You really should ride a camel at some stage of your Jordanian holiday, and if Petra is the only time you get the chance, well go ahead and do it. You might as well end your visit with a few extra muscle aches after all the effort you've put in during the day.
Actually, if you get yourself seated properly and relax into the motion of the beast, you'll be fine. The view from up there is terrific and someone will take a great photo of you and your ship of the desert to show the folk back home.
For the elderly and/or handicapped the Visitors' Centre close to the entrance of the Siq will issue a special permit (at an extra fee) for the carriage to go inside Petra to visit the main attractions. Once inside the site, you can hire a donkey, or for the more adventurous, a camel - both come with handlers and take designated routes throughout the site.
Along with the horses there are also buggies to ride. These drivers can take you all the way through the Siq to the Treasury.
At the entrance of Petra, inside, you will find the Horse Hospital. There you can hire a horse or to ride till the entrance of the Siq, or hire a camel to go all around. Maybe next time I will try a camel ?
There are beautiful arabic horses, if you don't want to hire one, just sit down for a while looking how they move ... beautiful animals
Maybe you could ask for Bassem, that owns few beautiful horses and hire them there. I hope I would have make a picture of those beautiful animals. Bassem is a great person and his animals are his treasure.
you can see Petra walking but there are other ways such as Camel, but i saw all teh camels very lazy, like this one in the picture. Happy when they don't have to work... they didn't look very friendly to me when they had to work. Another way is in donkeys, this way is good if you don't want to want up to teh monastery. Is it dangerous? well, i didn't try!!!!
About price you can arrange a good price if you have enought patience....
Traditional animal quite often associated with the desert and the Bedouins. They are widely appreciated by the Bedouins for their strength. Camel milk over there is considered as the magical potion of the druid Panoramix (not too sure how many non-French speaker will understand this reference ;)
However for some strange reason, there are only a limited number of camels authorized on the site of Petra! On top of the price to pay for this fine beast, the Bedouins also have to get a license number.
That’s why renting a camel can be quite expensive. I’ve mainly seen them on the main site, I don’t think they are used to climb to the top…
Apart from your feet, there are three modes of transport within Petra: camels, horses and donkeys. Even if you are fit, a day walking around Petra, especially up the mountains, is going to make your legs really ache. You might be tempted to let the animals take the strain. Camels are obviously the coolest, and the biggest draw, but they can only travel on the flat areas. Horses are the quickest, and most versatile, but can't make it up the steepest inclines. For those, like the stairs to the Al Deir monastery, you are going to need a donkey.
There is no shortage of pack animals to take the strain, but prices are negotiable depending on the distance, the animal, the desperation of the owner, and how much of a sucker you look. To get the best prices, hail a guy walking back to one of the main transport hubs, like outside the treasury. The fact that they have got custom without having to walk all the way back and wait will help you in getting a lower price.
You are able to have a camel or more usually a horse ride down through the Siq in to the heart of Petra.
Please make sure you are happy with the condition of your animal (not for your sake for theirs!)
At the entrance to Petra, just inside the main gate, there is a Brooke Hospital for Animals, your can get your ride from here from locals.
Walking is much better though (~_~)
You'll find camels on offer outside the 'treasury' and down near the monastery steps.
Camels can take you between those two points, should you wish. Price will be negotiated with the camel-driver (at least one of whom looks remarkably like Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and thoroughly plays up to that fact). Camels are hugely expensive beast (even a young one costs thousands of dinars) so it's unlikely that you'll be accompanied by their actual owner.
Bedouin generally ride camels by wrapping their right leg round the front saddle 'horn' and tucking their right foot behind the left leg. Tourists generally ride them astride, like horses (though camels are much wider).
As with horses, it's up to you whether you bother with a camel ride or not. Being so expensive, camels are well-treated and are pretty hardy beasts anyway. Of all the transport available on the Petra site I think camels probably offer the least morally-troubling option, though perhaps not the most comfortable.
I didn't choose to ride a camel because I'm not fond of heights. It's a long way down from a camel if you lose your balance!
The Camel is the main beast of burden of the middle east and north africa and even in Petra, you will see a lot of Camels in the Complex and you can take the slow tour of petra complex riding the tall camels. A camel ride wil start in front of the Al Khanzeh (treasury buidling) where there are lots of camels and bedouin camel herders and you must haggle for the price as a two hour ride along the petra complex will cost you JD 20 to 40, depending on your haggling skills, if you also pose in front of a camel, the camel herders will askd you JD 1 for the picture (unless you are renting the camel for the ride, then it is inlcuded in the price).
Riding a donkey or a camel in Petra can be very useful transportation method. Donkeys can ride you up to the monastery. The ride can be a little risky, as donkeys go fast along the big slopes of the climbing up. But still, it's a very intelligent way of preserving energy. Also, a ride in a camel back from the restaurant to the Treasury will save you some more self energy and is a nice way of sightseeing all the monuments on your way out of Petra.
If you find it a bit difficult to walk all the way or in case you are just too lazy, for some fee you can also take the camel ride down the canyon and back.
Camels are available from the Treasury to the Basin Restaurant area. You can also have them take you to the Snake Monument.
These 2 tips are dedicated to the girls of The-Wandering-Camelwho are well expertised in "ship of the Desert"'s issues.
Camel or donkeys are always around to give you a lift with a fee of JD2-4, depending to the distance. Why not trying as an experience for the city people like me??