Sidi Bouhlel

East of Tozeur is Sidi Bouhlel, and next to it is a canyon where many scenes from Star Wars (and other movies) were filmed. It is also known as Star Wars Canyon.

Entrance

This is the entrance to Star Wars Canyon. The white building is the marabout (tomb of a Muslim saint) of Sidi Bouhlel.

Entrance

Sidi Ben Abbass

This is the marabout of Sidi Ben Abbass, which is just next to Sidi Bouhlel.

Sidi Ben Abbass

Sidi Ben Abbass

Sidi Ben Abbass looks out over the desert and the Chott el-Jerid salt lake in the distance. The green thing is a date palm plantation.

Sidi Ben Abbass

Sandpeople attack

On top of this rock is where the scene of the sandperson attacking Luke was filmed.

Sandpeople attack

Cliff

This is the part of Star Wars Canyon where scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark were filmed. Indy threatened to blow up the Ark at this location. Also, in the distance is the cliff in Star Wars, where Luke and Obi-Wan stand to look out over Mos Eisley.

Cliff

Canyon

This is the far end of Star Wars canyon.

Canyon

Looking back

It is a long and hot walk up the canyon.

Looking back

End of canyon

This is the backdrop to the scene where the sandpeople were taking aim at Luke's landspeeder.

End of canyon

End of canyon

Another look at the desert beyond the end of the canyon.

End of canyon

Star Wars Canyon

We walked along the top of the canyon to the end, and then descended into the canyon for the walk back.

Star Wars Canyon

Erosion

This rock in the canyon was especially interesting. It was eroded in sheets, like puff pastry. There were also many fossils of shells in the canyon.

Erosion

Viewing

The rock from which Luke looks through his macrobinoculars at the sandpeople. (I'm not sure if this is the correct place.)

Viewing

English patient house

A scene from The English Patient was filmed here.

English patient house

Artoo's hiding spot

Artoo was hiding here until Obi-Wan came to rescue Luke.

Artoo's hiding spot

Encounter with Ben

This is the scene where the landspeeder was parked and Luke was lying unconscious in the foreground.

Encounter with Ben

Looking up canyon

This is the location where Luke and See-Threpio first find Artoo, after he ran away from the Lars Homestead.

Looking up canyon

Jawa rock

Returning back to the carpark, we arrive at the rock of our final stop.

Jawa rock

Jawa rock

This is the rock behind which the Jawas hid to ambush R2-D2.

Jawa rock

Sidi Bouhlel

Sidi Bouhlel as viewed from Jawa Rock.

Sidi Bouhlel

Entrance

Another shot of Sidi Bouhlel and the entrance to Star Wars canyon. Next stop, the salt lake and the Lars homestead.

Entrance

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