After our day in Wadi Rum, Petra was next on our list! We got back to the Wadi Rum Visitor Center early in the morning where we met Ibraheem’s cousin. He was the one to bring us to Petra.
After an 1-2 hours drive we were finally in Petra, the capital of the Nabataean Arabs and is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.
We had to bring our passport, and the tickets cost us 50JOD p.p (if you are on a day trip to Petra and Jordan the prices is higher: 90 JOD).
We walked down to where the horses are to get a ride to The Siq. We’ve heard so much about “transport” in Petra; people been scammed and payed too much money. The ride is included in the ticket, but please give a little tip.
We then got off the horses and wandered through The Siq, which is the main road leading to the city of Petra. A split rock with length of about 1200 m and a width of 3-12 m, and height up to about 80 m. If you want to know more, check out: visitpetra.jo and on this Facebook page.
At the end of the narrow gorge Petra’s most elaborate ruin Al Khazneh (popularly known as “the Treasury”) appears. You step out of the Siq and get to see the big majestic temple carved out of a sandstone cliff.
You may have seen the Treasury in the movie ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’? It isn’t the Treasury that appears in ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’, but the Monastery (Arabic: Ad Deir), which is also located within Petra and often confused with The Treasury. We didn’t go all the way in to the Monastery, but we did see lots of other locations, such as the Theater, Royal Tomb, Colonnaded Street and the Great Temple.
From the Theatre and all the way to the exit of the main trail and back to the Treasury we rode camels.
We took it easy, wandered around, looked and wondered how it’s possible, and how they did it back then, for over 2,000 years ago! How was it possible?
And of course, we took lots of photos and bought some souvenirs.
Did you know?
Petra was rediscovered in 1812 by the Swedish explorer Johan Ludwig Burckhardt during his expedition, which was funded by the British Royal Geographical Society, in the Levant, Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula.
Around half past four Ibraheem came to pick us up. We first stopped at a restaurant nearby to try some local food before we went on to our next destination. On our way Ibraheem guided us and showed us some places.
Our hotel for our next two nights was the Dead Sea Spa Hotel (http://www.dssh.jo ) – As you can imagine, located at the dead sea.
The Dead Sea or the Salt Lake in Jordan is the earth’s lowest point and lies over 400 meters below sea level.
The Dead Sea is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean.