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Reviewed December 7, 2014

The experience of being at Petra can be magical or harrowing depending on the way you do it. For me, I followed a few basic rules and the experience was incredible. The site deserves a certain amount of respect and you will have to put in a bit of effort to make it memorable but I can assure you that you will not be disappointed. When I entered the Siq at 6:00 am, I was alone there and the walk through was almost meditative! But on my way back at around 3:30 pm, the place had transformed into a noisy chaotic market place full of ill-behaved tourists! The crowds begin pouring in at around 9:30-10 am.

To make the most of your visit -
1) Wake up early and reach the Petra Visitor's Centre at 6:00 am. You will be one of the first visitor's there and so will be able to enjoy the experience without the crazy tourist crowds.
2) Wear comfortable clothing, use sunscreen and wear a rimmed hat. It does get pretty hot.
3) Pace your walk so as to reach the monastery by around noon or a little before. It will take you around 4-5 hours if you walk at a casual pace and spend time taking photos and admiring the awesomeness around you.
4) Wear comfortable shoes. The final stretch before you reach the monastery includes climbing around 800 uneven rock steps. Its not that tough a climb but an uncomfortable pair of shoes will make it seem like Mission Impossible! ;)
5) Try to stay quiet even if you are in a group (especially when walking through the Siq). You will have a much more rewarding experience and will also not ruin it for others!

I spent a day at Petra but I would suggest at least a 2-day trip as there is a lot to see.

And one last thing, please do not litter when at Petra (or for that matter any place!). The authorities have kept bins at regular intervals and using them would just be a small step towards being a sustainable traveller!

Have a fantastic trip!

Cheers. :)

2  Thank Vijay N
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

Natural sandstone formations beyond imagination, horse and camel rides, cave tombs, and exquisite limestone colors. For those walking-averse, catch a camel or horse ride. One of the must-see seven wonders of the world.

2  Thank MA K
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

It's one place that everybody must visit. One wonder of the world. But be prepared for big walks. Two days for visit everything is needed.

Thank JujoGarciaOjeda
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Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is definitely one of the most interesting places I have ever been to. Go with a guide if you want to get the most out of your time and also the lowdown on how to deal with the hawkers / donkey / camel / horse handlers.

The first view of the Treasury is amazing. We were lucky enough to go during a week which was not so busy - probably because it was about 5 degrees! Hats, scarves and gloves all round which were definitely needed when walking through the Siq out of the sunshine and also up the steps on the walk to the view overlooking the Treasury. I can imagine the heat being very overbearing in summer so if you get to go when it's hot and sunny, go as early as you can and be prepared.

There is a LOT of walking involved - much of it on sandy terrain and uneven steps so make sure you wear comfortable, supportive footwear.

You can get food and drink inside but I would recommend taking water and food from outside as it's not cheap in there (apart from the tea and coffee in front of the treasury which was reasonably priced).

There is too much to see in one day so take your time and spread your visit over a couple of days if you can. A one day entry is 50 JOD and two days is only 5 JOD more at 55JOD so worth it. We only had one day and didn't have time to do the Monastery or the High Place of Sacrifice. I'm delighted as it means I will have to come back!

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Reviewed December 4, 2014

An unforgettable experience, I hadn't expected the site to be so vast, I walked here for hours, no hassle. Sat and watched the world go by over a mint tea, it doesn't get better than that.

Thank DorsetNomad49
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