Wonders of Petra and Wadi Rum

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The region has been inhabited as early as 7000 BC but more permanent settlements likely appeared around 4000 BC. Petra became Nabathean capital around 2000 BC. Nabatheans were nomadic Bedouins who lived in the area. Petra was strategically located on the main trading route between Arabia and Levant. Levant was a general area of present day Israel, Palestine, Syria and Jordan. Initially, the tribes probably just plundered caravans, but then permanent settlements grew into a trading hub and a rest stop. Nabatheans learned how to collect valuable water and carve stones. Nabathean Kingdom deteriorated during its Roman times, as trading routes shifted to the sea. After Roman rule there were periods of temporary revival and neglect. Some churches were built during Byzantine rule and crusaders. After crusaders left the area, the city was lost to the western world till 19th century. It was rediscovered in 1812. It is considered to be one of the wonders of the world. The movie shows a trip from Israel to Jordan, to visit Petra and Wadi Rum valley. The trip was organized by Desert Eco Tours. The route begins from crossing the border at Eilat-Aqaba point, then includes exploration of Petra on foot, camels and horses. Wadi Rum valley is visited on the way back to Aqaba, before crossing the border. Wadi Rum is also called Moon Valley for its surreal feel. Many movies have been shot there, including Lawrence of Arabia, The Martian, Star Wars.....



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