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Petra - The Definitive Guide

An April 2002 trip to Petra by DrMaximus

El Khazneh Photo, Petra, Jordan More Photos
Quote: The highlight of my Jordanian trip must have been the ancient city of Petra, famed world wide for having been the filming location of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Petra - The Definitive Guide

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Overview

Petra Photo, Petra, Jordan
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1. First view of the Treasury... Indiana style! 2. Realizing that the Siq actually has many hidden treasures to offer 3. A private tour around the site with a police man 4. Locating numerous secret locations offering superb panoramas Quick Tips: Plan to cover all the way up to the Colonnaded Street in your first day. On the second day, hire a donkey or camel to get up the the Al Deir and spend the whole day at the area beyond the Al Deir. Be sure to commence on your return trip by 4pm to arrive at the entrance by closing time at 6pm. On your third day, hike up to the High Place of Sacrifice. Bring lots of water and sun protection.Best Way To Get Around: Donkeys a...Read More

Valentine Inn

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Hotel

Valentine Inn Photo, Petra, Jordan
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200m from the circle in downtown Wadi Mousa is this very controversial accommodation choice with a very interesting history. Valentine, the current owner of this backpackers’ inn, told me that she had just bought over the previous hotel (Twaissi Hotel) and renamed it. The previous hotel, as I was told, was ordered to shut down because the owner had repeatedly molested his guests. The owner of another hotel told me quite a different story, that Valentine Inn and its predecessor are actually owned by the same person, just renamed to avoid clashes with the authorities. Their alleged scam, as I was told, was uncovered and the Inn was ordered to shut down within two weeks from the time I visited. In ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2002

Valentine Inn
200m from the circle downtown
Petra, Jordan
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Peace Way Hotel

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Hotel

Peace Way Hotel Photo, Petra, Jordan
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Located at Tourist Street, this hotel impressed me with super high quality rooms comparable to three or even four star hotels. En-suite facilities are also clean and well maintained, and the rooms are equipped with visible frills. The hotel has three restaurants - a breakfast café, an outdoor dinner restaurant and a rooftop BBQ area for their weekly BBQ dinners. Service is prompt and responsive, and all guests are invited to mint tea or Turkish coffee upon arrival at the lobby café which is also well-stocked with brochures and numerous guide books. There are several rooms available that cater to all your needs, and prices range from JD12 to JD22. With such reasonable room rates, it is no wonder that t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2002

Peace Way Hotel
Tourist Street
Petra, Jordan

Ancient City of Petra

Attraction | "Overnighting inside Petra"

Ancient City of Petra Photo, Petra, Jordan
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The official stand is that over-nighting within the site is disallowed after closing time. This rule, however, is also hardly imposed, it at all possible. Once through the gates, Petra seems to be a free-for-all, no man’s land where the enforcement of laws is all but possible. The area, about forty square kilometres in size, is mountainous with countless routes, caves and tombs. Much of this land mass are deserted and make good camping grounds. In fact, Bedouins who call Petra their home are a common sight. My travel companion was invited to the cave house of one such local who then extended the invitation for her to stay at his house. This, just to prove a point that camping in Petra is not too farfe...Read More

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Ancient City of Petra
Petra Gates To El Khasneh
Ma'an Governorate, Jordan

El Khazneh

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Attraction

El Khazneh Photo, Petra, Jordan
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"The first glimpse of the Khazneh as you abruptly reach the end of the Siq is truly breathtaking, so much so that no amount of descriptive prose does it justice, it is better experienced first-hand. The urn perched at the top of the monument was believed to hold countless treasures, gold and precious jewels, hence the monument’s name. Inspired by classical Hellenistic architecture, the Khazneh’s façade is 30 metres wide and 43 metres high. Carved in the first century BC as a tomb for a Nabataean king, some scholars believe it was later used as a temple. The elaborately carved façade depicts Nabataean gods and goddesses and mythological figures." Although super impressed by its exterior, I must ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2002

El Khazneh
Petra
Petra, Jordan

El Khazneh

Attraction | "El Khazneh Candle Light Tour"

El Khazneh Photo, Petra, Jordan
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Imagine returning to Petra at night, walking down the Siq, and seeing the Treasury lit by hundreds of candle lights? Nightly walking tours are available for JD12 per person. Tours commences after sunset at 9pm. Tickets and more information can be had at the information centre near the ticket booth. A friend of mine who went for this walking trip felt that JD12 was fairly steep a price to pay, considering the tour ends at the Treasury and visitors are then promptly herded out of the site. A major plus is the unofficial and non-guaranteed chance to take a trip, by candle light, INSIDE the chambers of the Treasury – an unforgettable experience which is usually strictly prohibited.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 9, 2002

El Khazneh
Petra
Petra, Jordan

Thief’s Plateau – Secret Photo Location of the Tre Photo, Petra, Jordan
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Most travellers content themselves in taking the vastly seen picture of the Khazneh as seen from behind a crevice in the Siq. That’s indeed a nice picture souvenir to have – kind of a “been there, done that” thing to do – but there are better, more uncommon shots to be had. As you stand facing the Khazneh, you will see to your right several large, coarse boulders that seem to casually create a flight of steps. Follow the trail, with utmost care, up a fairly comfortable route, and you will arrive at a plateau, the highest point in the vicinity of the area. Here, unparalleled and complete views can be had of the Treasury, and valuable photos taken. Be advised that the brief hike, which takes about eight...Read More

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Thief’s Plateau – Secret Photo Location of the Tre
Petra
Petra, Jordan

Petra: The Siq

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Attraction | "The Siq"

Petra: The Siq Photo, Petra, Jordan
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"The Siq, a narrow 1.2km long gorge hemmed in by 100m cliffs, is the main entrance into Petra. The entrance used to be marked by a Roman archway of which only the vertical ruins are visible." The Siq is actually not the first entrance into Petra that visitors will come across. The first entrance – the gate – is where tickets and passes are checked. From here it is possible to ride horses and ponies to arrive at the start of the Siq, which is about one kilometre away. Prices vary widely according to the tourism climate, most offers are between JD3 and JD5 for a quick ride lasting not more than 5 minutes, but I received numerous offers of JD1. Do not be overly anxious about wanting to s...Read More

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Petra: The Siq
Entry Hike Into Petra
Petra, Jordan

The Monastery

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Attraction | "Al Deir"

The Monastery Photo, Petra, Jordan
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"The largest of Petra’s monuments, the Deir (Monastery) is reached after a strenuous but well rewarded trek. A flight of 800 steps cut into the rock takes you up to the 45x50 meter structure. This temple, or tomb, was clearly an important pilgrimage site, with worshippers and priests using a processional route to congregate in the open area in front of the monument. From the 4th century onwards it was used as a monastery during the Christian Byzantine era when crosses were painted on its rear wall." The route to the Al Deir is surprisingly arduous, so allow yourself at least an hour or more to arrive there. The map does not depict elevation, but know that the route is continually ascending, at t...Read More

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The Monastery
Hills above Petra
Petra, Jordan

The Monastery

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Attraction | "Al Deir and Beyond & The Note"

The Monastery Photo, Petra, Jordan
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There is an entire world to explore beyond the Al Deir which is not marked out on the free map. As you stand with your back against the Monastery, look up and to the right and you will see a high peak. Just slightly beneath the peak is a huge chunk cut out from the mountain. It’s actually a huge tomb whose fairly elaborate carvings are not visible from afar. There is no specific route to get up there, but it seemed fairly obvious to hike up a very vertical route to arrive at the tomb. Beware of the numerous loose and falling rocks, and always keep your centre of gravity low by bending your knees and curving your back as you climb. To get to the peak from the tomb, walk further ahead after passing the ...Read More

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The Monastery
Hills above Petra
Petra, Jordan

Ancient City of Petra

Attraction | "Street of Facades, Colonnaded Street & the Theatre"

Ancient City of Petra Photo, Petra, Jordan
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"Past the Khazneh is the Street of Facades. These rows of houses (tombs) with intricate carvings are thought to be of Assyrian origin. The street of facades leads into the theatre. Built originally by Nabataeans, the 7000 seat theatre was enlarged and used by Romans."

"Once you have reached the Colonnaded Street you are at the heart of the city of Petra. Once a bustling marketplace, lined with shops and houses, the street was central to daily life."

The Theatre, with its high and steep stairway, is worth the tough climb up, if not to enjoy a full view of the theatre, then that of the entire surrounding area.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 9, 2002

Ancient City of Petra
Petra Gates To El Khasneh
Ma'an Governorate, Jordan

Ancient City of Petra

Attraction | "Introduction to Petra"

Ancient City of Petra Photo, Petra, Jordan
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The highlight of my Jordanian trip must have been the ancient city of Petra, famed world wide for having been the filming location of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. One’s first view of the Treasury, locally known as Al Khazneh, after a long walk through a 1.2km long gorge (Siq), is indeed unforgettable. As accurately described in the brochure courtesy of the Tourism Board, "Hidden amongst the ancient canyons of Jordan’s south is Petra, the most mystic and glorious of Jordan’s treasures. An eternal tribute to a lost civilization, Petra is the highlight of a trip to Jordan. Carved entirely into the naturally pink rocks, the remains of the once lost Nabataean city of Petra include temples, Ro...Read More

Ancient City of Petra
Petra Gates To El Khasneh
Ma'an Governorate, Jordan

Entrance Ticket Politics & Money Matters

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Ticket prices, ranging from 12JD to 20JD, fall appreciably as you purchase multi-day passes. Each three-day pass entitles the holder to an additional fourth day at no extra cost. Multi-day pass holders are also admitted one hour before the site’s official opening hours. Generous student discounts are available, so be sure to bring along your green ISIC. It is a requirement to write your name and place your signature on your pass, but this rule is hardly ever imposed – my pass was never documented and I was not once questioned nor put on the spot. The result being, quite happily, that it is fairly possible to purchase a three-day pass (valid for four days) for two person’s use – two days per person on ...Read More