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Things to do for families in Petra
Family vacations in Petra will unleash your childís inner Indiana Jones or Lara Croft prior to studying the stars on an overnight desert camp in Wadi Rum.
Although Petra may appear the preserve of archaeologists itís an adventure playground for the imagination and kids will find plenty to keep themselves occupied as well as warning ropes if they get too 'hands on'. There is always a fair bit of walking involved but if you can break up your time with camel rides, hotel pools (seasonal) and 4WD desert safaris, there are plenty of things to do for families in Petra & Wadi Rum. The distance from Petra to Wadi Rum (about a 2 hour drive) is easily achieved in a day with Bedouin campsites offering untold opportunities to watch stars and fall asleep listening to tales of Arabian nights.
Our Petra and Wadi Rum family Vacations
Family activities in Petra & Wadi Rum
Ride into Wadi Rum
Heading out into Wadi Rum on horseback is a great way to explore at a quicker pace; however, itís probably an activity best left to those who have ridden a fair few times before. Camels offer a much safer option and youíll find a good range of circular trails and longer distances that can be undertaken with a knowledgeable local guide.
Traveling by 4x4
Traveling as a family by 4x4 will take you further into the desert than you ever imagined but you know your kids and should certainly be aware that four hours in a vehicle wonít be appreciated by everyone. Private tours allow you to stop and walk for a bit to break up the journey but, as always, donít forget the hat, shades and sun block.
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Camping in Wadi Rum
Camping in Wadi Rum will be one of those family activities youíll never forget and if youíre feeling brave, opt to sleep outside the tent to really maximise time spent under desert skies. Donít forget that it can get cold at night and even though warm bedding is provided bringing a sleeping bag liner or extra pillow case always adds an extra boost of comfortable familiarity.
More about Petra and Wadi Rum
Check out our temperature & rainfall chart and find out what Responsible Travel recommends when it comes to the best time to visit Petra & Wadi Rum.
Our Petra & Wadi Rum travel guide addresses the issues facing responsible travelers as well as detailing how you can travel like a local in Petra & Wadi Rum including info on food, shopping & people and a brief history of Petra.
Weíve listed our top ten things to do in Petra & Wadi Rum so you can make the most of your time as you learn about everything from Bedouin hospitality to the best place for sunset.
Responsible Travelís top activities invite you to travel beyond Petra and trek the Bedouin trails, visit little Petra by camel and enjoy a hammam in Wadi Musa as well as embarking on a whole host of other Petra & Wadi Rum activities.
If you've ever considered cycling to the sandstone citadel of Petra and onwards to the desert folds of Wadi Rum you might also have asked yourself: is it possible? The short answer is, yes; the more in depth response delves into how fit you have to be, recommended routes and the best time to go.
Our Petra and Wadi Rum travel advice has come straight from the camelís mouth, so to speak, with expert travelers, Thidara Udomritkul and Andrew Appleyard, providing tips on where to go, food & drink, health & safety and how to travel safely in Jordan.
Responsible tourism in Petra & Wadi Rum has been introduced to help you travel right in Jordan with ethical shopping, erosion in Petra and responsible tourism tips all worth paying attention to before and during your trip.
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