Day 84, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Today was just a short excursion starting with a tour of Aqaba city and a trip to Wadi (valley) Rum also known as The Valley of the Moon (Arabic: وادي القمر). It is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan 60 km (37 mi) to the east of Aqaba; it is the largest Wadi in Jordan. We had a short drive through the Wadi on our way to lunch in a Bedouin tent. Along the way we saw some camels and a rock feature named “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom”. This is the area in which Lawrence of Arabia fought during the Arab Revolt against the Turks during the First World War. Incidentally this is also the name of the book written by Lawrence as an autobiographical account of his participation in the Arab Revolt.
Wadi Rum has been used as the filming site for such movies as The Martian with Matt Damon and even one of the Transformers movies.