This was a beautiful place tucked away against the mountains in Little Petra. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the meals were incredible. I was a solo traveller and met some great people both nights I stayed. They gave me a great recommendation for a place to stay in Wadi Rum, and also directions to go into Petra through the "back way."
The location of the camp and the hospitality of the owners and the people who run the place are fantastic. It is defiantly your place to stay if you are visiting the area. I recommend going on the hike from the backtrail to Petra as the views are unbelievable.
I admit I had reservations about staying in a tent in the desert, but this camp put my fears to rest. It's located in a beautiful setting in the midst of ancient rock formations. The night sky is truly awesome. I found only one man on the staff who spoke English, but it was never a problem. The tents are really separate rooms, off the ground, with small windows and a door that locks. There is electricty and an outlet for charging as well. The facilities are kept extremely clean and the large gathering area outside with huge campfire is fun to sit around and visit with others. Food is served buffet style in a big indoor space and is tasty although it's the same each day and sometimes they run low or even out of some things, like hardboiled eggs. It reall;y was a great experiene!…
Although the location is great for walking into Petra through the back entrance the evening we spent at Ammarin Desert camp was not relaxing. 'Obligatory' cultural experience made my skin creep. The host was invasive and loud and supplied us with erroneous information about walking in Petra. However, the tent was comfortable and we were very warm.
If you are not sure what you'd like to do during your visit to this amazing area, atsy a night in the Amarin Camp and you will get there all the information you need! If you wish to hike for a few hours or a few days, walk to Petra or .see Bedouin authentic activities, you'll get all the help and be able to start it from here Together with a clean, simple welcoming camp, tasty food that is made by women from the tribe, and amazing story of a cooperative that is held by the people from the Ammarin tribe. A perfect model of Ecotourism, worth staying and contributing to this local families.
We had a marvelous stay with the Bedouins in the Ammarin Camp. Dinner was delicious and our hosts were amazing, they showed us how do roast coffee and explained a lot about their culture. We would have loved to extend our stay and definitly will come back!
I'm really glad we stayed here for a couple reasons: 1. The location allowed us to take a quick visit to Little Petra, which was a great appetizer for visiting Petra the next day. 2. The location is very beautiful, and the facilities are ecofriendly 3. Most of all, the location allowed us to do Petra the "backway" which was absolutely fantastic, and a wonderful way to do it. 4. Marcella, the manager on duty was really nice and had really great insights on Petra That said, there were some cons: 1. The food was not delicious. It definitely tasted like mass produced tourist food. 2. We stayed in June, when it's very hot. After a day in Petra, when all you want to do is shower, cool down and relax, we had to wait a few hours before going back to the camp because it was just too hot in the tent before 6pm. 3. The first of the two nights we were there a tourist group from a hotel came in for what seemed like a "bedouin dinner experience" kind of thing. There were a couple issues with this: ---the people that were bused in for this are exactly the kind of group-tour tourist I am trying to avoid. Having a communal dinner with them was awkward and uncomfortable. Quite honestly they were so rude, presumptuous and offensive that we left to go back to our tent. --- Because it's a small area and in a valley, we could still hear everything that was going on. There was then singing and a cultural show that was so performative, it made my skin crawl.…
The idea of staying in a bedouin camp is absolutely a must when visiting Petra. However, Ammarin Camp lack the very basic needs. The beds are rather uncomfortable, the showers mostly with cold water and no soap, the big camp for having dinner and breakfast is so uncomfortable having to sit on a very low cushion. If they want to attract visitors of all ages, these basic things have to be adjusted. I have experienced other camps but this one by far is the worst ever!
It was very nice to stay there. The location is amazing. Hidden between rocks. The nights can be cold, as we stayed in March but the duvet was enough. Be prepared that there is no heating! Food was very good and the host was the best - very friendly and helpful.
Ohh where should I start with my review to this place. I believe words can't express this magical place. It's a wonder of this world. it's a hidden gem. It's the only camp in the archioligical site of Petra. 1200 people live out of the income of this camp. It's a cooperation, non profit, non commercial. Everything is simple, yet very rich. It's one of my favorite spots to visit in jordan. I love to spend my nights in this camp, if I am visiting Petra or taking tourists or friends to visit the rose city. The people working are very generous and authentic. Food is delicious cooked by a woman, who has been cooking all the meals for the whole camp since it was established. The surrounding nature is unbelievable and out of this world. You could spend hours just to look at the surrounding mountains, and not get sick of it. Star gazing here is phenomenal, as there is no pollution. I swear I could write pages on this place describing my experiences and memories I have had in this place with the people working and friends and tourists i spent time with. MUST VISIT if you come to Petra. Remember if you stay there, it's not going to the pocket of some rich business owner, it's going to support families with kids, women and men. Thank you Ammarin tribe for keeping this place as beautiful as it is. Thank you for your hospitality. Much love ❤️ من أين استطيع أن أبدأ في الكتابة عن هذا المكان. أنا مؤمن أن الكلمات لا تسطيع أن تعبر أو توفي بوصف هذا المكان الساحر. هو من عجائب الدنيا. هو من الكنوز المخبأة بالأردن. هو المخيم الوحيد المرخص داخل حدود المواقع الأثريه. ألف ومئتين شخص يعيشون من ايرادات المخيم من قبيلة العمارين. جمعيه تدير أعمال المخيم و هي غير ربحية. كل شيء بسيط او لكن غني جداً. إنه من الأماكن المفضله إلى قلبي في الاردن. أحب أن أقضي لياليي في هذا المخيم في حال كنت زائر البتراء. العاملين بالمخيم لطيفين جداً او كريمين او مضيافين. الطعام لذيذ وطازج وبدوي تقوم مرأة كبيرة بالسن بتحضيره كل ليلة من يوم تأسيس المخيم. لا يمكن أن تصدق الطبيعة الجميلة التي تحيط بالمخيم. يمكنك أن تجلس لتشاهد الجبال المحيطة بالمخيم لساعات ولن تمل من المنظر. مشاهدة النجوم في الليل شيء رائع بحيث أن المخيم بعيد عن التلوث والضوضاء. أقسم أن استطيع أن اكتب صفحات عن هذا المخيم أوصف بها تجاربي وزياراتي. انصح جداً بزيارة المخيم. وتذكر أنك باقامتك هناك أنت تساعد عائلة على العيش الكريم ولست تقوم بزيادة غنى سحب مخيم غني بالأصل. عشيرة العمارين أشكركم على استضافتكم لي ولضيوفي دائماً…