Why everyone goes to Petra Off Course as This Unesco World Heritage Site is more known than the town that surrounds it, which is Wadi Musa. But all tours pass by wadi musa going to Petra as the Town is the only gateway to petra. Some Tour groups have lunch and shopping stops at wadi musa before going to petra and many tourists also stay at wadi musa area and then go back and forth to Petra on multi-day entrance tickets. Petra, the world wonder, is without a doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.
Petra National Archeological Park is open from :
Open 06:00 am - close 16:00 (winter time)
Open 06:00 am – close 18:00 (summer time)
Single Day -JD 50
One Day Visitor to Jordan (From Syria, Saudi Arabai, Israel, Iraq) -JD 90
Two Day Pass- JD 55
Three Day Pass- JD 60
Jordanians, resident card holders and students with valid Jordanian University ID - 1JD per entry
All children under 12 - Free
Wadi Musa Town was just a small settlement then but since petra was discovered in the 18th century, it grew rapildy and is now a like a small city. Wadi Musa has lots of commercial establishments such as hotels of every type, inns, backpacker places, restaurants, shops, souk, supermarket, bars. All main roads to Petra meet just above the Moses Well (Ain Musa), which is a spring well in the hills at the top (eastern) end of Wadi Musa which is marked by a small triple-domed building sheltering a rock From here, the whole of the town is strung out for 4km along a main road which heads downhill all the way, offering spectacular views out over the craggy mountains and eventually terminating at the ticket gate into Petra. In between are the assorted commercial establishments that cater to tourists, which is the main income of the town.
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). Most Tour Buses have a whistle stop here at Ain Musa which is located at the right side of the highway (along a white multi mini domed structure) and you can take pictures and videos of the spring well and they claim that you can even drink the water here as it is very clean (verified by my waterproof olympus tough camera which I put at the water in the well, see my wadi musa videos here at my wadi musa pages) and the spring water even taste sweet!
Inside the rectangular room is the large rock from which the water gushed forth thousands of years ago. Today bricks have been built around it, and around most of the spring, allowing easier access to the water. Walking across the brick floor, you can watch the water flow through the center of the room and out the building. In the middle of the room is an eight foot wide well where you can dip into the spring and drink the water.
even the Nabateans built water channels from this well which goes to Petra Complex itself (you will see the water wells along the Siq)
Moses Well (Ain Musa) is open everyday 24/7
The Vista point, located atop the hill following the road going down wadi musa town proper and to Petra is also a good location to see the Panoramic Views of the hillsides and the Wadi Musa Town Proper. Before descending the hill going to Petra, there is a good Vista Point in the Road Going down to Petra and Wadi Musa Town where you can have a photo and video stop as you can see the panorama of Wadi Musa and Petra from beyond the horizon. many tour bus to petra makes a 2 minute stop here for guests to take panoramic shots and videos.
Petra is the Ancient Nabatean City beside Wadi Musa, Most of the Tourism Facilities of Petra like hotels, restaurants, shops, inns, souks, are in Wadi Musa. Before descending the hill going to Petra, there is a good Vista Point in the Road Going down to Petra and Wadi Musa Town where you can have a photo and video stop as you can see the dark brown mountains of Petra from beyond the horizon (you can even see the trail going to the Siq if you have a really powerful Optical Zoom Camera), many tour bus to petra makes a 2 minute stop here for guests to take panoramic shots and videos.