Petra is the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is incredible. Be prepared for dust, dirt, heat, rain and what else the weather can throw at you.
History of Petra
Petra was constructed by the Nabataeans in the Persian Empire around 6th Century BC. It was the heart of the desert trading centre, the Nabataeans being keen traders in spices, textiles, perfumes and incense. A major earthquake destroyed much of Petra during AD363. It is understood that the earthquake coupled with the changes in the trading routes left the city abandoned by its people. Johannes Burckhardt a Swiss explorer set out in 1812 to rediscover the red city known as Petra.
We laugh at the men offering donkeys to ride, they are air conditioned they say. Think twice about a carriage ride as the horses hooves slip and slide on the ancient pathway, trying to right themselves around each bend.
Don’t do it in a day, or two, take your time. There is much to see. Many steps to climb, awe inspiring monuments to view as you wander through narrow gorges, you can’t miss the grand Treasury after exiting the Siq.
Climb the 800 steps to the largest monument – The Monastery which dates back to 1st Century AD. Award yourself a cup of Mint Tea whilst you wonder at the beauty.
There are many shops scattered around Petra, even on the many steps you have to climb to reach the Monastery. These incredible women climb the steps every day to set out their stalls, through the heat, the rain and the strong winds just to make enough to support their families.
The internal view of Tomb of the Roman Soldier.
The entrance to the Tomb of the Roman Soldier.
The High Palace of Sacrifice. It is one of the highest viewing points within Petra, it is an upward climb of about 40 minutes. We left this till the second day. There are two ways to return the first is to travel down the way you came or take the route at the back of the mountain that takes about 2 hours, it is worth it just to see the amazing colours of the rock formations on the way.
Built high on the side of a mountain, the Urn Tomb is one of the Royal Tombs.
The Amphitheatre was constructed out of the mountain side to seat over 4,000 people.
We combined our two night stay in Petra with a night staying in a bedouin tent at the Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp and the second night at its sister hotel The Rocky Mountain Hotel.
Entrance Costs: Tourists who stay overnight in Petra pay the following:
1 Day JD50
2 Days JD55
3 Days JD60
Day visits on a tour without staying a night JD90