Petra Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 98%Adventure Travelers
- 90%History Buffs
- 64%Local Culture
- 64%Spiritual Seekers
- 64%Family Travelers
- 59%Business Travelers
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- PetraMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jul 25, 2014
One of the most incredible places on earth. Have spent days hiking & riding camels through history here and see something new every time I am drawn back. Purchased a camel tooth necklace from local children.... it's so ugly, it's beautiful.
This place is older than time, and so amazingly standing in the desert. I heard that it was lost in time and rediscovered in the 1800s... proving how large this world really is.
When you enter, you walk through an incredibly tall, narrow gorge (called a siq) that must be a mile long. Just walking through the Siq is an experience in itself. The rock formations and deep rich colors are dazzling.
Walking out of the Siq, you will be in awe all over again as you are surprised with the sight of of Al-Khazneh (The Treasury). Indescribable.
Petra is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, industrious Arabs 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.
The architecture - rooms, homes, buildings, tombs... carved into natural stone, is just as amazing as the architecture in Paris - for different reasons.
This hike takes all day (or 5).... in arid desert, so water and protective clothing are essential. There are actually places to purchase local food & beverages inside the confines..... and once you've been there, you will long to return again & again for as long as you live (Just to make sure it was real!)
- PetraMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5May 18, 2014
Absolutely amazing! Go early in the morning, before all the tourists arrive. Hike up to the high sacrifice place - amazing views. Bring snacks and a lot of water with you, there are some kiosks but they tend to be a little pricy. Avoid the camel/donkey rides - animals don't look like they are treated that well, which is very sad. Put on good shoes - there will be a lot of walking.Recommended for:
- PetraFirst to ReviewApr 07, 2014
Truly a wonder. The Nabeteans certainly had an eye for design and knew how to pick a jaw dropping location for their settlement. No amount of photos or words will do this marvel justice. Remarkably well appointed with shops, cafes, small museum, visitors center, pomegranate juice stands, spice store, jewelry stands, and facilities, yet shockingly unspoiled and accessible, Petra is suitable for all visitors.
For those with good legs, I'd recommend walking through the canyons to arrive at the Treasury awed. Explore all the nooks and crannies, the monastery, the roman theater, tombs, take every path and view possible. Two days should cover it. For those less confident in their ambulatory prowess, horse drawn carriages, donkeys and camels are available to transport you to the paths that lead to the major sites. I'm unable to advise on the treatment of animals. Also be prepared to ask in advance and settle on prices. Except at the established restaurant where you'd expect gold at the bottom of your beer... :)
Don't be surprised if you are invited to someone's cave for tea! People still choose to leave their houses to live in the caves as they have done for years.
Be prepared to have your breath taken away!
- 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 amazingRecommended for:
- 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.Recommended for:
- 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.Recommended for:
- PetraMay 24, 2013
Petra is one of the most fascinating places we have ever visited, It is truly like being at one of the wonder of the world sites, EVERYTHING, except the heat is breathtaking, and I guess, I'd have to say so is the heat, it takes your breath away..
- 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 TravelersFoodiesMar 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.
- PetraSep 13, 2012
I saw a photo of Petra sometime at a very young age going though some books in Barnes & Noble. I swore I would go there one day, and when I took the last couple steps out of the winding Siq, I was memorized. Most of the people selling tea and trinkets are Bedouin people who live in the Bedouin town as well as the caves. They are very nice and are known to invite travelers to their caves. If they offer, take a friend and go! The food was great and they are good company.
- PetraMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersWellness+ 4Aug 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.
- PetraJul 05, 2014
Jordan is a very beautiful country and has a variety of places that you can visit and enjoy there,such as Petra,The dead sea,Jerash,Un Qaies,Aqaba and many other places.According to the time that you are planning to visit is a very good time for many reasons mainly the weather there is not so hot and is not so cold so you can enjoy the sea and the mountain areas,of course and as the weather changing it is a must to take with you warm clothes, specially in the evenings.Other thing that you can enjoy there the different entertainment places in the capital of Jordan Amman,not to forget also the delicious and typical Jordanian food.Hope that you enjoy your trip there and if you need more information I can provide you with it.
- PetraJul 05, 2012
We stayed in Petra Moon hotel, which is just 100m from the Petra tourist office. If you have just one day, plan your visit to begin early in the morning - the site is quite big and you can avoid the tourists crowds. Plan to go to the Monastery (Ad Deir) and you will enjoy a lovely sunset. The entrance ticket for one day is 50JDs, for 2 days - 55JDs, so it make sense to stay longer :)
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