Wadi Rum: The Lawrence of Arabia desert


In 1935 one of the most prominent and well-known figures in our destiny died today. Currently, in the place where it accidentally crashed it says a plaque that says: "There are two kinds of men: those who sleep and dream at night and those who dream awake and by day ... those are dangerous, because they will not give in until they see their dreams come true"I don't consider myself dangerous, but as now, I sometimes surprise myself daydreaming.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This newspaper was made on the v1 of this website, when we wrote only and exclusively for the family, so it is not as complete as the rest. However, you will find much more information about Jordan in the travel guide to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan from 2009

Also, specifically from Wadi Rum, you have a more detailed article in (Day 14 of that diary)

His name was Thomas Edward Lawrence, but he is better known as Lawrece from Arabia, and was the protagonist of the main Arab-British battles against the Turks in World War I, as we said on DAY 2 OF THE TRIP.

We resisted leaving the valley of Wadi Musa, town where we were staying. The view we had from the top of the town after leaving the hotel was very impressive.

The landscape of our trip had completely changed. Gone are the lush vegetation of the Jordan River area. Earth, rocky mountains and sand began to surround us as soon as we left Petra. We were on our way to one of the most particular deserts on the planet, the desert of Wadi rum. Wadi Rum means "Valley of the Moon".

Upon arrival at the entrance of this protected area, we were stunned with one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. This desert is not like everyone we know, it is a desert of beautiful mountainous landscapes and reddish earth. His magic perhaps comes from those colors, generated by the disappearance of the water of the Red Sea that previously denied it. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom welcome us.

As we mentioned at the beginning, the true story of Lawrece de Arabia began here in this desert. The Arab revolution initiated by this legendary archaeologist with Faisal Bin Hussein in 1917 was set to stage the railway line of narrow track that communicated Damascus with Medina. This line is currently being retaken. jeep he's waiting for us. Local Bedouins, the only ones who can have "chub" in this business, will lead us through the reddish desert. We pass mountains of strange curvatures, the famous train track assaulted many times before and sand roads ...

One of the first stops we make is in a kind of Bedouin camp. There we can observe ancient Talmudic and Nabatean inscriptions dating from the second century B.C. The Nabateans made contact with the Tamil peoples and recorded petrogriflos rupresres of animals, people and texts that suggest the first forms of the Arabic language. They kindly invite us to have tea and rest a little, because the heat that is hitting today is strong.

Our next destination is a kind of Oasis Where the water barely endures The arid desert valley turns into multiple colors in this area.

The truth is that it is comforting to spend some time there, in the shade, with the cold breeze that comes from that corridor between the mountain. We even see vegetation rooted to its deepest roots in order to "suck" water that emanates from this area. The Nabateans also worked in this day this gorge.

Had you ever seen one reddish dune as beautiful as this one? Lawrence of Arabia said that the Wadi Rum Desert is “immense, lonely ... as touched by the hand of God" No one could have defined it better.

The heat does not stop. My camera keeps collecting snapshots from any corner we see. The route we take never fails to impress us. In addition to the sand and the mountains, the landscape is enlarged with the amazing contrasts of red, blue, yellow colors ... more beautiful as we go. !! Dune up !! !! Dune down !! Right Joseba? Hahaha

Our walk was over. I was very angry because I could have been there all day. I even keep the thorn of not having seen some formations, such as the rocky bridge of Burdah(photo of the excellent blog // the Wadak Rocky Bridge (photo of Cristina's excellent collection also in // I'll be back one day, for sure (UPDATE 2009:And so it was years later in)

Back to the visitor center of the entrance, we take the opportunity to regain strength and eat something and chat with our guide, who I have told little about him. Jammal is a very nice and friendly person but with a sad look. As if I missed something or had a pain that I can't help showing. Nothing else to eat, we were approached to what was going to be ours camp for sleeping. It is located in an enclave quite protected from wind and storms. There some prepared Haimas await us. At night there would be a barbecue with music. He is quite prepared. Surely sleeping in the solitude of the desert would be a much better option.

But we couldn't leave the desert without using private transportation par excellence, the camel. It started at dusk and our "taxi" took us far, to the top of a hill near the camp, to see a beautiful sunset.

The sun began to hide, and up there, almost alone, I spent one of the most hidden and absent moments of the day. Mental note: aim desert as a unique experience for future trips.

The night It was another song. A tourist (barbecue with European music) that made Wadi Rum lose a bit of charm. But nobody takes you away from escaping, evading you for a moment, and lying in the sand to contemplate a completely clear sky full of stars. Petra is the pearl of Jordan, but if there is something that really takes me with me on this trip, it is this day. I did not expect such a beautiful desert. Someday I will return, in another plan. I know.

Isaac, from Wadi Rum (Jordan)