Petra Travel Guide

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Petra Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful man made and natural stone carvings 

  • Con
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     The hordes of tourists. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Best site in the Middle East 

Petra Things to Do

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  • The Treasury - Al Khazneh

    The first grand monument of Petra you see as you enter the city is the Al Khazneh (the Treasury). It's an incredibly sight as the view of it opens up exiting the last few meters of the Siq. Almost every tourist stops and staggers, catching their breath as they stand and stare at the vast building carved out of solid red stone. Despite its name...

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  • Monastery

    Continuing from the Royal Tombs through the Collanaded Street to Qasr al-Bint al-Faroun (Castle of the Pharoah's Daughter, the only free standing structure in Petra) and then a further one half hour climb is the Monastery. Built in 3rd Century BC, it is similar to the Khazneh. However, it is 50m wide and 45m high. On your route to/from the...

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  • Siq

    This is the ancent main entrance to Petra. An impressive 1200 meters long gorge of stunning beauty. Along the siq there are peakes up to 80 meters high. Walking through the Siq you get to see bizarre looking geological formations, colorful rocks, terraces, water channels cut into cliffs. It's a long walk but I would reccomend to not take horses or...

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  • Urn Tomb

    The Urn Tomb is another impressive Tomb that has been carved into the sheer cliffs of Petra. It is believed that the Tomb was made for King Malichos II in approx. 70 AD. This tomb is impressive because it has a forecourt/terrace that has several columns on each side. You then enter a huge hall that was converted to a church around 500 years ago....

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  • High Place of Sacrifice

    I found the High Place of Sacrifice to be an interesting and fun place. Not only does it have the alters and stuff but it has great views as well. The high place has a large pool where rain water was collected and available for the priests. In front of the alter was a large open court with a strange ridge in the middle where something must have...

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  • Royal Tombs

    The first of the so called Royal Tombs is the Urn Tomb. This tomb is built high on the mountain side, and requires climbing up a number of flights of stairs. It was suggested that this is the tomb of Nabataean King Malchus II who died in 70 AD. On the other hand it is considered the tomb of Aretas IV. It is preceded by a deep courtyard with...

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Petra Hotels

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Petra Restaurants

  • Jordanian Cuisine and More

    We had our late lunch buffet at the Chic and new Jordanian Buffet Restaurant at Al Qantara Restaurant at Tourism Street in the middle of Wadi Musa. The restaurant is a recreation of a traditional Jordanian House with white limestones and middle eastern design inside. they offer ala carte and buffet meals for lunch and dinner. buffet meals start at...

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  • Magic

    We stopped at this place in Wadi Musa, called Magic restaurant - it was obviously for tour groups and had a buffet lunch. as it was included i dont know the price however it was a nice place, good staff and great food and lots of it!

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  • How to cook arabic food?

    Once you tried arabic food, you will be suprised how tasty they are! For sure you want to know how to cook them. Here's the cooking course for you. You will be provided aprons and a pair of plastc gloves. After greetings and introduction of menu to cook the evening, go to the table you want.The menu the evening I joined was- Lentil Soup- Baba Ganuj...

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Petra Nightlife

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  • Petra Night

    Every Monday, Wednesdy and Thursday, the group enters Petra at 10:30 p.m., walks through the candle lit Siq and reaches to the Treasury where Bedouin music is played and a cup of tea is ready to worm you up... A lecture about Petra and the Nabataeans, and then back out again through the Siq, this time it is allowed to take pictures... It is a nice...

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  • Drinks in a 2000 year old Nabataean...

    One of the most original bars in the world, Cave Bar is set in cave tomb carved by the Nabataeans in the 1st century BC. The tomb is one of a few located just outside the Petra site, in what is now Wadi Musa, the town that developed at the entrance of Petra. It is a great place for a drink at the end of a long tiring day in Petra.

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  • Lounge at Taybet Zaman Hotel

    Small and charming, this bar-lounge is part of Sahtain Restaurant of the Taybet Zaman Resort Hotel. It is located a good 10 minute-drive south of Wadi Musa, so it is not convenient for everyone visiting Petra and Wadi Musa. However, if you happen to be nearby or staying at Taybet Zaman, then this bar/lounge is a great place for a pre- or...

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Petra Transportation

  • Camels & Horses

    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...

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  • Taxi!

    Hello everybody. It was great to read your reviews. I wonder if you could give me some advice, just to sum up what I think I've understood and what I haven't. I'll be flying into Eilat airport, and my plan is to reach Petra from there. I understood that I need to get a taxi to the border, cross the border, then get another taxi. 1) Is it quite...

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  • Petra Horse Carriages

    The Horse Carriages of Petra are an icon in their own right, the horse carriages are the main mode of transport from the entrance to Petra up to the Front of the Al Khazneh (the treasury buidling) moreso for the elderly and differently abled people visiting petra. the ride (one way) will cost JD 15 per person and only 2 persons are allowed inside...

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Petra Shopping

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  • sand bottles

    Even before leaving for Jordan I was amazed by the pictures of the sand bottles. This was the only souvenire I wanted to take (well apart the usual elephant). So I gave a look at any shop selling the bottes and the best I found was the artisan shop inside Petra ruins. There were bottes of all sizes and the man was working at them so we could also...

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  • Souvenir Shops around Petra and Wadi...

    Petra is actually Part of Wadi Musa and The Petra Complex is more known than the town of which it is located. there are many souvenir shops lining the wadi musa area at the entrance to petra and along the ticket booth and before the entrance to the Siq and around the Petra complex that sells assorted souvenir items of Petra like the fridge magnets...

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  • Souvenirs at the site

    At Petra site there are many souvenirs stands, there are shops around the site entrance and stalls at the site itself. All sell similar items, some are unique and nice and some are too obvious.

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Petra Local Customs

  • Covering Up

    Petra is very popular tourist site also for the local Jordanians as well as for the other neighboring countries, you will see lots of Muslims dressed with their tradition clots, however, for westerners there is no any real restrictions, or at list I didn't saw any, maybe they wouldn't like it if you hang out with a bikini here, but on the hot days...

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  • Petra Shot Glasses

    this will be my pictures of the Petra Shot Glasses.I love collecting fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels and being in the new 7 wonders of the world and a Unesco World Heritage Site in Petra is no different. there are many souvenir shops lining the wadi musa area at the entrance to petra and along the ticket booth and before the entrance...

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  • Petra Fridge Magnets

    this will be my pictures of the Petra Fridge Magnets.I love collecting fridge magnets and shot glasses of my travels and being in the new 7 wonders of the world and a Unesco World Heritage Site in Petra is no different. there are many souvenir shops lining the wadi musa area at the entrance to petra and along the ticket booth and before the...

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Petra Warnings and Dangers

  • Hawkers, Guides and Donkey Rides

    Of all the places in Jordan, Petra was the most hasslesome of them all. It wasn't all that bad. I've had to worse, but by European standards, and Jordanian, the guys here are hard sell. I found this especially so of the unofficial guides at the gate, but less so as I got inside the main area of the city. I think the local traders keep a tight rein...

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  • Be ready to Haggle at All Times!

    being a touristy site and known all over the world, Petra Has its share of scam artists and price gougers! you can find all kinds of stuff to buy in Petra and Wadi Musa area, but be sure to haggle as many of the traders here jack up their prices by more than 100 percent. be sure to haggle up to at least 70% off the price of what you are buying and...

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  • Romantic deceit in Petra

    Please be aware of the romantic deceit in Petra/Wadi Musa. When you visit Petra / Wadi Musa, any bedouin you meet in or outside Petra, who starts to be a little too friendly is after your money. He will charm your socks off: take you to caves, cook for you under the stars, you will meet and spend time with his friends, party in the desert with...

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Petra Tourist Traps

  • too expensive now, and discrimination

    I was shocked to see babak's posting regarding ticket prices for Petra so i checked the Petra National Trust website and it's true- 50JD if you have stayed overnight in the country, 90JD if you haven't stayed in the country overnight, 13JD to Arabs in the low season and 1 JD for locals. I am glad that i visited there many times in the late 70's...

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  • VERY expensive restaurants!

    A warning about the restaurants down by the Basin: they look very attractive, and in fact they are, but they are also extremely expensive! The prices don't seem to be posted, so beware of an unpleasant surprise! (I was charged 7.50JD for fish and rice only when I sat at one of the tables under the trees - no dessert, and no drinks since I had my...

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  • Expensive entrance.

    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.

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Petra What to Pack

  • Bring Water and Sports Drinks

    we all know that Petra is located in a desert and that Jordan has short winters and spring time, so if you will visit Petra Archeological park during the summer or fall or even in spring, it is better to have bottles of mineral water and or sports drinks in your bag to quench your thirst and repleshish the electrolytes lost during walking as the...

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  • Bring Large Memory & Powerful Optical...

    If you are the intrepid shooter of lots of films and videos on your travels, then you must have a powerful optical zoom camera like a canon sx50 (which has a 50x optical zoom) or a nikon coolpix 510 (42x optical zoom). They are less bulky than the DSLR cameras and the zoom capacity lets you view and shoot objects and pretty girls from far away....

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  • Bring A Cap, Sunglasses, Sunblock...

    Everyone Knows that Petra is along the Harsh Desert in Jordan and that You can get sun burned easily even if you have brought sun tans along if you don't cover your head with a hat of a cap as 20% of liquid loss by the body is via the head. plus to avoid heat stroke as the suns rays penetrate your exposed hair. You can also use the traditional...

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Petra Off The Beaten Path

  • Place of High Sacrafice

    Very much worth the hike. We climbed up the "winding staircase" on a rainy/cloudy day and had this site at the top of the valley to our selves for nearly an hour. Amazing view! Check out the locals along the way as they have some interesting wares to sell. I picked up a couple of ancient Roman coins (they are actually authentic) and we engaged most...

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  • monastery

    I mean it, it is 1,000 steps - not a bad idea to mount a mule for this climb as it is long and tiring. You get the feeling along the way that you are on a pilgrimmage of some sort as the people going each direction seem to be either intent on making their way or better for their effort. Stop along the way to interact with the people selling...

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  • Ain Musa (Moses Well)

    Wadi Musa, the town where the Petra National Monument is located is named after Moses, the famous Biblical Figure who had made a stop here in Wadi Musa and is believed to struck a rock and hence forth, spring water started gushing and hence, the spring well in Wadi Musa, located along the highway going to Petra is now named Ain Musa (Moses Well)....

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Petra Favorites

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  • Chairs Abound in Petra

    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...

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  • Limonana

    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...

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  • Keffiyeh

    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...

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