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Amman

Country
Jordan
State
Jordan (General)
City
Amman
Type of Location
Adventure Spot
About Location

Wadi Rum’s grandeur in southern Jordan became famous because of the movie "Lawrence of Arabia". Prior to exploration beginning in 1984 to assess its potential for Rock Climbing, the region and its mountains were largely only familiar to the local Bedouin. There are now some 300 routes of all grades on sandstone of variable quality. Original pioneers adopted a policy of using a minimum of fixed gear for protection to preserve the spirit of adventure.



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How to Reach

By plane

Jordan's national airline is Royal Jordanian Airlines. In addition, Jordan is served by a number of foreign carriers including BMI, Air France, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Egypt Air, Emirates and Delta Airlines. Low-cost airlines Sama and Air Arabia  fly between Jordan and destinations all over the Middle East.

Queen Alia International Airport is the country's main airport. It is 35km south of Amman (on the main route to Aqaba). You should allow 45 minutes to reach the airport from the downtown Amman, approximately 30 minutes from West Amman. Transport into Amman is provided by the Royal Jordanian bus service to the city terminal near the 7th circle, or by taxi (30 JD).

By Train

The last functioning part of the famous Hejaz Railway, twice-weekly trains used to arrive from Damascus (Syria) at Amman's Mahatta junction just northeast of the downtown area, close to Marka Airport. However, services have been suspended since mid-2006 due to damage to the tracks, and it's unclear when they will resume. Even when they were running, trains took a very leisurely 9 hours (considerably slower than driving), and provided a very low standard of comfort. There are no other passenger trains in Jordan.

Key places to visit
Camel Riding, Bedouin Roads, Jordan Harbour, Horse Ride


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Places to Visit

Camel Ride

Riding on Camels will take you back to ancient times. To the era when salesmen and knights followed the Nabatean spice routes to their next post. Times when your wellbeing and survival depended on the wellbeing of your mount. In the desert of Wadi Rum the Bedouin people still live as they have been doing for centuries. They still wander through the desert looking for the best places to herd their sheep and goats, carrying their black tents with them wherever they go. We invite you to come along with us on a journey back in time. Apart from a ten days camel-ride in Wadi Rum, Hummaima, Wadi Araba and Beer Hamad, you will also visit the rose-red city of Petra and other highlights of the Jordanian culture and history.

Bedouin Roads

The "Bedouin Roads" are some of the glories of climbing in Wadi Rum. They are the traditional ways used by the Bedouin to penetrate the interior and the summits of those sandstone massifs. Many of them are incredibly ancient and certainly date back to Thamudic times, quite possibly before then. Some of them have been "lost" through lack of usage (many of them were only used by certain families) and lie out there waiting to be "discovered" by adventurous mountaineers today - I'm not joking or exaggerating!

They were used by hunters, by gatherers of medical plants or by foragers for the sweet grass still growing on the mountains in the dry summers. They were used by lookouts in times of inter-tribal tensions - and they were used by people just wanting to get away from the others, as they are sometimes used today....

Jordan Harbour

An old stone trestle bridge spanning Jordan Harbour. One end remains intact while several freestanding columns rise from Twenty Mile Creek. While most climbs here are bolt protected one at least was led on natural gear to gain the top of the first freestanding column.

Horse Ride

Riding on horseback will take you back to ancient times. To the era when merchants and adventurers followed the Nabatean spice routes. Their wellbeing and survival often depended then on the wellbeing of your mount. In the desert of Wadi Rum the Bedouin people still live as they have been doing for centuries. They still wander through the desert looking for the best places to herd their sheep and goats, carrying their black tents with them wherever they go. We invite you to come along with us on a journey back in time.

Right Time to Visit

March - July

Temperature

August - October -> 33(°C) - Summer
January - March -> 4(°C) - Spring


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