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
- Historical Travel
Restrooms and Restaurants within Petra Park
Favorite thing: Restrooms: If you are like me you always know where they are, where ever you go.
On the way to the Treasury there are restrooms at the Visitors Center as well as a small shop, about half way, where you can get water, tea, snacks and various tourist trat. There are also more of the same kind of shops and restrooms at the Treasury and beyond. Once you pass the Treasury on the main path you will see the Theater, the Royal Tombs, Colannade Street, etc. which will lead you to the main restaurant. The Restaurant is affiliated with most of the 5 star Hotels in the area, you can charge things to your room (Crown Plaza, Movenpick, Marriott) regardless they offer an excellent buffet and assorted beverages for approx. $10. The museum is there also with of course, more restrooms.
- National/State Park
Enjoy every single step and look into Petra
Favorite thing: If you plan to visit Petra, be sure you wake up realy early in the morning. The best solution would be if you can spend more then one day there but if you decide to spend just one day then prepear yourself of hours and hours walking and filming. Don?t miss any part of this such great and beautiful place.
Fondest memory: My best memory? In general, everything!!! But the moment when you finish your walk through the Siq and sudenly you are standing there and watching Petra in all her or his? beauty. This moment it?s impossible to describe, you must feel it. I, for sure will never forget it.
Why not be a STUDENT?!
Favorite thing: Bring your international studnt card with you.
Fondest memory: When we bought the ticket, I was really happy among my gang. They have to pay full fare but I have an international student card, so my fare cut into half. It's really expensive to pay a visit there. Ticket for one day is JD21; for two is JD26; for three is JD30+.(can't remember)
So I paid JD13 for being a student.
Tea with the girls
Favorite thing: On my way up the neverending steps to the Monastery, I passed 2 girls selling cheap trinkets. After chatting with the nice ladies, they asked if I would join them for tea. We walked to an area with some convenient rocks for sitting. Then water was poured into a pot, from what looked like an old petrol container (yikes!). We sat and chatted while we drank tea (it was dee-lish by the way). The women asked my name and then sang a song together, that included my name. The water container was used as a percussion instrument and at every point in the song where my name was uttered, there was a lot of giggling. I couldn't understand the words of course, but I'm sure they were having a laugh at my expense :-D. Then I was asked if I had a wife, and after I said that I was single, they let me know that one of them was unmarried......then it was time for me to run along !!
- Budget Travel
A welcome sight
Favorite thing: After the long hot climb to the Monastery it is such a welcome sight to see a drinks stall opposite. The drinks stall is set in a cave with seating & a covered area infront of it. You can sit in the shade & take in the view of the Monastery.
The walk to the Monastery
Favorite thing: The walk to the Monastery takes about one hour. The best way to do it is to take it steady, stopping for rests in the shade & to take in the amazing views, be sure to have some water with you too. Along the way you'll pass locals with stalls selling handicrafts even if you don't buy anything at least smile & say hello. The only other thing to watch out for on your climb is the donkeys carrying people to the top.
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.
The Theatre - A place to rest from the sun
Favorite thing: Petra is a great place to walk around but it can get very dry and hot and I found that I was quite tired by lunchtime. We climbed up the 'stairs' or 'seats' of the Theatre to the top. At the top there is a nice ledge on which to relax. This area is in shade in the early afternoon and is cool and a nice respite from the sun. The views from the top are great. I actually feel asleep for about 30 minutes and awoke refreshed and ready for more exploring.
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: 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
- Historical Travel
- Luxury Travel
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
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
Bring a good tour book !!!!
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: 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.
- Adventure Travel
Best time to be there
Favorite thing: 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.
Avoid Petra in summer as it is awfully hot.