Jordan - Aqaba, Wadi Rum &the Desert Highway (Chapter)
This is the Aqaba, Wadi Rum & the Desert Highway chapter from Lonely Planet’s Jordan guidebook.
Southern Jordan is the home to the unforgiving Southern Desert, a quintessential landscape of sand dunes, oases and weathered escarpments, beautiful at sunset and awe-inspiringly extreme in midsummer. A trip to Wadi Rum makes all but the most unromantic at heart long to leave the modern world behind and attempt the life of a nomad. And that’s possible – at least for a day or two amid the camps of Rum and Diseh, on camel back, by 4WD or floating above in a hot-air balloon. Nearby Aqaba, together with neighbouring diving centres, give access to another of Jordan’s natural splendours: the coral gardens of the Red Sea.
- don mask and flippers and hover with the pipe fish over spectacular coral gardens in the Red Sea
- taste fresh tuna steaks in one of the excellent fish restaurants of Aqaba
- relax at one of Jordan’s southerly coastal resorts and enjoy the three ‘S’s (sun, sea and sand)
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Aqaba, South Coast, Wadi Rum, Diseh, The Desert Highway, Ma’An, Qatrana and Qatrana.
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