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Wadi Araba Desert, Aqaba

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#4 of 8 in Nature in Jordan
Desert Nature / Park
The vast expanse of Wadi Araba Desert--a part of the Great Rift Valley that stretches from Aqaba to the Dead Sea--features a pristine semi-arid and sandy landscape. A number of tourist agencies in Aqaba offer tours of the desert, which you can brave on foot, in a jeep, or even on the back of a horse or camel. Enjoy the tranquility of the remote uninhabited desert while you roam among sand dunes and interesting rock formations. Most of the guided tours offer a chance to camp out in the desert overnight and visit a Bedouin camp. Put Wadi Araba Desert into our Aqaba vacation trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • As in most places... Entry with 5 iodine cheap, for it is turned on all for lots of money then...
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  • The experience is different at all. The accommodation in one of the camps, without the comforts of a hotel, nice people, dinner place and above all desert, with its colors at dusk and dawn, as well as walking at night with flashlights, is exceptional. If you can, the off-road ride is fun and highly recommended. Visit essential.
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  • Loved our tour to this region of Jordan. The place is a moon scape. We were lucky to get off the beaten track and experience some wonderful scenery and have tea with the Bedouins. The shifting sands a...  more »

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Where to stay in Aqaba

Aqaba has a smattering of luxury hotels and a few classy chains, while a range of budget accommodations suitable for diving-oriented vacations cluster along the northern side of the city. Family-oriented mid-range hotels are grouped close to the marina. The resort makes a popular spot for Jordanians and Gulf tourists from October through March. During summer season (June-September), especially on weekends and public holidays, it is advisable to book in advance.
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