Petra is one of the 7 wonders for a reason. It is spectacular. I did not realize ahead of time, just how enormous an area it is, and would have spent a few days here in order to fully enjoy it. There is a lot of walking - so be sure to be prepared for that. We took the horses which are "free" with an entrance ticket into Petra, but they will expect a gracious tip at the end of the ride (we gave them about 5USD per horse). Be forewarned that there are other people with donkeys and horses who offer to give you rides vs. walking - if you don't want to ride, be upfront and tell them so directly and they will move on.
The actual ruins in Petra are spectacular - we hired a guide at the ticket office who was very knowledgable and we felt that had we went on our own, we would have missed out on a lot. Overall it was an excellent experience. Our kids even enjoyed the experience, and it was a LONG day!
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