Petra Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 75%Adventure Travelers
- 74%History Buffs
- 74%Family Travelers
- 51%Local Culture
- 51%Business Travelers
- 51%Green Travelers
- 51%Luxury Travelers
Member Reviews (53)
- PetraMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesJan 27, 2014
This place was amazing. Ever since i had watched Indiana Jones as a kid ive been wanting to see this. Seeing it in person was amazing. Walking all along the path up to it was amazing and walking past it to see other ancient ruins. Seeing the vendors selling random trinkets. The whole experience was amazing
- PetraMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersOct 25, 2013
Petra is quite simply breathtaking. You'll never forget the first time you traverse the narrow pinkish-red passageway that leads to Petra's Treasury, (the building that had a starring role in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). If you get there early in the morning, you can watch the colors of the stones change color with the rising of the sun - spectacular. Plan on two days at least to fully explore all that Petra has to offer.
- PetraMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jun 17, 2013
What's not to like about Petra? It's just as magnificent in person as all the photos and movie footage you've seen. I took about a billion pictures there and curated them into several blog posts: http://is.gd/r2wDPg.
- PetraMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Apr 15, 2013
An amazing historical site! One day here was not enough to fully enjoy all aspects of Petra. Warning: the site requires a lot of walking. Bring comfortable closed-toe walking shoes, preferably hiking boots. Some folks might find walking sticks also helpful. Camels, horses, mules and carriages could be hired if you get tired of walking, but it's not recommended as the animal handlers hustle you for tips.
Note: we stayed in Amman and it was approximately a three hour drive from the city.
- PetraMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 1Mar 31, 2013
This is one of the most amazing places I've been, and it's carefully located so that you have to approach it through a narrow passage in the mountains (at least from the most popular side). If you've seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, this is the place. They used to run a marathon here (hardest one I've ever done), but that's on hold for a bit.
- PetraJan 29, 2013
One of the most amazing places I have been to is the ancient City of Petra.
Be prepared for the sun, crowd, dust, and dirt road leading to the Siq. But once in the Siq, the path becomes paved, and you have the option of riding one of the donkeys or carriages to see the first awe inspired building, "The Treasury".
The entire city is huge, but stay around the first few hundred meters from the opening and you'll see enough. Remember, you still have to walk back thru the sun, rock, dust, and people.
- PetraMember ofFamily TravelersNov 12, 2012
Where Moses struck Water and I struck Snow:
Up there with such marvellous sites such Machu Picchu, Angkor, Luxor and Bagan is the rose-red city of Petra in Jordan. Described by UNESCO as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage".
Tradition has it that Petra is the spot where Moses struck a rock with his staff and water came forth, while I didn't see any water I was surprised to be walking around the ruins in January while snow sat on the higher parts of the city. It was definitely bloomin cold!
There are many awesome rock-hewn structures, but I think everyone's favourite is the entrance to the city through the narrow Siq. A one-mile crevice in the earth that leads to the gates of the city and the immense Treasury building, made famous in an Indiana Jones film.
Be prepared to do lots of walking, and make sure you wear good shoes, it’s not an easy site to visit with some of the best ruins high on the hill tops, such as the Monastery.
A trip to Petra is one of those memorable experiences that will last with you for ever.
- PetraMember ofBudget TravelersHistory BuffsArt & Design LoversOct 16, 2012
I was there for a few hours and one needs more time. I wish I could have seen it at night. Jordanians were friendly and helpful, but it is very expensive. Take plenty of water and cover yourself, the heat and the dust are brutal.
- PetraMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersLuxury Travelers+ 2Aug 16, 2012
The "lost city" of Petra is an amazing “rose-red city half as old as time” — a supreme archeological site lost in time! Literally, Petra was lost roughly in 106 AD and only rediscovered in 1812 by a traveler! It was the capital of the ‘Nabataean Kingdom’ and a strategic trading center of Arabia, Syria, and Egypt. The town was carved on beautiful red, white, and pink sandstone on the canyons and mountains of Southern Jordan. Its impressive ruins including sculptures, monumental art, and ceramics built in Roman and Byzantine styles are remarkably in shape. This "lost city" is part of the Unesco World Heritage sites, one of the "New 7 Wonders of the World", and has been the setting for Indiana Jones films.
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