there are many wooden chairs lying along Petra, specially at the Bab Al Siq and the Siq Proper and beyond the street of facades for the weary tourists and locals, who can spend a couple of minutes to rest or drink refreshments while embarking on this magnificent Petra Tour. The Chairs provide some comfort for the travellers and there are even trash cans and smoking areas in these areas of Petra too.
Fondest memory: Several Wooden Chairs abound in Petra which you can use to rest and relax
Limonana is a kind of lemonade using fresh lemon juice with lots of blended mint leaves. It can be made like a juice, or blended in a blender as a smoothie or even as a sorbet. Limonana actually originated here in Jordan and Israel in the 1990's and due to it's taste and uniqueness, caught on and became popular in other areas of the middle east and you can even find it at restaurants and bars here at Petra and is often spiked with alcohol to make it a cocktail.
Fondest memory: limonana will cost JD 3 at restaurants and if spiked with alcohol as a cocktail, then at JD 7.
The Keffiyeh is the iconic Head Scarf worn in Jordan, Palestine and Iraq since the 17th century and is now popular worldwide. being in Petra in Jordan, one must buy this iconic head gear which you can use as a covering for your head or as a shawl to cover your hands while walking along thew Siq and around the Petra Archeological Complex. You can buy the keefiyeh at assorted souvenir shops along wadi musa and Petra and it sometimes comes with the Agat (the head rope) and there are different colors like red, white, black, blue and have different materials.
Prices are from JD 5 to 8 without the agat head rope and JD 4 to 7 without the head rope.
Fondest memory: the keffiyeh can be used as a covering, a shawl or a head gear while travelling along petra.
It is best to visit Petra in the late winter or Spring (february to April) as spring in Jordan and in Petra in particular is short at 1 1/2 to just 1 month) so that you would not be easily dehydrated and weary of the walking and going around the complex and around the Sig and visitors center. the temperature here during these times are from 5 degrees Celsius (43 Fahrenheit) to 22 degrees celsius (65 fahrenheit) but be careful as sometimes they are heat waves occuring during spring and on the day we went to Petra in April, there is actually a heat wave and the temperature rose up to 34 degrees celsius (93 fahrenheit).
Fondest memory: The best time to see Petra, especially if you’re planning to take photographs, is either early to mid-morning or late afternoon, when the angled sun highlights and enhances the amazing natural colours of the rocks.
the Jordanian Dinar is the main Currency of Jordan. The current exhange rate of 1 Jordan Dinar (JD) is pegged at 1.40 US Dollar (US $). The dinar is divided into 10 dirham, 100 qirsh (also called piastres) or 1000 fils. The Banknotes are 1 dinar, 5 dinar, 10 dinar, 20 dinar and 50 dinar denominations and the coins are ½, 1 qirsh, 2½, 5, 10 piastres, ¼, ½, 1 dinar denominations.
there are money exhange shops in the entrance to petra and around the wadi musa area where you can change your local currencies into Jordanian Dinars.
Fondest memory: Although most of the Souvenir Shops and Commercial establishments in Petra and Wadi Musa accept foreign currencies like the US Dollar and the Euro, it is still better if you have Jordanian Dinars in your pocket as people here give loose change in Jordanian Dinar coins even you you pay them in US Dollars.
There are different entrance fees to Petra, depending on where you are coming from, the one day visitor pass to Jordan (usually coming from Israel, Syria or Saudi Arabia) will cost JD 90, the 1 day pass if staying in Jordan is JD 50, the two day pass at JD 55 and the 3 day pass at JD 60, included in the ticket price is free horse ride from the entrance to the entrance to the Siq (about 600 meters) although the horse riders usally asks for big tips of JD 5 to 10.
You can buy the tickest at the Visitors Center Located at the Entrance of the Park or will be given by your tour guide if on a package tour.
Petra National Park is open from:
Open 06:00 am - close 16:00 (winter time)
Open 06:00 am – close 18:00 (summer time)
Jordanians, resident card holders and students with valid Jordanian University ID - 1JD per entry
All children under 12 - Free
Fondest memory: website: www.petrapark.com
Fax : 0096232157091
Phone : 0096232157093
My name is Claudia and I just got back from Petra, in Jordan. The site it's awesome and really worth a visit.
You can including go from Israel or Egypt because it's easy an close by. I went there crossing the border in Eilat, Israel, after a visit to Jerusalem.
It's a very good idea to sleep in Petra, and not just go there for a day trip, to travel or camping around. I asleep in a hotel call Sunset Hotel that charges a fair price for a good service (30 dinars for a twin room) and started to discover Petra at morning before 8 o'clock before all the tourists get there. Also, if you sleep in Petra you have a big discount on the entrance ticket and, instead of pay 90 dinars, you pay 50 dinars.
I met some awesome Bedouin people and I can recommend a company call Bedouin Discovery, that is unique because all the members are 'the real Bedouin' that lived in the caves in the past and know all about the culture and history of Petra and around.
You can include send them an email before you get there and I am sure they can organize a car to pick you up on the border cheaper than the taxi there. You can send Mohamed an email on firstname.lastname@example.org or skipe him using the username bedouindiscovery. He is an amazing guide, speaks very good English and have tons of jokes to make you laugh a lot.
Bedouin Discovery is a family business and everybody is so kind and helpful _ with huge positive note for Mousa, a young guy that will do everything possible to make you feel comfortable and at home in the middle of desert. I told him in a conversation before the trip that I like tea with milk and surprisingly, in the middle of desert, he took a can of milk from his bag and gave it to me to add to my tea. It's was a very nice touch that show how much they care about our needs.
Usually I don't recommend any business but this one is special. I am a lady and had just my mom with me and we felt really save with them. The Bedouin Discovery took us to the desert and looked after us so well for such a good price that you would not believe. And they treat my mum with a special attention too.
There are a lot of "agencies" in Petra city (not the ancient city) that will tell you they are Bedouin and blablabla. But do not trust them as all the original Bedouins are living in a village near by call Bedouin Village. The place is amazing and the people too. Go for it and happy trip.
Fondest memory: The sunset at the desert. It's was lovely to see the sun while I had a tea with my mum prepared for a original Bedouin.
The feeling of the sand and the stars in the desert are unforgettable too.
I spent 2 days with Bedouin Discovery and before our trip to the desert they took us to a Cave and cooked a dinner. It's was amazing experience feel how people used to live in Petra years ago.
I am interested in know all about the culture of people and the Bedouins really got into my heart. Such a lovely people and lovely habits.
Like they say: 'The desert it's a hotel with a million of stars'. I agree. Wonderful experience.
Petra is quite tricky to shoot, partly because of the crowds, and party because of the harsh, unforgiving sun and heat haze, which tend to result in glare and washed-out colours.
Locations and Timings
-Try late afternoon for shooting, as most tourists would have gone, and the light is much softer, bringing out the rose-red colour of the rock and buildings
-Be sure to make time to visit lookouts and High Places for great views over Petra and Wadi Araba
-If you have no option but to shoot in the harsh sunlight of late morning/early afternoon, try to keep the sun behind you
-It's difficult to shoot in confined spaces, so if you have one, bring a wide-angle lens
-If you own a DSLR, invest in a circular polarising filter, which brings out the colour and reduces the glare and haze
Favorite thing: 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 !!!!
Favorite thing: Petra is world famous for its history, archeology, canyon, desert and many more reasons, but there is also the present time of Petra, the town that people live in and many are obviously living from the tourism industry.
Petra is a historic and archaeological city famous with its rock cut architecture. It dates back to the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans. Now it is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourism attraction.
It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba.
Petra is an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.
The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was introduced by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt.
Petra was chosen by the BBC as one of "the 40 places you have to see before you die".
You can watch my high resolution photo of Petra on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 30° 18' 44.22" N 35° 27' 56.10" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Petra landscape 1.
For assistance with anything to do with Petra or Jordan I now recommend and advertise the reliability and enthusiasm of Sami and Adeeb at Jordan Inspiration Tours - if youre the go-by-tour person, want a driver guide or want a car and hotels to self-drive then these guys can help happily with all that.
Fondest memory: An awesome experience!! Its easier to get to Jordan, and travel around Jordan, than I imagined and the amazing carved out of and into rocks Rock city of Petra is an amazing must-see - truly a wonder of the world!
Please have in mind the suny-hot SUN of Petra and all Jordan. Inside Petra its definitely a lot of walking and some with rocky parts. I would say to imagine that you are going hiking to get dirty and walk and walk which must be kind of a task with children under 6 years old.
The walk to the Siq and the first parts may take about an hour... it goes very fast. I would do the carriages for your kid and stay at the Movenpick which is very close to enter the site
Entry: 20 dinar. This is funny: entrance to Petra is free for disabled people, but there is no way they can manage it in a wheel chair!
Take care: this is true only for individuals, not with a group. So when you're disabled, you should 'buy' your tickets yourself and not let your guide or travel agent do it! (We did get a refund, but from a different ticket boot).
Fondest memory: Sitting in the restaurant, eating and talking with the monumental wall at the horizon.
If just come back from a wondeful trip to Petra with Ahmad from Petra Pioneers http://www.petrapioneers.com . I needed transportation to and from Petra (to Eilat border), hotel, transportation to and from the hotel and a guide.... and this also for my mother who is diabled and travels with a wheel chair. Petra Pioneers surpassed our expectations. With kind and firm words, they arranged for my mother to be taken to and from the restaurant in Petra by horsedrawn buggy. Also the knowledge about the place was good as was the service. We warmly recommend them as your travel support in Jordan.
Fondest memory: Of course, the end of the siq, the first look on the Treasury. Try to arrive not too early or too late, when the light highlights the features. We`arrive around 11.00 am (april 11 th) and that was perfect.