It’s easy to see why Ridley Scott picked Wadi Rum as the backdrop for his Oscar-nominated vision of the Red Planet in The Martian; the 278-square-mile expanse of fiery red is about as beautiful and otherworldly as you can get on Earth (it’s nicknamed the ‘Valley of the Moon’ after all). If, like us, the film’s epic panoramas had you craving your own space odyssey, then we’ve picked out a few favorite ways for you to create your own blockbuster experience.
TAKE TO THE SKIES
Get an aerial view of the red planet itself with a hot air balloon ride above the Wadi Rum desert. You’ll be able to imagine what it must be like to land on an alien world as you glide across the endless red-dusted mountains and watch the lunar-like canyons unfold beneath you. This is Mars as you’ve never seen it before.
TREK TO INFINITIY AND BEYOND
You don’t have to be a visionary director like Ridley Scott to imagine yourself on another planet in Wadi Rum. Just a few moments spent on its lunar-like dunes amid towering red mountains and you’ll soon be transported. Follow in the footsteps of the actors themselves and challenge yourself and your fellow explorers with a desert trek through the dramatic red wilderness and scout-out your own set-worthy locations. Just don’t forget your cameraman.
BECOME A DESERT SURVIVOR
It’s hard to know how you would fare alone on Mars—until you find yourself alone in a rose-red desert that is. You’ll need to have your wits about you if you’re going to survive so we’ll help you get space-mission ready with a lesson in desert survival with the local Bedouins who already call the Wadi Rum home. Channel your inner Bear Grylls, push your limits and put your friends and family to the test.
CAMP UNDER THE STARS
We’re sure all budding astronauts spent a good deal of their time stargazing, so there’s only way to spend your nights in Wadi Rum—outside. Stars have always been a source of fascination for man, drawing you in with their promise of intergalactic adventures, and when night falls in Wadi Rum, you’re always guaranteed a stellar show. Fall asleep beneath the glittering canopy and dream of your own final frontiers.