The most beautiful place in Jordan, unusually benevolent people of the desert.
Hidden on the edge of the desert, isolated from the world, the village is located 330 kilometers south of Amman, the capital of Jordan. This place, along with the vast and fabulously beautiful desert, is a land of local Bedouins, conservative and extremely religious people, and at the same time with an open and hospitable heart.
The Bedouin way of life is directly connected with the desert and the creatures that inhabit it. Their lives depend, or depended on, on their camels, goats, and sheep. Today it seems to largely depend on the number of tourists who come to this place, which does not change the fact that Bedouins remain faithful to their traditions and still amaze with their great hospitality, although this, as well as everything in the tourism industry, also comes at a price. Bedouins are brave, generous and hospitable people. Their culture would be incomplete without coffee. This, in turn, is more than just a drink. Her presence in the house is a testimony that the host is always ready to receive guests.
In keeping with Bedouin tradition, the host does not go into details of the stranger’s visit for the first three days. It would be considered tactless. Bedouins have their old code of law and order. There is a respected judge in each region, and each tribe has its own sheikh – a man responsible for looking after his people, solving problems, but also receiving guests who come to the tribe. The appearance of Bedouin settlements and tents also has its own specific features. The Bedouin tent is distinguished by its black color with white stripes. They are made of goat hair and camel fibers, which also protect against rainfall. It normally took two years for one woman to weave one tent.
Bedouins, nomadic tribes.
Truly nomadic lifestyle, they remain true specialists in desert matters.
Bedouins, nomadic tribes that have inhabited the Middle East and North Africa for centuries, were the key to understanding some of the most difficult parts of our land. Napoleon Bonaparte once said of them this:
“They are the greatest scourge of Egypt, but their vital activities cannot be overlooked, it must be admitted that they are indispensable. Without them, this beautiful country could not stay connected with Syria, Arabia, the oases, the kingdom of Sennar, Darfur, Abyssinia, Tripolitia, and the kingdom of Fezzan. Without them, transport from the Nile to the Red Sea and from Cairo to Suez would be impossible. “
And although today only 1-2 percent of Bedouins lead a truly nomadic lifestyle, they remain true specialists in desert matters. Also the one in Wadi Rum, which they are the only ones to know in every way – both in terms of its beauty and the threats that lurk there.
Desert, a palette of shades of red.
Unique, effectively hidden treasure. Once you see it, you will certainly want to come back.
The southern, desert region of the country is distinguished by one of the most beautiful deserts in the world. The farther south we travel in Jordan, the more interesting the landscape we observe along the way becomes. In addition, you can experience wonderful performances full of all kinds of colors. The colors of the rocks vary from red, through orange, yellow, to shades of gray or white. The properties of granite and sandstone rocks that occur in this area mean that the most beautiful colors can be observed in the mornings and at sunset.
Wadi Rum is everything a person expects from the word “desert”: extreme temperatures – terrible heat in summer, chill in winter. Like any desert, this one also has its own whims and can be extremely dangerous. Despite its ascetic appearance, Wadi Rum is a place with an extremely developed ecosystem. During rainfall, more than 200 types of plants and grasses bloom here. The whole area is also a bird paradise. Most of the animals and predators go to the desert dunes mainly at night, because the heat that prevails here most of the year, effectively hides all forms of life when the sands are enveloped by the scorching sun.
All Jordanians say that Wadi Rum looks the most beautiful after rain. I arrived at the site an hour after the heavy rain had ended. I found happy (thanks to the water) inhabitants and colors that do not leave my memory to this day. Wadi – means the valley. Rum – the area located higher. In practice, the name means a desert area located high above sea level.