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Valley of the Moon

By Linda Tancs

Popularly referred to as the Valley of the Moon for its alien-looking landscape, Wadi Rum (Arabic for “sand valley”) is a protected desert wilderness in southern Jordan. Virtually all of its inhabitants are of Bedouin origin, the Zalabia tribe being largely responsible for tourism services like jeep and camel tours. It’s prized for its sunsets, offering both summer and winter sites for the best views. Other landmarks are the towering sandstone mountains, the ancient inscriptions at Alameleh and Anfashieh and many sand dunes and canyons for trekking.

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