When visiting with a group a horse ride is mandatory. It is only 500 meters and the horse men expect a big tip (2 JD). Then you have to tell them what time you will be back so they can take you back to the entrance.
Unique Suggestions: Don't pay your tip or only pay 1 JD. There is also a ride back and (I guess) they will also expect a tip for the ride back. If they horse man is persistent say that you have pay for only half a horse so you will give half a tip.
I you decide you take the horse trip back make sure to be back in time otherwise there won't be any horses waiting for you.
Fun Alternatives: I paid for my horse and walked, so no discussion about tips, there are also some interesting sites to see on your trip to the entrance.
With no horse you don't have to be back at the beginning of the siq because they are expecting you.
Beware in Petra and other place in Jordan, Petrol station attendants are trying very hard to cheat the tourists.
The master of that is the owner or attendant of Petra petrol station.
They have several trick in their pocket and the most common is to simulate a break down of the petrol dispenser, start it again but at the end charging you an extra 5 or 10 JOD. Just watch the info on the gas dispenser and the manipulation of the attendant.
Also, wait as much as needed to get your money back !! Do not leave anything as tip !!!!
One of the nice things that you find in Petra are children selling pieces of stones. These are very nice, but they ask you 1 euro, 5 euro and one time also 100 euro!!! You can find a lot of strange stones in Petra and it's not necessary to buy them because beduins catch the same stone that you find on the ground!!!!
There are essentially 5 official methods of transport once you have passed through the gates:
3: Horse & Cart
1: You have complete control, its the cheapest option but be prepared to be exhausted at the end of the day -:)
2: The biggest tourist trap. Horses are to be found at the entrance of the site, some 500 metres from the entrance to the Siq. Horses can only take you as far as the Siq.
3: Horse & Cart - also to be found at the entrance to the site - at least they can take you from the entrance, through the Siq and as far as the Treasury (the beginning of the ruins). Probably more interesting as an option at the end of the day LOL.
4: Camels are to be found at the Treasury and can take you all round the site on the level
5: Donkeys also to be found at Treasury - usually used to ascend and descend all or part of the route up to the Monastery (and it can be terrifying!).
There appears to be no set price - you simply need to haggle.
Unique Suggestions: Part of the delight of Petra is the air of expectation as you walk through the Siq, sheer cliff faces towering above you. To experience this to the full, walk it. From my mind, best thing to do is to walk the entire site. If you need a little bestial help, take it at the end. If you plan to go to the Monastery, take a donkey part or all the way up. It is an exhausting and pretty sheer climb. BUt remember to hold on to that donkey! It is scary going up - if you chose to come down, believe me we saw people white with terror!!
The entrance ticket to Petra is expensive: about 25 EUR for one day. Some young guys in Wadi Musa stop tourists pretending they know a "secret way" to enter Petra without paying and that they would tell you for 10 EUR. Of course it's not true. Once you pay, they walk with you 5 min. on some rocks and give you the directions to walk in Petra but... you arrive nowhere. Pay your regular ticket to Petra: it's expensive but it's worth it.
If visiting Petra, avoid long distance tour buses from Eilat in Israel. Crossing the border seems to take forever and is expensive. Our guide seemed to be more interested in showing us his buddies' souvenir shops than taking us around the site itself. It best to stay at Petra itself where you can take a couple of day to visit. There are now lots of hotels nearby
The entrance fees is 50 Dinar for a day visit 55 for 2 days visit 70 for 3 das visit
.No cash points (ATM) around.