Petra

Petra, Petra - Wadi Musa: Hours, Address, Petra Reviews: 5/5

Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Petra (ancient capital city of the Nabataean people) recently proclaimed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
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swoodruf
Muskegon, MI1,038 contributions
Jan 2022
We decided as a small group that we would walk into Petra, and then if we wanted to ride back, we would make that decision. There is a long walk through some beautiful sandstone walls to get back into the city. Immediately you start seeing holes in the sandstone which served as tombs. The walk in is gorgeous, and you start to anticipate what you might see. The sun shines in on different places, and depending on the angle of the sun, I am sure that you would get different views every time. The walkway alternates between pavers which are kind of hard to walk to a sandy path. All along the way, we were asked if we wanted to ride a horse, donkey, or camel. It is quite spectacular when you first see the Treasury Building. Our guide told us that it was never a treasury building; it was built to serve as a tomb. There are several vendors. We found a really unique pendant of the Nabatean god. We also stopped for some refreshment. That man that ran the shop was very friendly. The sites are amazing. It is hard to believe the detail in the sandstone remains after 2200 years! This is a definite must see!
Written January 15, 2022
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teachertraveller17
Los Angeles, CA211 contributions
Dec 2021
The Treasury and beyond is well worth the miles of walking you will do! Be sure to have a guide because the history you will learn about is quite interesting. I was not impressed with the way the animals were treated there so did not take any camel or horse buggy rides. However, if you are too tired to walk back UP that hill, there are golf carts--not cheap--but after 4.5 miles of walking already, we were glad to go up the hill that way!
Written January 12, 2022
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Kimmee K
9 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We went with our 4.5 year old and I was 22 weeks pregnant. Our tour guide from the treasury to the monestary and back was a local bedouin called Abdullah. Petra itself is absolutely incredible! And it definitely isn't just the Treasury. The Monestary was our favourite bit and breathtaking. Being local, Abdullah told us about the cave he used to live in and how they were moved out by the government into a settlement nearby. He helped us take pictures and gave us a basic history of Petra which supplemented the information in the leaflet that comes with the tickets. He took us all the way to the monestary and back on donkeys which was very much appreciated as our 4.5 year old has little legs. The donkeys were a bit bumpy and being pregnant he was careful about leading the donkey up slowly. I walked down from the Monestary to the bottom of the stairs just to be safe. (I later read the book 'Married to a Bedouin' and learnt that local Bedouins ride donkeys well into their 3rd trimester so even though I'm definitely not an expert donkey rider, I was reassured). A real bonus of the donkey was that no one hassled us to buy anything or use their services - they can be quite aggressive. The whole trip lasted about 4 hours and he charged us 20JD per donkey. By the end of the day my son was very tired and ready to go back to the hotel, but he managed the trip in its entirety and enjoyed it so we are glad we waited until he was this age before coming.

One word of warning, at the entrance we encountered people with horses who assured us that the use of the horses to get to the Siq was part of our ticket. It is written on the ticket, but they did tell us before we got on that they would want a "small" tip. We thought we would give it a go and it was fun. During the horse ride down the people leading the horses tried to sell a horse tour to us up to the high place for 30JD per person which we declined as we had prior engagement to meet Abdullah. At the end of the horse ride (which was less than 5 mins) they demanded a 10JD per person tip! We gave them 5JD each as we didn't have that much cash with us and they said they would take us to a cash point to get more! On the way back they were very aggressive about wanting us to take a horse back, we avoided at all costs.

Written January 7, 2022
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reviewingtrooms
7 contributions
Jan 2022
i love this place, i bet if the place has few people in it, it would have been the best. but understandable that we traveled on a holiday. the only thing i didnt like was when i rode a horse, they ripped me off by exceeding the fees. since i am a tourist. i tried walking, but lmao. i guess i need more walking.
and no, i didnt traveled on jan 2022. i traveled way back in 2019 when there isnt a covid yet.
Written January 5, 2022
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Haroon N
Anyway, you are welcome to Jordan at any time... Best Regards Haroon Nawafleh WhatsApp 00962777650482
Written January 8, 2022
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Cristina M
2 contributions
Jan 2022
We enjoyed a lot our time in Jordan and we got great help from our guide and driver from Petra to Dead Sea and from Dead Sea to Queen Alia Airport. He recommended some very good spots, also eating places and he was also very nice and helpful.
Written January 3, 2022
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Haroon N
Thank you for booking with us, thank you very much for writing a review as well, hope to see you again in Jordan. Best Regards Haroon Nawafleh WhatsApp 00962777650482
Written January 4, 2022
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tereztravels
Winnipeg, Canada156 contributions
Nov 2021
We've been to Petra before but hadn't found the way to the very top. Either research it yourself, or let some of the guides who bombard you with it, take you up there. It is worth seeing the view of the treasury from the top. There are two options - we took the one to the very top where you enter a little tent, purchase a drink (pomegranate juice, squeezed right there in the tent, or tea) and enjoy the amazing view. There is another incredible view which doesn't take as long to get to and is a bit lower than the one we did. Of course the rest of Petra is incredible too. The monastery is always worth walking up to and there are places around the top where you can climb up a bit and get some great views as well (and enjoy drinks at the cafe there).
Written January 3, 2022
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IRENA K
16 contributions
Nov 2021
We were visiting Petra and the ancient city is really fascinating.
But it is very hard to enjoy that scenery due to cruel and intensive animal abuse performed there.
The donkys and camels were beaten hard with sticks, rocks, cicked at...
A donkey was forced to cary a tourist with weigh over 100kg, so his spine looked like breaking. When we protested he was also kicked at by the owner. On my way down, a mule driven by a local pushed me to the wall so I could hardly breathe...
We were followed by the locals from the entrance all the way and pushed to buy things to the level it was scary.

Honestly this is what remained in my mind after leaving rather that the beauty of the place, which is amazing.
I would recomend the visit, since it it is unique, but keep your valuables very close and prepare to see animal cruelty.
Written January 3, 2022
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Alison Gauthier
21 contributions
Dec 2021
Expensive but worth it - make a whole day of the trip by walking all the way to the Monastery! Bring your own snacks and drinks because the food is expensive once inside :)
Written January 2, 2022
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Rebecca
United Kingdom1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
This has to be the worst tourist experience in my life although the site is impressive. Petra is literally run by extremely agressive, cruel and dangerous people who pretend to be local Bedouins. I read that these people are protected by UNESCO which is probably why the authorities have no power to do do anything about the situation. The minute you enter the site (after paying a hefty price) you are attacked. The experience was nothing short of an assault that lasted six hours. We were insulted from start to finish at every corner and this left us feeling drained. Seeing the animals being treated with such cruelty makes one wonder why tourists are still encouraging these practices by paying extortionate prices to these people. On one occasion, a group of exhausted and tortured mules ridden by these people came charging towards us and it was a near miss, I feel lucky not to have been seriously injured. UNESCO should review it's protection of these people as they are not harmless Bedouins but rather dangerous individuals. if anything the site is being destroyed by these people rather than being protected.
Written December 30, 2021
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Haroon N
Please, you are writing in the wrong place, this is only for transport from Amman airport to Petra. Best Regards Haroon Nawafleh WhatsApp 00962777650482
Written January 2, 2022
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mrc282
Washington, DC3,131 contributions
Dec 2021
A few things

- There are 3 main hikes at Petra: Al Khubtha Trail, High Place of Sacrifice Trail, and Ad-Deir Trail.

- During the winter months, it may be possible to squeeze all 3 hikes in one day if you start at 6 am but it will be a very very tiring day. It is likely not possible to do all hikes in one day and still be at the right place at the right time to capture good photos with good light. I have a 2-day visit pass to Petra and I saw everything I want and took all the photos I want in 1.5 days.

- Due to the nature of rocks and angles, the rays from morning sun doesnt start hitting the Treasury until about 2-2.5 hours after sunrise. Therefore, there is no reason to wake up early for a sunrise photo. In the afternoon, the Treasury is in the shadows.

- The Monastery faces the afternoon sun. Thus, the best time to visit the Monastery either by direct hike up the 900 steps or via the Petra backdoor method is after 12 noon

- You need to exit Petra before 5 pm (winter time) or 7 pm (summer time). It is still quite a distance, another 45-60 min walk, from the Monastery to the exit gates of Petra. Therefore, it's pretty much impossible to get a good sunset photo of Petra.

Now the bad. This UNESCO World Heritage site could be better managed. There are too many vendors/camels/donkeys around - why are the vendors even allowed in to peddle their goods and service? even the archaeological sites at Egypt ban these activities on site such that they are only confined to the entrance/exit gates. And of course, with all these rampant solicitations comes along the inevitable problem - trash/urination/poop everywhere. Such an eyesore and one of the few places where it smells pungent while hiking out in the nature.
Written December 25, 2021
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