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PO Box 164, Petra / Wadi Musa, 00962, Jordan
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one night, two days in Petra from Amman

by twostep

I arrive in Amman the evening of 2 November, and would like to travel to Petra early on the 3rd, and return on the 4th. I could take the Jett bus there and back, and schedule my own hotel for the night, but is that the best approach? I have not found 2 days tours. If I do my own scheduling, is it hard getting around Petra once there? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Cheers

Re: one night, two days in Petra from Amman

by twostep

Correction, I arrive on 2 December. :-)

Re: one night, two days in Petra from Amman

by cachaseiro

Once you are by Petra it´s quite easy to get around.
The entrance is walking distance from town and inside Petra it´s easy to find your way as long as you are prepared for a lot of walking.
Doing it by yourself should not be any problem at all.

Re: one night, two days in Petra from Amman

by JohntheFinn

Cachaseiro's right, as long as you're reasonably fit you are better off doing Petra on your own. Just be sure to get a reasonable map.

Your idea of spreading your Petra visit over two days is good. It's a large area with too many hills to walk up and down in one day if you want to visit all the main sights.

Re: one night, two days in Petra from Amman

by KakapoTheParrot

Assuming you'll be in Wadi Musa overnight, try to give the town a little time too. It's not a bad place for a wander around. There's a great bar in a cave near the visitor centre where you buy your tickets. The drinks are a bit expensive but the experience is worthwhile :-)

If you go without a guide, make sure you have a decent guide book. There's so much to see that you can't hope to take it all in. Pick out the bits you most want to visit, but mostly you'll probably just enjoy wandering and exploring.

Re: one night, two days in Petra from Amman

by Cachanilla

I went to Petra last year.... it seems to be a safe place... so you should be OK going on your own.... be ready to walk a lot, but it's worth it.... take a backpack with you with water and snacks....

Re: one night, two days in Petra from Amman

by twostep

Thanks you all for your suggestions. I'm pretty fit, so hiking is fine. And the suggestion on a place to go for a drink later was great too. Any other suggestions on that, or restaurants, would be appreciated. Cheers!

Travel Tips for Petra

Bring a good tour book !!!!

by jlanza29

As you approach the entrance of Petra you will be surrounded by people offering guided tours ... I have nothing against that. I believe that sometimes they actually can tell you some things you can't find in books, but most of them just memorize the big sights and recite them to you. They charge anywhere from 30 to 40 JOD that's about $50 to $60 US dollars. If your in a group then have everyone chip in then that's great, but if you get yourself a good lonely planet or in my case "The rough guide to Jordan" you'll have more than enough information as you visit the different site inside Petra. and there wouldn't be a need to hire a guide !!!!


by antistar

Although it may seem that most of the Bedouin at Petra are just there to get your money, they aren't unfriendly, mostly aren't too much of a hassle, and they do add a lot of colour to the already amazing landscape of Petra. One of my favourite pictures of my trip was of these two Bedouin children, high up in the mountains above the city, on the way to the Al Deir temple. The little boy's English was extremely good, and I got him to stop trying to persuade me to buy trinkets for 10 dollars each by posing for this picture for half a dinar. It was worth every fil.

The Bedouins

by Djinn76

I had in mind the classical cliché from Hollywood. I was imagining the Bedouins as a bunch of independent people raiding proudly in the desert. That was maybe true in the past but doesn’t hold true anymore.
They are now settled in a concrete village without any charm located close to Little Petra, 1-2 kilometers away and they are commuting every day to the main site.

They are almost exclusively living from the tourism. In the worst cases, that simply turns them on to beggars trying to sell you their souvenirs or services. This is the annoying part of Petra, at every major attraction; you will almost be harassed by a bunch of Bedouins trying to sell their stuff!

My guidebook doesn’t stop praising their hospitality and it’s true they are friendly but at the end you can never know if they do it for fun or with an interested goal in mind…

At least take your time and try to talk to them, don’t rush through every site to be seen, maybe you’ll have a better impression than the first one…

Al Keznah

by seratonin

When visiting Petra, you have to see the Treasury or "Al Keznah" in arab.
Its almost impossible to miss this famous site in Petra, as its just on the end of the "Siq", a small canyon which builds the entrance to the Petra site.
The Keznah is a ancient, nabatean tomb. His exterior looks beautiful. The entirior is only a rectangular room, without any ornaments. Climb up the rocks opposite of the Keznah to have a nice view of the monument from above!


by freya_heaven

Many of the buildings were homes to local Bedouin people until the mid 1980's. They were then moved to a new village in the north, a decision they were not happy with.

There are still a few Bedouin families living within the site of Petra, who make their living from the various drink stalls, and selling bits of pottery to tourists


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