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High Place of Sacrifice

Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: The so-named "High Place of Sacrifice" is a modestly challenging hike up from the valley floor.  The climb begins in the large, open area fairly... more »
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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We rocked up at Petra around 7am, first people through the gate. We hiked to the High Place of Sacrifice. Its steep and narrow in place, so if you're scared of heights avoid it, but man oh man, it was totally worth it!!!! Absolutely stunning. We stayed at the top for a while and had our little picnic. There appeared... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We climbed up here the second morning and enjoyed this enormously. The climb was not too bad for an average fit person, and this is a shorter way than up to the Monastery. (I noticed that some reviewers seemed to prefer Monastery very much over this one. I do not see such a big difference in their interestingness, and I... More

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Beirut, Lebanon
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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This was at the end of our hike and it was so overrated. We wish we didn't do it as it really took a lot of our energy and although the view was nice, you can easily do without seeing it as the rest of Petra has even more beautiful views.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Definitely worth the hike. You have fabulous views of the other Petra sites from the top. There are places to stop for tea along the way. Take a few minutes to hang out at the top and enjoy the views.

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Mississauga, Canada
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126 reviews 126 reviews
68 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This was the last hike we did in Petra and we found it to be the only hike that disappointed it. Yes the views are nice at the top but if you have done the other main hikes I don't think you need to do this one. We'd wished we'd skipped it so that we could have saved some energy.... More

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Briarcliff Manor, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The climb nearly killed me, but it was worth it. It is a fascinating place, as is all of Petra, complete with an older woman selling her trinkets at the seeming top of the world.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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110 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I agree with previous comments-- this trek, like many others in Petra, is best attempted if you are reasonably fit and OK with a decent climb. There's nothing too dangerous here, and skill isn't particularly required, but being somewhat able to manage a strenuous walk is necessary. The view--and your sense of fulfillment upon reaching the top-- are what makes... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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40 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Considering the long hard climb, the end result is a fairly disappointing site with a so-so view. Do it only if you are athletic and have plenty of time. The only surprise was a local lady setting up a stall selling souvenirs right next to the High Place of Sacrifice.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

You can see all the way to Wadi Musa. The views from up there are spectacular. Also go down towards the city centre to see the lion monument and some interesting tombs.

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Rainham, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Having arrived on site at Petra at 7:00 on our second day, we made the High Place of Sacrifice our first stop. It was a hardish climb but there were wonderful views at each turn. We were virtually alone, apart from the local traders who were just setting up. The sacrificial site was interesting but the final 360 degree views... More

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