Petra and Wadi Rum

Two weekends ago (yep, I’m late in writing this), we had a CLS overnight excursion to Petra and Wadi Rum. It was an amazing weekend that finished entirely too fast!

Petra

We left from Amman and drove to Petra, which is a 3 hour ride, but our bus broke twice, so the time was a bit longer. When we finally got there, however, it was worth the wait because Petra is amazing! Listed as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Petra is famous for its architecture cut directly from its rose-colored rocks. It was the capital city of the Nabataeans, though was abandoned in 106 AD.

One of its main sights is Al Khazneh (“The Treasury”), which is an elaborate temple carved from the rocks. It was so amazing to see such a huge structure that was carved out of rocks. I felt tiny in comparison to the massive temple!

The inhabitants of this area are mainly Bedul Bedouins, who have ancestors from this area. Many of the Beduls there give tours, run restaurants and stores, and give camel rides in Petra. They, therefore, live and work there.

We became friends with a little boy, Sulieman, who lives in Petra, and he accompanied us the whole day, showing us the best routes. Sulieman is one of the cutest children I have ever met and he taught me so much about the area. He told me that his dream is to become a tour guide, and I have no doubt that he will make an excellent one in the future.

We got to see a lookout point of a gorgeous view of the surrounding mountains and then saw the monastery. The best part was that no one was really there at this time (since it is during Ramadan), so we got to climb the monastery to the roof! That was truly an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience.

It was pretty late by the time we finished in Petra, so we hugged Sulieman goodbye and then got to Wadi Rum.

Wadi Rum

We were staying in Wadi Rum in a “traditional” Bedouin camp, though it was more of a very fancy tourist “glamping” (glamorous camping— there were beds and bathrooms). We did, though, have delicious food and learn some dance steps from the men working there.

Some people and I in the program hung out late into the night– until 5 AM– and then had to wake up at 5:30 to go watch the sunrise! We got into pick up trucks and drove through the sand to first watch the sunrise and then see some various spots in the desert. We came back for a quick breakfast and then headed back to Amman, exhausted.

It was a wonderful trip and the desert was gorgeous! It reminded me of the desert I visited in Oman, but this was more hilly with large rocks breaking up the landscape. Both are truly gorgeous!