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A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

The many reasons why this fascinating country should be on your travel bucket list… and a complete guide for your trip.

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Day 4 – 7: Glamping in Petra

Once you’ve thoroughly explored Petra, keep the adventure alive by going glamping. Staying at a conventional hotel would, IMHO, ruin the adventurous feeling of Petra. So grab your bags and head to one of these stylish glamping hotels to have an experience your friends will drool over:

The Rock Camp

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

Welcome to The Rock

The Rock Camp in Petra is a beautiful glamping site, 15 min north of Petra’s center, surrounded by gorgeous mountains that glitter at night. This rocky terrain provides a perfect setting for glamping.

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

The handmade Bedouin tents

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

Lounging at The Rock Camp

This site is also of historical significance as it marks the place of the start of the evolution of the Nabataean Empire, making this another site that history lovers cannot miss. The camp includes 15 handmade Bedouin tents that will allow you to experience the nomadic lifestyle in style. Inside, they’re surprisingly comfortable.

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

Inside the tent

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

The Rock Camp is lit up at night

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

One of several lounge areas at The Rock Camp

Your hosts will cook dinner for you, there are comfortable lounge areas to watch the sunset and play chess, and at night the hills twinkle with the lights of a hundred lanterns. It’s more magical than you could imagine. All you need is a sense of adventure.

Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camp

If you’re looking for a more luxurious glamping experience, venture the hour and a half south to Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camp; you’ll be pleased with what you find.

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

The bathroom facilities are clean and upscale

Love surfing sand dunes? Watching the sun set behind a sea of sand? Immersing yourself in true nomadic culture? Then The Wadi Rum is the place for you! The Wadi Rum is the site of the “Seven Pillars of Wisdom,” a natural structure that is of great significance in ancient Arabic culture. Oh yeah, and it also happens to be the home of an uber-luxurious glamping hotel. If you’re used to staying at luxury hotels, you won’t feel like you’re slumming it here. The floors are wood with rugs, and there are even electrical plugs in the tents (but no wifi).

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

The lounge at Wadi Rum

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

You also have the option of staying in one of their bubble-like tents. I stayed in both and loved each in their own way. Make sure to go on several of the excursions and check out the stunning surrounding area. Tip: they don’t serve alcohol, so bring your own booze!

Next up: What to wear and what to bring…

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Paakhi lives in the United Arab Emirates and is an avid reader of historical fiction. She is a passionate feminist and blogs about politics and feminist issues. She likes to listen to music and document her life in a series of journals she will probably never show to anyone.

Reader Discussion: 72 Comments

  1. Katherine Swift

    Going to an ancient city should be like this! enjoying the culture, soaking up all the history of the land and just basically enjoying it all.

  2. Dana Rosatti

    Thanks for the info.. I actually had no idea it was so easy to get to & there were so many facilities in the area. Yes this is definitely at the top of my bucket list and yes I will get there one day… your information will definitely come in handy when I do ?

  3. Nicky Bryan

    Was in Petra in November 2014. I saw very bad cases of animal abuse (donkeys being electrocuted with tazers, exhausted horses having to race up and down the site, very young children beating animals) Despite the beauty of the site I felt sicknened by the cruelty and the greed of the locals. Petra should be seen but any animal ride should be avoided.

  4. Your guide on Petra is of immense help. I am trying to put together a trip to Petra. I have few questions. Did you book a private vehicle from Amman and drove all the way to Petra or took local vehicle from the hotel to move between Petra, Wadi rum and Amman? The site guides should we take from travel agent or get one from the tourist center? Could you share which travel agent you used in Jordan? Thanks!

  5. Hi. Great post and great tips for Petra. I am thinking to visit Petra in the beginning of 2017 July. I know that is too hot, right? And do you think that one day is too much to visit Amman? I am thinking to do a 3 day trip. Arrive on thursday visit Amman and maybe in the same day travel to Petra. So i would have friday and saturday morning to visit Petra. Do you think that is enough?

  6. Sasha Rosswell

    Hi, I too enjoyed Petra so much, that I am going back next November. I noticed our entry ticket was a day and night ticket. Can you stay in there overnight or just visit at night?

  7. Nancy Musselman

    Very helpful. I don’t have any set plans yet, but do hope to visit Petra sometime, so this guide is perfect for me. Some very interesting info – Thanks for the brilliant article. Keep up the great work, and safe travels! 🙂

  8. Great advice Lucy! Will definitely bookmark this for when I finally get the chance to go there!

  9. Diana Hewitt

    I have not yet been to Petra but my brother has and raved about it. Your way of writing is very easy to read and imagine being there which is a talent and I look forward to you next post. All the best. 🙂

  10. Brenda Nelson

    These are good tips! I didn’t rent a car while I was in Jordan but will keep these in mind since I definitely want to return there with my daughter.

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