Jordania: El desierto de Wadi Rum

Los Siete Pilares de la Sabiduría

Wadi Rum speaks a beauty that is universally understood – as demonstrated in this at SobreTurismo, a Spanish language travel blog whose title in English simply reads “Jordan: The desert of Wadi Rum.”

Berenice Lomont, the author of the article, expresses the universality of Wadi Rum’s “vast and echoing and god-like” magic in a sentiment coined here, “if Petra is Jordan’s gold, then Wadi Rum is its silver” as the travel blogger writes:

When we think of Jordan, the spectacular lost city of Petra comes directly to the memory, but this country offers us more, much more, so it is worthwhile to venture into [Jordan’s] wonderful … Wadi Rum.

Located in southern Jordan … we are surprised by their reddish sands, the lack of a classic horizon, for its mountainous structures rounded by the action of continuous wind.

Citing Wadi Rum as the location of the films Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Red Planet (2000), the authoress goes on to describe the recently build visitor center where one can hire guides and 4×4 vehicles and …

… for the more adventurous there is the option of multi-days tours via Dromedary camels.

Ms. Lomont goes on to write of the places one often stops to admire while in Wadi Rum including (translated):

  • The Seven Pillars of Wisdom: the most famous mountains of Wadi Rum, which owes its name to book TE Lawrence was inspired during their stay here. His vision is really overwhelming, seems out of a fairy tale.
  • The stone bridge of Burdah: this is an impressive natural arch 35 metres high. One of the highest in the world. Spectacular and unique.
  • Cave paintings (petroglyphs): It is said that this desert is a huge blackboard full of rock art made by the civilizations that inhabited (Tamudo and nabatea). A symbol that certainly deserves a visit.

The writer also recommends Jordan’s highest mountain, Jebel Um Adaami … suggesting while its 6000 foot (1830 meter) elevation doesn’t pose too much difficulty, the difficult path is best traversed with a hired guide.

Berenice ends her post as poetically as she begins describing a once-in-a-lifetime experience that transcends all languages, borders and cultures when she opines:

It is an enigmatic place, haunted, is so enormously beautiful that for centuries has left mute those who until then had been approached…. And without a doubt I am one of them.

She’s right, of all the sites I’ve visited in Jordan – Wadi Rum is my favorite as well as reflected in the following past posts:

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