Wadi Musa Travel Guide

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Wadi Musa Things to Do

  • Ain Musa - Moses' Spring

    According to tradition, during the many decades the Hebrews spent wandering the desert on their way from Egypt to the 'land of milk and honey' (Canaan), wheber water was desperately needed Moses/Musa struck water from the rocks with his staff, as God commanded. Ain Musa is traditionally one of the springs created when Moses/Musa struck the rock...

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  • Tourist Street

    If you walk along Tourist Street, past the entrance to the Petra site and up the hill out of Wadi Musa, passing a car park o your left, you will come to an open area with a small children's playground and absolutely superb views over the surrounding landscape. I spent quite a while just sitting on the rocks (carefully avoiding the broken glass...

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  • Zurrabah Water Reservoir

    I spotted what was very obviously an ancient building from the bus and, later, decided to walk back up the road to investigate. The Zurrabah water reservoirs dates from sometime between the 1st century BCE (BC) and the 1st century CE (AD). It was the most important of the many water reservoirs which were constructed (hacked out of the rock) in...

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  • Umm Sayhoun

    Umm Sayhoun is one of several different Latin-alphabet spellings for this small, modern village which lies just outside Wadi Musa on the road to 'Little Petra'. The Bedul (Bedoul/Bedelin) Bedouin clan lived in the ancient site of Petra for well over a thousand years. Some of say they are descended from the original Nabateans, some say they were...

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  • Petra

    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...

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  • Ain Musa

    According to tradition, during the many decades the Hebrews spent wandering the desert on their way from Egypt to the 'land of milk and honey' (Canaan), wheber water was desperately needed Moses/Musa struck water from the rocks with his staff, as God commanded.Ain Musa is traditionally one of the springs created when Moses/Musa struck the rock with...

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  • Zurrabah water reservoir

    I spotted what was very obviously an ancient building from the bus and, later, decided to walk back up the road to investigate.The Zurrabah water reservoirs dates from sometime between the 1st century BCE (BC) and the 1st century CE (AD). It was the most important of the many water reservoirs which were constructed (hacked out of the rock) in order...

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  • Umm Sayhoun

    Umm Sayhoun is one of several different Latin-alphabet spellings for this small, modern village which lies just outside Wadi Musa on the road to 'Little Petra'.The Bedul (Bedoul/Bedelin) Bedouin clan lived in the ancient site of Petra for well over a thousand years. Some of say they are descended from the original Nabateans, some say they were...

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  • Fantastic landscape just up the...

    If you walk along Tourist Street, past the entrance to the Petra site and up the hill out of Wadi Musa, passing a car park o your left, you will come to an open area with a small children's playground and absolutely superb views over the surrounding landscape.I spent quite a while just sitting on the rocks (carefully avoiding the broken glass...

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Wadi Musa Hotels

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  • Shara Mountains Hostel

    at the tourist street opposite side of the Iskan, Petra / Wadi Musa, 71810, Jordan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Cleopetra Hotel

    Queen Rania St., P.O.Box 125, Petra / Wadi Musa, Jordan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • The Petra Marriott Hotel

    Queen Rania Al Abdullah Street, Petra / Wadi Musa, 71810, Jordan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

Wadi Musa Restaurants

  • Oriental

    This is a small local restaurant on the main street. They have a limited menu, thing that I always appreciate as it usually means products are not precooked or frozen. We ate some friend kebab a mixed grilled meat and paid 10€ each, much cheaper than Amman.

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  • Al Afandi

    Small and casual, al-Afandi Restaurant serves mainly shawarma and falafels. It only has a couple of tables, so it is perfect for a quick lunch or takeaway. The shawarma is excellent and quite inexpensive. Al-Afandi is adjacent to al-Arabi Restaurant on Shaheed Square in the heart of Wadi Musa.

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  • Al Arabi

    Located on Shaheed Square, in the heart of the commercial part of Wadi Musa, al-Arabi restaurant serves good shawarma and other Arabic mezze. It has a recently renovated dining room with plenty of tables and is thus a great option for dinner, tastier and cheaper than what the big hotels offer. No alcohol is served, though.

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  • Taybet Zaman Resort Hotel

    Sahtain is the restaurant of the Taybet Zaman Resort Hotel. Like the hotel, Sahtain gets top ratings for charm, as it is located in one of the old stone houses of the village. It serves a large buffet of a variety of Middle Eastern and some international dishes, which are OK, but nothing to write home about. Although the restaurant is open to...

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  • Decent food at good price

    Almost every hotel has their own restaurant, but those can often be slightly inflated when it comes to price. If you eat on the street, again some of those restaurants may cater to the tourists.Cleopatra (not affiliated with the Cleopatra Hotel) is an honest, local restaurant. The restaurant has a few tables on the sidewalk if the weather is...

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  • Good grilled meat

    This is a small local restaurant on the main street. They have a limited menu, thing that I always appreciate as it usually means products are not precooked or frozen.We ate some friend kebab a mixed grilled meat and paid 10€ each, much cheaper than Amman.

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Wadi Musa Nightlife

  • If you want a beer...

    We first went to the famous Cave Bar but we found it too formal for us, so we decided to go back to a pub we saw on the main street.It turned out to be the bar of hotel Hidab, they had a good selection of beers, though not draft one.We enjoyed local Petra beer which is nice and also pretty strong.http://www.hidabhotelpetra.com

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  • Drinks in a 2000 year old Nabatean tomb!

    One of the most original bars in the world, Cave Bar is set in cave tomb carved by the Nabateans 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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Wadi Musa Transportation

  • Taxis around town

    Yellow taxis are almost always available to take you anywhere in town - and beyond if you like. The standard fare should be 1 JD, though they might ask for more or tell you to pay however much you like.

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  • Take the bus

    Jett operates 3 buses a wek from close to the Abdali Station in Amman (but not exactly in it...the Jett station is 1km up the road). It leaves Amman at 6:30 am and leaves Petra/Wadi Musa late in the afternoon around 4. The trip takes 3.5 hours. This is by far the cheapest option available. Round trip is 12 JD.

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Wadi Musa Shopping

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    Wadi Musa Shops: Wadi Musa Shops

    by machomikemd Written Aug 23, 2013

    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 and shot glasses and other assorted stuffs like post cards, key chains, glasses, petra books, paper weights, local crafts like carpets and pottery and ceramics and a lot more. All the souvenir shops and stores along Wadi Musa Town and in the Petra Complex sells Petra Related Souvenir Items.

    they also sell bottled water, fruit juices, gatorade, powerade and other sports drinks for the thirsty traveller (at double the regular prices!).

    most of the shops are open from 8:00 am to 6:00 am everyday

    What to buy: all the souvenir items you can think off like post cards, books, carpets, potteries, mosaics, fridge magnets, shot glasses, key chains, etc. Again, most of the souvenir items are related to petra and you can hardly see wadi musa souvenir items like fridge magnets or shot glasses or keychains,but there are many wadi musa souvenir t-shirts.

    What to pay: JD 3 to 5 for shot glasses, JD 2 to 8 for fridge magnets, JD 15 for Petra Historical Books, JD 1 per keychains and a lot more

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    • Arts and Culture
    • Road Trip
    • Food and Dining

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Wadi Musa Warnings and Dangers

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    Hagglers and Hasslers

    by triplehelix Written Apr 9, 2007

    Be warned, never show interest in doing anything within Petra, Wadi Rum, or anywhere else in Jordan. Many young men hang out around busy street corners waiting for Joe Tourist to walk by with his fat American wallet. Why did everyone think I was rich? Was it my Armani Exchange pants? My outrageously bleached hair? Whatever the cause, i was approached left and right asking if I wanted to go to Wadi Rum. I stupidly said yes and they kept throwing prices at me. I knew from my guide book not to listen as they will give me a sub par deal. When I began walking away, the price came down but I was still uninterested. Don't ever give these guys a hint you want to do anything at any given time. Be unpredictable and they'll leave you alone.

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Wadi Musa Tourist Traps

  • Welcome to Wadi Musa...deposit money...

    by RblWthACoz Updated Mar 28, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    As far as I am concerned, the whole town is a tourist trap. Prices are extremely inflated and I know the tourists are paying way more than the locals. I mean $3 for a large bottle of water? I don't pay that anywhere in America for goodness sakes. My favorite is the little candy bars that are like a 3rd of the size of the ones we get in the U.S. and they charge 3 times as much as I pay here for it!

    Fun Alternatives: Buy all your stuff in Amman or elsewhere and bring it in. It might be hard to carry all the water, but I am sure it wouldn't be too hard to bring nuts, snacks, etc. in.

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Wadi Musa Off The Beaten Path

  • Movenpick

    by RblWthACoz Written Mar 28, 2006

    Even if you aren't staying here, it's worth taking a walk through to see the beautiful Damascene style this hotel has been done in. For an international chain to show such commitment to local design is applaudable and should be emulated at all costs. After another 2,000 years if the area should somehow become deserted again, hopefully this hotel would stand as a sight for future sightseekers to behold.

    Damascene design

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Wadi Musa Favorites

  • Want to mail those postcards??

    If you want to mail post cards or anything else, a post office is available at the end of Wadi Musa and right by the gate to Petra. It is attached to the building the visitor's center is in. The attendant put all my stamps on - by licking them and slamming his fist down onto the stamps. Thanks, man. Trying not to get a headache while he slammed...

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  • Need an ATM and can't read the Arabic?

    Not far from the Petra Gate (2 km) is this ATM, which is the closest you will find. There are none nearby the Petra Gate. Be aware though that it will ask you what language you want - Arabic or English. Both choices are written in Arabic though!! Press the bottom right button and it will continue in English.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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