First Glance of the Treasury
Fondest memory: Nothing quite beats that first moment that you are reaching the end of the Siq and catch a glance of the Treasury. It is truly one of those "once in a lifetime" experiences that you can never replicate.
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Favorite thing: 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!
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How long to spend in Petra?
Favorite thing: 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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- Hiking and Walking
Favorite thing: 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…
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Favorite thing: 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
Favorite thing: Opening times for Petra are officially 6am-6pm. Pretty much dawn to dusk.
I really recommend you get there for 6am as we did, it is such an amazing feeling to have this incredible place to yourself.
Petra, a place to enjoy!
Favorite thing: My favorite thing about Petra is, of course, the Siq, and when you see the Tresoury. I think every moment i was there i enjoyed and i know i will go back one day.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory is the hospitality of the people in Petra, in Jordan in general. The silent moments in the early morning and the different changes of the stones with the light.
The 8th wonder
Favorite thing: Petra is really the 8th wonder of the old world.. and it has survied. It's located in the south of Jordan, and you can access this magical site by walking through a long and mysterious siq. Petra and Beida, is little sister. It was built by the Nabatean people. Built is actually not the correct word, as it was actually carved into the sandstone mountains that are typical of the area.
Fondest memory: learning how skillful and clever the nabateans were: they used to just carve a line of rock and then place pieces of wood in it - then poured water on the wood. As the wood expanded it used to break the soft sandstone, so that they did not have to carve the entire buildings and tombs by hand
get up early.
Favorite thing: get up early in the morning to see petra.
once the tour groups arrive it gets a little hard to see the place properly and get nice photos.
petra opens very early in the morning and if you get there early you have the whole place to yourself.
Fondest memory: the superb combination of nature and culture.
The Rock Formations of Petra
Favorite thing: One of the more interesting aspects of visiting Petra, besides the magnificent tombs, are the wonderful shapes and colours of the rock formations inside of the tombs themselves. This actually more so in some of the smaller tombs. The photo that you see here was taken in an otherwise lesser tomb but the colours of the rock walls are awesome. Do not run through Petra to quickly so that you miss nature at its most vibrant.
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The Gorge that Leads Towards Petra
Favorite thing: One of my favourite aspects of Petra was the interesting walk though the gorge that leads to the various tombs and graneries. The rock formations are incredible and are worth pondering over as you hike through the gorge. The gorge is about one kilometer long and it takes about fifteen minutes to walk through. For people who might have problems making this hike there are pleasant horse drawn carridges that make the trip through the gorge. I do not know right now how much this costs.
People might remember that a scene in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" was shot in the gorge. It is near the climax of the film.
- Hiking and Walking
Favorite thing: The site is enormous. Incredibly, many 'do' Petra in an exhausting one day trip - the highlights being the Siq, the Treasury, the Monastery and those remains in between. To put it into perspective, it took us one and half hours walking downhill from the Monastery to the entrance (and the directest route possible!).
The bets option if you have time is to stagger your trip over 2 or 3 days. Its not a cheap option - JD11,13,16 for 1,2 or 3 days off-peak, double during the high season (and days are consecutive) but it is worth it - Petra is one of the most extraordinary sites.
Fondest memory: Just about everything but the first view of the Treasury on Day 1 and the finally reaching the Monastery on Day 2 can not be bettered.
Favorite thing: Petra was a large nabatean city, built about 2000 years ago. It is situated in the south of Jordan. In 3 to 4 hours, you can reach the site comming from Jordans capital Amman, by public transport.
Petras monuments are spread over a large area. It is situated on the bottom of a valley, and many houses, most of them were tombs.
You can walk around for hours, and to have a good impression of the area you should have at least 2 days to spend there.
Accomodations are available in Wadi musa, the village just on the entrance to Petra.
Fondest memory: Walking around and explore the many sites
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Favorite thing: Nobody knows why the first facade cut into stone that greets people as they emerge from the Siq is called the Treasury. This building was always a burial site and never had anything to do with money matters. The well-preserved facade is decorated with a rich variety of symbols related to death. Nabatean gods in charge of guiding the souls of the dead, Medusa heads, eagles and winged victories.
A little history
Favorite thing: 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.
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