Best time to visit Petra & Wadi Rum

Best time to visit Petra & Wadi Rum


temperature & rainfall

December, January and February are fairly extreme with rain and snow often forecast and night time temps plummeting below freezing in Wadi Rum. April / May and October / November are much more pleasant for hiking and cycling, although this isn’t a secret so expect to share some space. Spring and autumn are considered the best time to visit Petra and Wadi Rum but if you don’t mind early starts or wrapping up to gaze at star-filled skies then fortune favours the brave. Pack lots of layers alongside sun cream, shades, floppy hat and hiking boots.

Best time to visit Petra & Wadi Rum


RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL RECOMMENDS

Andrew Appleyard, qualified archaeologist as well as international sales manager for our supplier Exodus, shares his best time to visit Petra and Wadi Rum:

“Visiting Petra during the winter gives the sandstone a much more distinct colour variation whilst in the summer months of June, July and August it's virtually washed out and non-existent. Also, different times of the day offer variations on light with the Treasury in shade during the morning and bathed in sunlight from around midday onwards. Getting up early, around 5am, is the best way to beat the crowds and the heat when visiting Petra.”
Photo credits: [Temp chart: Lawrence Murray] [Andrew quote: Paul Stocker]
Written by Chris Owen
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