Petra – Quaint, Historic and Enjoyable
You simply can’t plan on visiting Jordan without putting Petra on your list too. Not only is the landscape one of the most natural and picturesque in the world, Petra is also home to a history that goes back centuries. The place was lost for hundreds of years before being discovered (early 1800s). The red, white, pink, and sandstone cliff faces are a testament to time’s passage. Catch them at their best in the early morning or late afternoon times. Petra is one of the wonders of the world. Check out other wonders of the world.
To truly enjoy the beauty of Petra, you’ve got to add at least three or four days to your schedule for it. If you’re the lone traveler type, there are maps and guidebooks available at Petra Visitor’s Center. It’s not a city, per se, but more of a site situated in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. It was once a trading center between 400 B.C. and A.D. 106. (credit)
How to get to Petra, Jordania
You can either walk the 1-kilometer long Siq to get there or you can opt for the quaint horse-drawn carriage. The best way to experience the site itself is to hire a camel, horse or donkey to get around. The latter-most animal is great for climbing.
As far the extent of the site goes, it’s quite big. A thriving society once called this place home. Consider Al-Deir with its 800 steps and the High Place of Sacrifice with its 1050 steps. They’re a bit of a climb, but the sights are awesome in these locations and so was the culture that once existed here.
Don’t forget or forgo a tour inside the Petra Archaeological Museum. A lot of the site’s history resides inside and you can find ‘finds’ that tell you tales of bygone eras. If you want that less modern feel, check out the hillside of Al-Habees where you’ll find the Nabataean structure, it’s basically a mini-museum in its own right.
Petra experiences very hot weather in summer from June to September and cold winters from December to March. In summer the climate can be a bit steamy so pack slippers/sandals, sportswear, baggy clothes and such like. Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen, sunglasses and a wide-brim hat. Don’t make the mistake of not covering your body with sun protective clothing. The best time to visit Petra is in Spring or Autumn.
It’s suggested you take a few pairs of running shoes as they’re life-savers when it comes to the climbing part of your trip. The entry costs are pretty affordable for a site this ancient. Then again, who wouldn’t want to stand inside a site that National Geographic pinned up as still harboring secrets? It’s also where they shot Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Don’t forget the place is a monastery and the superb architecture and beautiful setting is worth being a part of, among other things that make Petra stunning. (photo credit)