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Don't book cut-price guides on Jordan walking holidays, says expert

Travellers on walking holidays in Jordan have been urged not to take advantage of cheap desert tour offers.

Wadi Rum has attracted an increasing number of visitors over the past 20 years thanks to its sandstone cliffs, wild landscape and opportunities for desert adventure.

However, cut-price guides operating out of cheap hotels in Petra and Aqaba are putting the site in risk by keeping money away from local conservation efforts, Wanderlust magazine claimed.

Consequently, the publication named the Jordanian location as its number one most-threatened wonder of the world for 2010.

"The awe-inspiring Wadi Rum has the potential to be a world leader in desert ecotourism," Wanderlust said, but added: "Money needs to stay within the community, rather than being siphoned off to the cities."

Travellers booking walking holidays to Wadi Rum with The Adventure Company can be sure that money is going towards sustaining the site. On the Bedouin Trails trip, proceeds from the stay in Dana go to Jordan's Royal Society of the Conservation of Nature.

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