I love Wadi Rum in Jordan. I find its Martian landscape so unique and interesting. So when my Dad suggested to do a hot air balloon experience in Wadi Rum, of course I jumped at the chance.
We awoke early – it was still dark. The stars were shining bright, and everyone was still sound asleep. We were travelling from Tala Bay you see, and it was going to be about an hour drive.
We got to Wadi Rum at the crack of dawn and the team was busy setting up the balloon ready for take off.
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It wasn’t my first time to hot air balloon, but it was my first time to hot air balloon in Wadi Rum and I couldn’t wait. To be able to see this incredible landscape high up, I knew it was going to be amazing.
Finally, as the sun was rising, we hoped on board and started making our way up.
Up, up and away we went, with the sun chasing us up and the rock formations becoming smaller and smaller every meter we rose.
The view was just magic.
The landscape red, as if you were on mars, but the sky blue – what a wonderful contrast. I felt like an Astronaut flying over mars. Being up there was just so peaceful – no one else but us. The only sound was from the burner to maintain altitude, but otherwise the ride was so calm.
It was a serene experience that I highly recommend. To see Wadi Rum from a hot air balloon is a whole other experience.
If you are interested in a hot air balloon in Wadi Rum, please contact the team at the Royal Aero Sports Club of Jordan. Alternatively, most hotels in Jordan will have a tour desk/office, which can help you book this experience.
The cost is around JD130 (~A$240) for about 50-60 minutes and minimum of 2 people, but best to double check upon booking.
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