Wadi Rum, the colorful, iconic desert valley many of us know from watching Lawrence of Arabia. It remains the land of the Bedouins who move their tents of woven goat hair, the season depending. Whether they make their way camel by day or pickup by night, they seem to know the placement of every rock and every turn across the sand.
Their land is also the land of some unusual rock formations. Open the panorama to full screen to see for yourself what it’s like to stand atop the Wadi Rum rock bridge and look out over the desert below.
360-Degree Panorama: Walking the Rock Bridge in Wadi Rum, Jordan
When you’ve finished climbing rock bridges, but are still feeling a wee adventurous, take a ride on the back of a camel. To really test your resolve — and the toughness of your bum — ask your guide to take the camels into a gallop. It may take several days for your rearend to recover, but you’ll have a whole new respect for both the animals and their masters. And when you look out across the desert, consider the thousand-camel caravans that once crossed the valley.
The golden sand and red rocks form the heart of the land that is Wadi Rum, but it’s the Bedouin people living there — as they have done for ages — that give it its soul.