Petra is an experience never to be forgotten. It speaks to the ancient history of this complicated area of the world, it tells a story of brilliant architectural design, faith in the human spirit, ingenuity and in the end fulfills exactly what many have come to understand about this ancient land, that humankind existed here, built here and paved the way for generations to come.
I won't take up time telling you about the history of Petra, there is plenty you can find online on that score. Instead let me try and support any notion you have to venture to Petra and try to calm any concerns that would turn you away.
1. Getting there-is actually quite easy. Plenty of good tourist agencies have established trips. My advice don't do this on your own. Go with a recognized and accredited travel agency.they take care of everything from either side of the border (Jordan or Israel).
2. Safety and security-this is simply not an issue. The peace between Israel and Jordan is strong if maybe a bit cold. Yes it's a bit bureaucratic and if travelling to Petra from Israel you have to show your passport more than you think necessary but its surprisingly smooth. And most tour companies supply an armed security guard once in Jordan which gives an unneeded sense of security.
3. Food and drink-try to bring your own water though there is plenty of water to be ought at twice the price. food is plentiful with cafes even set up in the ancient city, though strangely they do not take away from the experience. DRINK, DRINK, DRINK cant stress this enough!!! While not as hot as Eilat it can get oppressive and water is the only antidote.
4. Walking-is an overall theme of Petra. While there is undoubtedly a lot of it don't let it deter you. The walk into Petra is about 2km through an incredible canyon. It's a slight decline so its an easy walk and when you come upon your first glimpse of Petra it all seems worth it. The way back is a bit tougher since you have to negotiate the incline but if you take it easy and have no mobility issues its not as bad a some suggest. For those who complained about donkey dung along the road...give me a break...it's the Middle East, get use to it! You can take a horse, donkey and carriages but urge you not to take it. There are too many stories of tourists being ripped off with demands of exorbitant prices. Forget it! Total walking about 10 km.
5. Overall a great breathtaking experience. Best to go anytime from March to June. After that its just to hot for comfort.
Hope this has been helpful.
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