Not far from Petra is Wadi Rum, a unique desert landscape
with rock formations rising out of a huge bed of sand. In many
respects it resembles Monument Valley in the American Southwest.
Having spent 6 weeks hiking and camping in the American
Southwest, I was looking forward to Wadi Rum. I expected to be
totally enchanted. As it turned out, however, I found the experience
to be not particularly to my tastes, largely because the only way to
navigate the area is to book a tour with a company running 4-wheel-drive
So the experience was enjoyable, but not
overwhelming. What I thought might be three or four nights turned
into a one-night stand, since I hastily decided to go to Israel/Palestine
for three of my remaining 5 days in the Middle East.