Petra Journals

Pacing Perfect Petra

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A travel journal to Petra by Slug

Ancient City of Petra Photo, Petra, Jordan More Photos
Quote: In early 2011, I wrote four articles for simonseeks.com - unfortunately the site went belly up before I could publish them. Rather than keep them languishing on my hard drive, bits and pieces will be posted on igougo.

Ancient City of Petra

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Attraction | "Getting the measure of Petra"

Ancient City of Petra Photo, Petra, Jordan
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Petra was built around 2,500 years by the Nabatians, a trading Arab tribe. The Nabatians discovered a value to locally found bitumen and copper. Soon, they had more wealth than they knew what to do with. They did what many men do; attempt to buy their way to everlasting life by carving ornate temple caves out of the rock in the Petra valley to please their God and in tribute to their ancestors.On the peaks above Petra, the Nabatians created a mountain top temple, complete with drainage channels possibly for sacrificial blood to drip down the mountainside to demonstrate very physically just how godly they were. It appears this show of devotion or wealth didn’t help the Nebatians...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2012

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

The Treasury (al-Khazna)

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Attraction | "Tourist trap but still amazing"

The Treasury (al-Khazna) Photo, Petra, Jordan
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Perhaps it says something for humanity's lazy nature, but the first monument viewed after the trek down the Siq is the most famous and revered; the Treasury. Note it is in shadow for much of the day, so a fairly early morning skoot down the Siq provides the best time for photos (about 2 hours after sun up).For many people the Treasury is Petra, and as it was used in the filming of Indiana Jones, you will hear people humming the theme tune as you wander down the Siq. I seriously worry for the future of humanity sometimes. In fact, if you take the time to really explore the site of Petra, the Treasury is only one of perhaps half a dozen equally impressive tombs (and just one of o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 27, 2012

The Treasury (al-Khazna)

Petra / Wadi Musa, Jordan

Petra: The Siq

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Attraction | "The Siq: fantastic gateway to Petra "

Petra: The Siq Photo, Petra, Jordan
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While Petra is associated with the Indiana Jones movies, a couple of minutes just surveying the scene at the head of the Siq (the main modern day entrance to the temples of Petra) could have you thinking they are filming a new Pirate of the Caribbean. It is typical Bedouin fashion; the male vendors of the numerous camel and horse rides down the Siq wear their hair long, grow wispy beards and put kohl around their eyes. While it works for the younger and skinnier men, unfortunately a few of the older and fatter guys look more Boy George than Johnny Depp.Most tourists to Petra start from the adjoining town of Wadi Musa, and so their route into Petra is down the long and narrow w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2012

Petra: The Siq
Entry Hike Into Petra
Petra, Jordan

The Monastery

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Attraction | "Petra's Second Most Famous Monument but the Grandest"

The Monastery Photo, Petra, Jordan
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A walk to the single most impressive monument in Petra takes over 800 hard but well spaced out steps up hill, but most people find the journey to the hugely imposing Monastery most worthwhile. The trip to the Monastery seems to be the route almost "everyone" attempts, so the path is quite busy. However hot and red in the face you might get climbing up the hill, I will vouch there will be someone redder and hotter making the attempt on this route. However, fat and unfit you might feel, I will vouch... OK, you get the picture.The walk to the Monastery itself actually isn't the most exciting as the path is the most maintained on the site, and there is a steady line of trinket sell...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2012

The Monastery
Hills above Petra
Petra, Jordan

Ancient City of Petra

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Attraction | "My absolute favourite Petra Hike"

Ancient City of Petra Photo, Petra, Jordan
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I found this Petra circular walk to offer the best "bang for your buck" as there are great views from the top and a series of fascinating tombs to explore. The route starts from near the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre in the main basin of Petra. While I can't advise visitors to ignore the signs imploring you to only take the route with the aid of an official guide, it is clear to follow, there are a good number of fellow walkers, and although steep, safe underfoot. The cynic in me suggests the sign is an attempt to get gullible tourists to part with their money. Obviously, it helps to wear proper walking shoes, and take plenty of water (although there are a few tea sellers en-route). ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 23, 2012

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

Umm al Biyara

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Attraction | "A peaceful hard climb to Umm al Biyara"

Umm al Biyara Photo, Petra, Jordan
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For our final day we decided to climb one of the higher peaks and take a walk from the crowds. While I had gotten a little fed up with the sheer numbers of people wandering over the most popular sites (the siq, the treasury and the climb to the Monastery in particular), we moved from the ridiculous to the sublime – we passed only one other party enroute all day. The quiet of Umm al Biyara gave a hint of what the original travellers must have experienced in Petra, although it also felt just a little scary; we may have been up there hours had we had an accident. First up, we wandered through the Bedouin camp on the edge of the main Petra attractions beyond the cafe and the museum, to the r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 21, 2012

Umm al Biyara

Petra, Southern Jordan