Wadi Rum's red earth desertscapes

Jordan’s most memorable natural sight, Wadi Rum is Lawrence of Arabia-land, where the British officer stayed in 1917 and much of the famous film was shot. Expansive red earth desertscapes vie for your attention with rugged sandstone mountains that unexpectedly rear up, sheer cliffs overlooking sand seas. The sculpting wind has created a rich gallery: rock bridges and arches, perfect smoothed domes atop towering pillars, and a spider’s-web of gnarled canyons and gorges. As romantic a place as you’ll find on earth, this is also a world class climbing destination, and a wild desolate place to hike. Above all, however, Wadi Rum is simply a difficult place to say goodbye to.

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