Petra Is the Jewel of Jordan!

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Petra has always been on my must-see list, so when a beach vacation in Aqaba, Jordan came up, I had the chance to visit this sandstone marvel. After arriving at the parking lot, you have to walk a narrow passage (a few meters wide) for a while, and out of nowhere there it is – the Treasury you have seen in all the photos! Just incredible! If you continue further down, there are a lot more ruins, but nothing beats the Treasury! At the end there are small restaurants. It is also possible to do a one hour climb to get a far reaching view of the area. I didn’t do the climb, as I was more than content with the views I got from the surrounding cliffs. You can also pay for horses or donkeys to take you down/up the passage.

I was on a bus tour, but if you’d like you can hire a taxi to take you there. It’s a few hours drive from Aqaba. It felt like everybody arrived early in the morning, so maybe going in the afternoon should be considered.

Website: visitpetra.jo

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20 thoughts on “Petra Is the Jewel of Jordan!

  1. Well, this is so amazing. I’m planning a cruise in April, 2017 from Dubai to Athens, and the highlight for me will be docking at Aqaba and planning a day trip to Petra and Wadi Rum. Being a huge fan of “Lawrence of Arabia”, I’ve always wanted to see these places. Great post. Thanks.

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  2. My image of Petra is forever ruined now that I hear there are parking lots and a restaurants. I should’ve guessed it wouldn’t have been like I imagined from the Indiana Jones movie. it’s on my wish list too though!

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    • Went in January. In Aqaba, at the coast, the weather was nice – warm and sunny. I was tanning and going for a swim in the pool, not the sea, too cold. Colder in Petra, like thin long-sleeves. And very cold (at least in a t-shirt…) and windy while crossing higher altitudes on the way there. Summer in the Middle East is sweltering hot. Hope you get to see it some day!

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