We left Petra this morning but not without a short stop about five miles outside the city to visit “Little Petra.” Little Petra was not an actual city like Petra itself, but rather was a resting point for caravans that traveled to Petra from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc. Although much smaller it was still impressive.
Our real destination today was Wadi Rum (and then on to Aqaba). Wadi Rum is a spectacularly scenic desert valley in the southeast of Jordan. This area of Jordan is quite isolated and largely inhospitable to settled life. The only permanent inhabitants are several thousand Bedouin nomads and villagers. There is no real infrastructure, leaving the area quite unspoiled. Apart from the Bedouin goat hair tents, the only structures are a few concrete shops and houses.
Joan and I took a three hour tour in a 4 x 4 that was timed to end at sunset. Our driver, Faisal, then made us tea in the typical Bedouin way as the sun dipped and changed the color of the environment. It was truly a memorable experience.
We are now in Aqaba our last stop before heading back to Amman and the journey home. So, this is probably my last post from Jordan. I’m so happy that I have come here. It is a country so important from a historical perspective. The people are warm…just walking down the sidewalk it is not unusual for a passerby to say “Welcome.”
There’s not much to see here in Aqaba. It’s draw is it’s location on the Red sea and nearly a stone’s throw from Egypt, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. It’s a resort city and has Jordan’s only port. I was ready for a break and this little town provided it nicely.