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Exploring the Sands of Arrakis: Dune and Our Trek to Ancient Petra

Posted by Eva Bryan on 15-Mar-2024 10:34:45

As the highly anticipated sequel to the epic blockbuster “Dune” is currently in cinemas and enchanting audiences with its visually stunning cinematography and grand scale, it’s hard not to be captivated by the sweeping desert landscapes that serve as the backdrop to this sci-fi masterpiece. You might not realise that much of the film was shot on location in the deserts of Jordan, adding an extra layer of authenticity to its portrayal of the harsh world of Arrakis.

211029-dune-Javier-bardem-Stilgar-se-128p-41142bJavier Bardem as Stilgar in a scene from "Dune."Chia Bella James / Warner Bros.


Jordan’s Wadi Rum Valley, also known as the Valley of the Moon, stands magnificently as the brutal desert planet Arrakis. This isn’t the first time Wadi Rum has graced the silver screen; it has been a favoured filming site for Hollywood productions for decades. From the iconic “Lawrence of Arabia” to recent blockbusters like “The Martian” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”, the vast, otherworldly landscapes of Wadi Rum have lent themselves perfectly to portraying distant planets and epic adventures.


The allure of Wadi Rum doesn’t end with its cinematic appearances. This stunning desert landscape is a UNESCO world Heritage Site, rich in history and natural beauty. It has been inhabited for over 12,000 years, leaving behind a legacy of rock art, inscriptions and archaeological wonders that speak to its ancient past.




For adventurers seeking to immerse themselves further into the mystique of Jordan’s deserts, our Trek to Ancient Petra offers an unparalleled opportunity. Starting at Dana, we follow the footsteps of the ancient Bedouins along the Jordan Trail, crossing a landscape of breathtaking diversity. From gentle hills to rugged mountains and sandstone canyons, every step reveals a new facet of Jordan’s natural beauty. As we journey through rift valleys, we are surrounded by the timeless grandeur of the desert, feeling the weight of history all around us.


Our trek culminates in the legendary city of Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Carved into the rosy-hued cliffs, we walk through the narrow canyon known as the Siq, emerging into a world of towering facades and ancient tombs. As we explore the labyrinth streets of Petra, it’s impossible not to feel a sense of awe and wonder, every corner holding a new discovery in this ancient city.




Whether exploring the fictional world of Arrakis or trekking in the real-life landscapes of Jordan, this scenery has the power to transform, mesmerize and excite. So, join us for this out-of-this-world challenge and write your own epic story!


Experience Ancient Petra



Denis Villeneuve’s Dune (2021)