The red planet

The otherworldly landscape of Wadi Rum in Jordan, with its strange rock formations and soft red sand, often stands in for the planet Mars in movies

Gingerly, I inch across the stone archway, barely a metre wide at its narrowest.

Below me, far, far below me, the famous dusky red sands of the Wadi Rum desert of Jordan undulate and stretch as far as the eye can see.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 03, 2019, with the headline 'The red planet'. Print Edition | Subscribe