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  • Writer's pictureErin West

Wadi Rum: A Journey to the Mars-Like Landscape of Jordan

Updated: Feb 23


Step 1. Read the expressions on the slide. Do you know what they mean?

the desert valley of Wadi Rum in Jordan
The Mars-like landscape of Wadi Rum, Jordan

Step 2. Read the article and say why Jordan's landscape is referred to as Mars-like (=related to the planet Mars).

When we think of travel destinations, embarking on a journey to another planet rarely crosses our minds. However, there's a place on Earth that seems like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. The place is called Wadi Rum, a breathtaking desert valley in Jordan. It is often referred to as the Valley of the Moon, and it offers a truly unique and Mars-like landscape that is nothing short of extraordinary.

The Mars-Like Landscape of Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum's landscape is the primary draw for adventurers and nature enthusiasts. With its vast stretches of red dunes, towering sandstone mountains, and mesmerizing rock formations, it's no wonder that Wadi Rum served as the backdrop for the film "The Martian," starring Matt Damon. The striking resemblance to the surface of Mars has made this destination a magnet for filmmakers and those seeking an otherworldly experience.

The Mars-like terrain is rife with opportunities for exploration and adventure. Visitors can take jeep tours across the sands, go rock climbing on the cliffs, or even opt for a hot air balloon ride that provides a bird's-eye view of this fascinating landscape.

Cultural Richness

Wadi Rum isn't just about its natural wonders; it also has a rich cultural history. Various civilizations have inhabited the desert for centuries. Their archaeological treasures are carved into the rock formations.

Bedouin communities have called this desert home for generations. Travelers can experience their warm hospitality and traditional way of life.

Wadi Rum is an escape into a realm that feels otherworldly, where you can disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse yourself in nature's artistry. So, if you're ready for an adventure that truly stands out, Wadi Rum should be your choice. The journey to a Martian landscape on Earth will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Step 3. Match the phrases from the article with the definitions.

  1. to embark on a journey

A. it's not surprising

2. to cross one's mind

B. to select a particular option

3. it's no wonder

C. (about an idea) to briefly enter your thoughts

4. the striking resemblance

D. the remarkable similarity

5. to be rife with smth

E. to become deeply involved in smth

6. to opt for smth

F. to be full of smth

7. to immerse oneself in smth

G. to start a trip

Step 4. Answer the question: Have you ever been to Jordan? If not, would you like to visit Wadi Rum? Why? Try to use the expressions from Step 3. Leave your answers in the comments section. Thanks for your work.



Step 3.








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