Candles Hotel

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Po Box 181, 200M Off The Entrance of Petra, Petra / Wadi Musa, Jordan
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  • Couples45
  • Solo75
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Basin restaurant interiorBasin restaurant interior

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Forum Posts

Cairo To The Dead Sea

by isleynicole

What is the best way to get there? We are flying in to Cairo from America to see the pyramids and I wanted to take a quick trip to Jordan to see the Dead Sea. What is the easiest and least expensive way to go?

Re: Cairo To The Dead Sea

by cachaseiro

You can fly between Cairo and Amman and the dead sea is only about an hour away by car from Amman.

If you go by land/ferry then you need at least 2-3 days for the trip.
If you decide to do that then you need to drive to Nuweiba in Sinai and take a ferry from there to Aquaba and then drive from there to the dead sea.

Re: Cairo To The Dead Sea

by IndianPacific

You ask this in the Petra forum but ask about the Dead Sea. If you have little time I would definitely recommend you to visit Petra rather than the Dead Sea.

Re: Cairo To The Dead Sea

by painterdave

Check the news today and yesterday for Egypt. Jan. 28.

Travel Tips for Petra


by Helga67

No site in Jordan captures the visitor's imagination and takes his breath away as dramatically as Petra. The amount of labour involved in carving the magnificent structures in the colourful soft rock boggles the mind.

Toilette Facilities & Site Management

by hambone47

Petra is an incredible destination. It must be on everyone's life list. But, it has some problems that you should know about. The Jordanian government lets the local Bedoins run the site -- although they are very friendly, they dont make good managers. No toilette facilities. There were 2 toilets near "The Treasury" that were both locked (and I did not see any more) the 2 days we were there. So, the thousands of daily visitors to the site had to find alternate places to relieve themselves (usually in caves that literally took your breath away when you entered them). 2. Maps & documentation. When we paid our 31 JDs for entry, no map or brochure was provided. We had to go to the information booth and the man would only give us one map for 4 people.
3. Signage. No signs on the trails. Small markers should be painted on the rocks to direct you along the trails so you dont get lost. So, you have to hire the locals to show you where everything is located (which is fine, I guess).
4. Security. No one at the entrance asked us to see our tickets when we entered the site. So, we could have just walked into it without paying.

Its clear that the Government of Jordan wants the local Bedoin tribes to run the concessions and provide guiding services to the tourists. I dont have a problem with that. But, this site needs a proper manager to run it. Petra deserves to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World -- I will never forget it. But, it needs competent management or its reputation will recede.

I mentioned these 4 issues to a local business owner in Petra and he said that Petra residents had serious concerns about the competence of the Petra management and suggested I contact the Jordan Tourist board about them -- which I did. I will mention one thing that I did notice about Petra -- there was daily garbage/trash collection -- so, there wasnt mountains of garbage all over the site. Breathtaking beauty.

Comfort stations!

by TheWanderingCamel

There are decent toilets in Petra but they are strung out, so it is a good idea to make use of any that you see.

You can find them at the Visitors' Centre before you start off, a little bit below the theatre on the other side of the valley, inside the Basin restaurant down the bottom and round beside the Qasr el Bint.

If you get taken short in between, it is really better to find a convenient rock to hide behind rather than use one of the tombls. Some of them smell very nasty, since the smells don't dissipate in the enclosed space. Rocks are better!

Posted by Lulu

A little history

by Helga67

The Nabateans first came here in the 6th century BC, and for many years their capital was here. They gained control of lucrative trade routes and carved their edifices into the colourful stone at Petra (which actually means 'stone' in ancient Greek).
The Nabateans enjoyed centuries of prosperity in their city of stone. Earthquakes in 363 and 747 caused severe damage, and Petra was cut off from the West for over 1000 years. The Beduin who lived among the stones guarded their secret place, refusing entry to outsiders until 1812, when a Swiss explorer entered Petra and published his stories.

How long to spend in Petra?

by Djinn76

A visit to Petra can be quite modular :

1) Walk through the siq to the Treasury and come back
-> you could take the classical picture and tell everyone you have been to Petra. Indeed I'm wondering how many tourists are chosing this option.

2) Siq + Treasury + Royal tombs + Theatre+ Roman city
You can easily do that in less than a day. I'd bet that's what most of tourist in a hurry are doing!
You already have a good feeling of the area but you are still missing something.

3) See Point 2) + Climb up to the Monastery
If you arrive early, you can eventually do everything in a single day but that would be a long one!
In this case, you could still rent a donkey to climb to the monastery...

4) See point 3) + High Place
That's slightly less than what I've done. Two days are needed.

5) See point 4) + some more hiking
More than 2 days. A classical add-on would be to walk to Aaron mount (1 day hike)...

Also note that two half-days in Petra are not the same as 1 day:
- first, 1-2km walk through the Siq to arrive to the Treasury
- around, Roman Theatre and Royal tombs
- the roman city is still 1-2km away
- the path to the Monastery is located close to this city.

This would be more relaxing to do it in two half-day but assuming you are climbing to the Monastery, that means you would have to walk again to the end of the site on the second half-day...


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