascus Gate) leave regularly for the border (38 NIS/ ~$10 per person). Taxis from the Jordanian side of the border to/from Amman cost 20-25 JD. The border hours are Sunday to Thursday  from 8am-midnight and Friday and Saturday from 8am-3pm.
  • Crossing at Beit Shean/Sheikh Hussein (north): A direct bus connects Nazareth to Amman via the northern border (+972-(0)4-601-0458, 75 NIS/~$20). The Israeli side of the border can also be accessed from Beit Shean by taxi (5 min, 30 NIS/$8). Taxis on the Jordanian side have fixed prices; a journey to Amman should cost 40-50JD. This border is open Sunday-Thursday from 6:30am-9pm (last entrance 8pm) and Friday-Saturday from 8am-8pm (last entrance 7pm) – view current details.
  • Crossing at Yitzhak Rabin/Wadi Araba (Eilat/Aqaba – south): The Israeli border is accessed by taxi (1km, 40NIS) from Eilat. From the Jordanian side, take a taxi to Aqaba (12JD) and take a bus or taxi from Aqaba to your desired destination (see JETT buses, daily for around 8-10JD). A taxi to/from the Jordanian border costs 50-80JD to Amman. The border hours are Sunday to Thursday from 6:30am – 8pm and Friday-Saturday from 8am-8pm.

From Syria: While direct buses used to connect Damascus and Amman, it is no longer advisable to travel through Syria due to the current civil war.

From Egypt: A fast ferry from Nuweiba operates once a day Sunday-Friday, leaving at 1pm from Aqaba and at 4pm from Nuweiba (http://www.abmaritime.com.jo/). The journey takes about 1 hour and costs $70 USD one-way or $140 USD round-trip. Tickets must be paid for in US dollars in Nuweiba, while dollars and dinar are both accepted in Aqaba. Several private ferry companies can arrange transport for groups. The ferries are notorious for delays and complications, so it may be advisable to travel overland through Eilat and avoid the ferry.

Visas:

A 30-day single entry visa costs 40JD (about $56 USD), and a multi-entry 90-day visa costs 60JD ($84). Most nationalities can purchase the visa at the airport or land border upon arrival, but check http://www.visitjordan.com/visitjordan_cms/Default.aspx?tabid=61 to see if you need to purchase your visa in advance.

The visa cost is waived if entering by land via Aqaba (free trade zone) or when entering in a group of five or more with a licensed Jordanian guide when you will stay at least two nights in Jordan.  The exit fee for leaving Jordan is 5JD ($7) per person.

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.