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Journey to Petra

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A November 2012 trip to Petra by ssullivan

Petra Marriott Photo, Wadi Mousa, Jordan More Photos
Quote: The highlight of our week in Jordan was a visit to the ancient, mysterious city of Petra, one of the world's most unusual ancient sites.

Ancient City of Petra

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Attraction | "Our Day in Petra - Part One"

Ancient City of Petra Photo, Petra, Jordan
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Even before my partner and I ever met, both of us had lists of places we had to see during our lives, and one of the places that was a high priority for both of us was Petra. Like so many Americans of our generation, our first glimpse of Petra was in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I remember at some point during my late teenage/young adult life finding out that the massive stone temple carved in the side of a cliff in the final scene of that movie was not a Hollywood set – it is a real place in Jordan, and that place was far more than just that one building – it was an entire city. So when the opportunity arose to travel to Jordan as part of our 2012 big international vacation, we jumped, ...Read More

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

Ancient City of Petra

Attraction | "Our Day in Petra - Part Two"

Ancient City of Petra Photo, Petra, Jordan
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Just past the Roman Soldier Tomb, the Wadi Farasa trail changes. Gone are the stairs, switchbacks, and steep descents. At this point the trail has virtually reached the bottom of the valley again, and what awaited us was a half hour or more of hiking through a hot, dry creek bed with no shade. For a while, there really are no monuments to see up close, either, and the trail becomes a bit more difficult to find. However, the trail does pass the Nabataean garbage dump in this area, a looming mound of pottery pieces and small rocks on the trail’s right side. Broken pieces of ancient pottery are in such abundance here that it’s actually okay to pick up a few pieces and take them home as souvenirs; I found...Read More

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

Al Beidha (Little Petra)

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Attraction | "Little Petra"

Al Beidha (Little Petra) Photo, Petra, Jordan
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On our way out of Wadi Musa, we opted to catch one final glimpse of Petra by visiting a "suburban" outpost, located several kilometers outside the main Petra site. This site, today called Little Petra, features a variety of façades and caves carved out of a narrow canyon, referred to as the Little Siq. This site is believed to have been the point where caravans approaching Petra stopped to unload, rather than entering the actual city. Today it is open to visitors free of charge, and while it is much smaller in scale than the main Petra site, it is still worthy of a short visit.Little Petra features a variety of small caves and façades, of the same style as those seen in the main Petra site...Read More

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Al Beidha (Little Petra)
North Of Petra
Petra, Jordan

Petra Marriott

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Hotel | "Petra Marriott Hotel"

Petra Marriott Photo, Wadi Mousa, Jordan
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For our visit to the ancient city of Petra, we selected the Marriott Petra for our two night stay. This hotel is located just outside the town of Wadi Mousa, and a short drive away from Petra itself. While there are hotels in town that are within walking distance of the gates to Petra, we opted for the Marriott, given that we had our own rental car, and were staying on a Marriott Rewards award stay.The Marriott Petra is a very nice, small property, offering full-service amenities, recently renovated rooms, and incredible views of the Petra Mountains. Our room, while on the small side, was very nicely appointed and modern. Upon arrival we were soon greeted with an incredible sunset view acr...Read More

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Petra Marriott
Queen Rania Al Abdallah St
Wadi Mousa, Jordan
962-3-2156407

Mövenpick Resort Petra

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Hotel | "Dinner at Al Saraya at the Petra Mövenpick"

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On our first night in Wadi Musa, we dined at the Al Saraya restaurant, located inside the Mövenpick Hotel, just outside the gate to Petra. The Mövenpick is the most expensive, and nicest, hotel in the area, and along with the Crowne Plaza, is one of the two hotels closest to Petra. We had seen several recommendations of the restaurants at the Mövenpick, so we decided to enjoy dinner there after our arrival at the Petra Marriott.The Mövenpick has seven different options for food and drink. We decided to dine at Al Saraya, the hotel’s Mediterranean buffet. While expensive by local standards, the meal was still very reasonably priced at approximately $20 USD. The restaurant has a very large, ...Read More

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Mövenpick Resort Petra
P.O. Box 214
Petra, Jordan 71810
+962 (3) 2157111