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Petra Eco Tours - Day Tours

Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
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About Petra Eco Tours - Day Tours
At Petra EcoTours, we have an outstanding team of professionals who are dedicated to providing the highest quality services for all of our guests. We are a group of well-rounded individuals, many of us Bedouins ourselves, and we are known as the guardians of the desert. We are educated in the ways and history of this beautiful land and are dedicated to providing you with the best quality service i
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Susanna HF wrote a review Mar 2020
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts3 contributions
We were more than pleased with our Petra tour from Eilat. Everything worked like clockwork. From the hotel pick-up, to the border crossing, to the tours and accommodations, we had the most amazing time. Our guide in Petra, Kareem Helalat, was simply exceptional! His knowledge and professionalism combined with his humor and picture-taking talent, made our trip unforgettable. We loved everything!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Saljd wrote a review Jun 2019
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Petra is UNESCO World Heritage site and it is treated by the local Bedouins as a playground for all kind of unwelcome activities making the experience absolutely terrible. I will tell you what I observed and experienced: 1. ECO tours coordinated the border crossing and transportation, it was ok. Be prepared to pay $125 (cash) for the visa to Jordan. 2. Our guide was a proud Jordanian that wanted 100% attention and no pictures taken, so he hurried us unnecessarily. So, he end up losing our attention. 3. Once in Petra site there are bedouins and the "authorized" dealers trying to sell you rides on camels, donkies, mules. The prices are not posted anywhere, you are subject to scams because you have to negotiate with the "drivers", so be aware of it. 4. The animal abuse and mistreatment is appalling, the animals are kicked,hit with sticks, belts, and shouted constantly - it is deafening. I witness several instances of violence against the animals that let me speechless, for instance a young child saw a female dog under a bench in front of the Treasury, the dog was seeking shade, the kid hit the dog with all his strength with a piece of wood sending the dog crying in pain; another youngster was riding a donkey going uphill on a 109 degrees day at noon, after probably 4 hours of this animal being ridden with no rest or water. Because the donkey did not go as fast the youngster wanted he punched the donkey in the eye, the animal bolted and hee-hawed which prompted a series of kicks from the rider. Absolute salvage behavior. I saw a place where the animals are parked; however, there is limited shelter and I could not see a single bucket with water. How could it be possible to mistreat so badly these creatures who are the mean of income? How we tourist can ignore this and be accomplices of such cruelty? 5. While you are walking you will be approached to ask you to give the local your water, phone, money, etc and in our case the guide asked the child not to do so... the child picked up a stone and threatened to throw it, it was scary. 6. Arabic is a harsh sounding language and body language is more emotionally active - it is ok; however, these people get in shouting matches and confrontations that for other cultures is very threatening and frightening. I understood there are several "groups" who compete for the tourist getting rides. 7. There are shacks with vendors and a couple "stores". Be aware that you need to hassle the prices and if you decide not to buy anything after asking for the price of an article, you will be subjected to their screams and name calling. 8. The youngsters running (ruining) Petra will offer tourists to guide them to the cliffs in front of the Treasury for a fee, they tell is short walk and easy. It is not short and it is not easy and it is forbidden because it is dangerous and it is ruining the site. 9. I visited during the 1st week of June 2019, it was 109 degrees fahrenheit (88 degrees celsius) at noon. The weather and feces gave the chance to flies to proliferate and it was unbearable. There were few people picking up after the animals here and there.. not to avail. 10. Be careful while walking in the narrow gorge/canyon, the drivers of the carriages, the bedouins riding with passengers on the mules, donkeys or camels will run you over and it will be your fault to be in their way! By the way, if you are a woman, the riders enjoy riding with you - behind you. 11. The brochure that your are given with your entrance ticket to the park says that you can call or talk to the police if you have a complaint (scams, animal abuse, for instance) - Do not bother, the police do not speak any other language than Arabic - so they claim, the phone is not answered and no one cares. My conclusion, buy a book with great pictures, sit down peacefully at home, read/learn about it and save yourself the aggravation and money. I traveled 5800 miles (one way) with my hopes high and opened to a great adventure. I am disappointed at the misled information from ECO tours (I guess it is just a business, we tourist are just ATMs), the local authorities who allow such disgraceful behavior to ruin the experience, and to the UNESCO who just put a plaque and did not look back. Please do NOT visit Petra.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Daddysmoney wrote a review Apr 2019
New Braunfels, Texas22 contributions2 helpful votes
Sheik Mohammed was okay at first, and then, he took off like a scared rabbit. His instructions were not clear and we were LOST in the middle of Petra. He was in a big hurry; we felt ignored and left behind. And then, he was gone. Other tours were also hampering our group and it was hard to stay with him and keep up.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Sherrie B wrote a review Apr 2019
Los Angeles, California22 contributions3 helpful votes
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All of these arrangements were made in advance by our travel agent. We flew to Eilat Israel from Tel Aviv - an easy trip - with the plan to go to Petra for a day tour. Our travel agent secured our visas ahead of time, and Eco Tours took care of the rest regarding the border crossing at Arava from Eilat into Jordan. In fact, we had a phone message from Eco tours waiting for us at our hotel in Eilat when we checked in. They were early to pick us up the following morning and brought us to the border by van. We paid the border crossing fees directly to the Eco employee and she directed us to the crossing gate. We went through the Israeli border and walked into Jordan where another Eco rep walked us through the Jordanian customs process. This was the beginning of our day trip to Petra. We were escorted to a waiting bus, given water and proceeded through the desert into Jordan, making one stop along the way before we then descended into the valley where we were ultimately escorted through Petra by our day-tour guide Ali. A spectacular site from beginning to end. We were able to return to the entrance at our own pace and boarded the bus for the trip back to the border and re-entered Israel. A long but extemely satisfying day.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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rss1836 wrote a review Jun 2018
New York144 contributions84 helpful votes
This trip was incredibly smooth especially considering we had to cross a border and deal with an Israeli and Jordanian travel agency partnership. We were accompanied every step of the way and by my count we had 5 people helping us. Despite the nearly 2 hour drive the 3 hours in Petra was definitely worth it. I was very surprised that we were only going to there for that long but it was very hot and we did not hike. The natural gorge and topography is fabulous but there is really only one building to see and you cannot go inside. There is little to learn as apparently there is not much known about the site and the civilization that was there. Be advised that it is a very long way back on foot or a 35 minute mule ride!
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Date of experience: June 2018
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