Visit Petra – 26 Reasons Why Petra Should Be On Your Bucket List

Visit Petra – 26 Reasons Why Petra Should Be On Your Bucket List

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‘I want to visit Petra’ is undoubtedly the first words blurted out of someone’s mouth when they announce they are going to Jordan. And with good reason, after all, the iconic image of The Treasury is used pretty much on every piece of tourist board branding out there, so it’s not surprising that a trip to this UNESCO World Heritage site is on everyone’s Jordanian Bucket List.

The Treasury is no doubt mind-blowingly awesome. Straight out of the set of Tomb Raider – or more accurately Indiana Jones, I think I stood there with my mouth wide open – flycatcher style, for a good 5 minutes while I took in what I was seeing. It’s actually difficult to describe how beautiful the millennia-old oversize rock carving, (which is what is essentially is!), looks.

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A chilly early start meant that I had the place pretty much to myself!

However, as awe-inspiring The Treasury is, there is so much more to see when you visit Petra. As Archaeological Parks go, this is up there with the best! A temple-junkies dream.

Fascinating fact: the original name of what we know today as Petra was ‘Raqeem’. It was the Greeks who renamed it ‘Petra,’ which means the rock.

A very brief history of Petra

The Nabateans were an Arab tribe, living around the desert to the east of Jordan. They first appeared in the 6th Century BC mostly living a nomadic life. By the second century, the Nabateans had developed into an organised society.  Petra became the Capital of the Nabataean Empire at about 1st Century BC. At its peak, Petra had approximately 25,000 people living there.

Petra came under the rule of the Roman Empire until the 4th Century when an earthquake destroyed large chunks of the city.  A subsequent change in trade routes meant that by the 7th Century, Petra was all but abandoned with the exception of the Bedouin people.  It was rediscovered in 1812 by the Swiss explorer Johannes Burckhardt. Petra was given UNESCO World Heritage status in 1985. More recently Petra was voted as one of The New 7th Wonders of the World.

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Tickets For Petra

Available in 1,2 or 3-day pass (for multiple days DO NOT forget your passport, they print your name on the ticket and they do check at the entry!) Prices at the time of writing are 50, 55 and 60JD ($70/77/84 or £56/61/67) respectively. Only buy your ticket from an official vendor, or the Ticket Shop at the entrance.

If you bought a Jordan Pass as part of a visa and attraction bundle, you’d have had the option of buying a 1,2 or 3 day Petra pass with that.  This needs to be done BEFORE you visit the country.

Regardless of how you buy your ticket, if you have the time, I highly suggest you visit Petra over a 2-day ticket. This gives you more time to explore everything fully giving you plenty of chillax time to enjoy and take in what you are looking at as well as hike some of the surrounding trails.

The Petra Visitor Centre

Useful for the obvious – to buy tickets at the start of the day, but IF you have time it also has an informative little museum attached as well as that all-important WiFi. The visitor centre is surrounded by overpriced mediocre eateries and souvenir shops, so unless you’re desperate for either of these, then bypass all this. There is a useful luggage hold where you can store larger items (like a suitcase or backpack) for a fee. It was 10JD ($14/£11) at the time of visit for a the whole day.

How to visit Petra – Map Vs App

You will get given a good ol’ fashioned paper map at the ticket shop when you visit Petra, there is also a nifty little app, aptly (see what I did there) called ‘Visit Petra’.  This official app has a digital map, a route planner showing the terrain, loads of information about points of interest. It’s free to download and available from the Google Play or Apple Store. There are various Wi-Fi hotspots around the Archaeological Site.

The Best Time To Visit Petra

Petra is an all year round destination – however it can reach sweltering temperatures in the peak of summer (36°C!) and there is very little shelter at the site to escape the rays.

The best time of year is during spring (March – May) and autumn (September to November). Chances of rain are higher towards the start of the year, and the desert can get very cold at night during the begining and end of the year.  On average though, temperatures are pleasant and warm during the day time – around 18-25°C.

The gates to Petra open at 6 am, so if you’re after those stunning Insta-snaps with no one else in them, then I suggest you arrive at the gate before this time. Leave it to a more humanly hour, and the place is rammed.

Map of Petra

This map of Petra shows all the areas of interest I talk about in this post. Depending how long you have, will depend of the route you take. Do the most popular atrractions early on in the day (The Treasury and Monastery) and then go back and do some of the more off-beaten-track places when the crowds are at their peak.

26 Awesome Things To See When You Visit Petra

1. The Gateway - Bab Al Siq

Bab Al Siq is probably the first epic thing you’ll see when you visit Petra. Basically ‘Bab’ in Arabic,  translates to ‘gateway’. You are at the Gateway to the Siq. Here you’ll see a number of smaller temples and monuments you’ll pass as you walk from the park entrance to the Siq. Check out the three HUGE square monuments carved out of the rock. These are called Djinn blocks. You’ll also notice the Obelisk tomb, a temple with four pyramids on top of it.  

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2. The Dam

Yes, it kinda looks like a brick wall – it is! Originally built by the Nabataeans to protect the city from floods and then renovated in the 1960s. It redirected the seasonal flood waters into a nearby tunnels. You can see some of the irrigation system carved into the cliff face and running alongside the wall in the Siq.

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Irrigation systems carved into the Siq from "Petra,Lost Kingdom of the NABATAEANS" by llee_wu is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

3. The Siq

Probably the second most iconic landmark at Petra is The Siq. This is the gateway into the city of Petra. You can see the remnants of a once huge gatehouse/arch (only the crumbling foundations are left now) at the entrance.

The majority of the immense rock formation is mostly naturally formed, with its sheer walls stretching up well over 90m above. This meandering 1.2km channel varies in width from around 3m-12m, just breathe in as the horse carts come rattling past.

The Siq opens up onto The Treasury, however, it’s an absolute tease.  The Siq meanders its way along and with each turn you expect to see the iconic view of the Treasury through the crack in the Siq. With every bend a there’s a slight diapointment, that you haven’t reached it yet. It’s 100% worth the wait when finally, you get your first jaw-dropping glimpse of The Treasury for the first time.

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The Siq teases you with its meandering passage, until you are presented with this! It's worth the wait.

4. The Treasury (Al Khaznah)

Even before you arrive, you will instantly get that seen-before feeling of The Treasury. As you exit the Siq the stunning facade of Treasury will be looming over you in all her glory. At around 40 metres in height, covered in intricate columns, friezes, statues carved into the red sandstone it’s blatant why so many films have used this as their backdrop.

One of the sole reasons to arrive insanely early when you visit Petra will be to have The Treasury pretty much to yourself, minus a few other budding photographers, a few vendors and camels. At peak times you are sharing this place with what feels like the rest of the world.

You can’t go inside but according to the guide books there are three chambers inside, the actual use of the building was unknown and there are rumours of there being a burial chamber underneath. 

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The unsocial hour I had to wake up to get here before the crowds is 100% worth it. The Treasury is stunning!

5. The Street of Facades

Unless you head back out of the Siq or climb up one of the look-out points and cliff top walks (I’ll talk more about look-out points later) the only route you can take is to the right and along the wider opening to The Street of Facades. Aptly named due to the number of carvings in the rock face these are said to be burial grounds. 

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The Street of Facades - from "Erica expores Petra" by davida3 is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

6. The Theatre

On your left-hand side, you won’t be able to miss the gargantuan theatre carved into the side of the cliff. Unlike other ancient theatres in Jordan like the ones at Jerash or in Amman, you cannot go inside and climb over it.

At its peak, 4000 spectators could have been seated in this auditorium. Imagine the acoustics in this place.

Just to the right of the Theatre is the pathway you’ll need to take to get to The High Place of Sacrifice. 

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The Royal Tombs

7. Urn Tomb

Standing in the colonnaded courtyard outside this temple and then look up. About half way up, you’ll see three hollows which go into burial chambers. You can’t go inside the chambers, but you can go inside the main building. This Tomb gets its name from the ‘Urn’ at the top, it can be tricky to make out the shape close up, but from a distance you can clearly see it.

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8. Silk Tomb

Along from the Urn Tomb is the Silk Tomb. Out of the four Royal Tombs, the colours in the sandstone, in swirls of reds, oranges, purples and yellows are the most impressive. And this is where the Tomb gets its name.

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Silk Tomb at Petra from Jasab—4970-by-jasab-is-licensed-under-CC-BY-NC-SA-2-Silk-Tomb

9. Corinthian Tomb

Next in line is the Corinthian Tomb. Once upon a time, the Corinthian Tomb would have made a stunning little sister to The Treasury, but alas, it’s now a shadow of its former glory due to erosion over the centuries.

Inside you’ll find four rooms which were used for various ceremonies after worshippers had been cleansed in one of the four basins outside of the temple. 

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Crinthian Tomb (mid-left) and the Silk Tomb (mid-right)

10. Palace Tomb

The last of the four Royal Tombs is the Palace Tomb. Because of the multitude of columns and massive five-storey facade, it’s easy to see why it’s been called this. 

The biggest of the Royal Tombs it just shy of 50metres in width and height. With four gates each leading to a burial room, separated between 12 decorated columns on the bottom layer, and another 18 pillars on top, its own mini-dam and water reservoir – impressive stuff.

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11.The Sextius Florentinus Tomb

Named after Sextius Florentinus (what a name!) who in 129 AD was the governor of the Arab state, this tomb sits further north and away from the string of four Royal Tombs. Similar in fate to the Corinthian Tomb, it’s quite badly eroded but you can make out columns with triangular decoration on top as well as inscriptions in the Latin language.

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Sextus Florentinus Temple From BinoCanada on Creative Commons

12. The Nymphaeum

At the start of the colonnaded Street, you’ll find the Nymphaeum. If you’re not familiar with Nymphaeums around Jordan, such as the one at Jerash Ruins then a little explanation of what it is. Essentially, a Nymphaeum is basically a heavily decorated public water fountain.  The one at Jeash is in better condition than the one here in Petra, BUT you can still make out some of the details.

What makes this one just as worthy is the ancient 450-year-old juniper tree situated next to it!

13. The Colonnaded Street

No ancient city would be complete without a cobbled and Colonnaded Street and Petra is no exception. It was originally built by the Nabateans and would have been the equivalent of today’s Oxford Street in London. Basically for shopping, trading and socialising – not much has changed really since then. In 106 BC the Romans rebuilt it to the 6metre width you see today.

Look out for the set of stairs leading to the courtyard to the left-hand side, this was the market area and THE central hub and back then referred to as the heart of the city.

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Colonnaded Street at Petra Image by Jordan Petra Private Tours from Pixabay

14. The Great Temple

A sprawling ruin of fallen columns, floral carvings, stairs and crumbling walls, The Great Temple can be fully explored with no shortage of stuff to look at. It’s the largest ruin in Petra Archaeological Park. There are pretty decent write-ups of what everything here actually is, but check out the cute hexagonal paving stones in the courtyard, the mini amphitheatre and the intricate carvings dotted all over the ruin.

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15. The Winged Lion Temple

Until the 1970s, the Winged Lion Temple was hidden under hundreds of years of desert debris. You’ve got to use quite a lot of imagination to see anything that resembles a Winged Lion which sit on the corners of the columns and gives the temple its name.

Surrounding the ruins is what looks like a Temple graveyard – lots of pieces, some with intricate carvings on, collectively like some sort of impossible giant jigsaw puzzle. 

Archaeological notes on the boards nearby describe this Temple as being quite a marvel before its destruction by an earthquake in 363 AD. 

16. The Byzantine Church

Comparatively small from the outside, but what this Church is lacks in size, it makes up for in awesomeness! 

Send your focus to the floor and check out the beautifully preserved mosaics that run along the sides of the room. There is so much detail in them; geometric shapes, food, animals, aquatic life, the four seasons and gods.

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17. The Blue Chapel

Just slightly further up the hill from the Byzantine Church is the Blue Chapel. It’s a small ruin, but just look at the pretty blue columns!

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18. The Temple of Qasr al-Bint

A short walk on from The Great Temple and you’ll see the temple of Qasr al-Bint. A giant archway looms above, 23m above. I hope it doesn’t collapse. Think of this temple as a court surrounded by walls with seating inside and side chambers. 

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19. The Lion Triclinium

A slight tangent en route up to the Monastery, with a bit of a shuffle and squeeze to get there, the Lion Triclinium is set in a gully. It’s a small tomb with a single doorway fronted with two very weathered looking lion carvings.

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20. The Monastery (Ad Deir)

The Monastery is out on a bit of a limb, and similar to the High Place of Sacrifice, does require lung and leg power to get there. 730 ancient steps, meandering through the valley will lead you out to a plateau where the Monastery sits. 

Out of the three stunning buildings in Petra (I’m referring to The Treasury and The Corinthian Temple), the Monastery is the biggest. Intricately carved columns in the rock, sitting in an open expanse against a contrasting bright blue sky, it’s picture perfect.

You can’t go inside, but you can stick your head in. You’ll see a couple of benches and an Altar, if you squint enough you might be able to see the crosses carved in the back wall. Hence the name ‘Monastery’.

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21. The High Place of Sacrifice

Depending on how good your knees and lungs are, persevering up this steep climb will give you probably the best view in the park. They don’t call it ‘High Place’ for no reason!

To get here, head up the route behind the Theatre. The path you follow forms part of the original Nabataen route, check out how worn the sandstone steps are in places.

At the top, you’ll find a flat expanse where on top of a rock, two Obelisks stand. The obelisks like a lot of Petra, are carved directly from the surface of the rock. 

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On a plateau, you will find a rectangular ‘benched’ area and an altar. Look out for the little drain where blood would once have flowed.

Spend some time up here just to chill and admire the view. Because the High Place of Sacrifice is a little bit off the beaten track with a steep climb up a lot of tourists who only visit Petra for one day don’t do this hike. Even at peak time, it’s quieter than most other places within the archaeological park, plus the 360 Panoramic views of Wadi Farasa valley are outstanding. If you love deserts and want to explore more, then take a trip to the Wadi Rum Desert after your time in Petra.

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22. The Lion Fountain

Head away from the High Place of Sacrifice and start to climb down the winding route on the other side of the cliff, heading away from the main archelogical park.  While heading down the ancient carved stairways don’t miss the Lion Fountain carved into the rock. The shape of the lion is still really evident. 

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23. The Garden Triclinium

Keep winding your way down into the Wadi Farasa valley and you’ll be greeted by a collection of slightly off-the-beaten-track temples in this area. The first is the Garden Triclinium. It’s thought this temple wasn’t used for burials, but for water-related activities. Check out the reservoir in front of the temple! However, I wouldn’t advise drinking or swimming in it, better still just don’t touch it at all. 

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24. Tomb of The Roman Soldier

Just along from the Garden Triclinium, you’ll find the Tomb of the Roman Soldier.  This ruin takes its name from the three statues in the niches which are of military soldiers.  The area is sattered with temple and tomb parts, it’s thought that originally this tomb was part of a much larger and long ceased to exit temple complex.

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25. Petra by Night

On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights you can come back after hours to visit Petra and see The Treasury by candlelight. You don’t get to explore the rest of the site. Following the trail of 1500 candle lit lanterns from the entrance, along The Siq will lead you to the open area in front of The Treasury where mats are laid down to listen to the musicians and singers.

At the end of the show, they illuminate The Treasury with coloured lights. Yes, it’s a bit cheesy, and if Disneyland did Jordan, this is pretty much what it would look like. To visit Petra by night, you need to buy a separate ticket priced at 17JD. More information can be found on the official Petra website.

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26. The Treasury Lookouts - For FREE!

One of the best souvenir pics you can take when you visit Petra, is an overhead shot, looking down on The Treasury. As you come out of the Siq and stand in the clearing in front of The Treasury, no doubt within a matter of minutes seconds you’ll get approached by someone offering you a photo on a camel, a ride on a camel or a view from on top. The touts are relentless. Basically, from this clearing, there are two routes to either side of the cliff where you can go up – for a fee. I never did find out exactly how much it was, they kept quoting different amounts, but anywhere between 10-20JD ($14-28 / £11/22)

You can do it for FREE though, take the steps from around the back of The Sextiux Florentinus, officially it’s called Al-Khubtha Trail. It’s steep, but it’s also easy to follow the path up to the top which then eventually levels out into a grassy area, the well-trodden path is signposted to a little cafe in a tent at the top looking down over the Treasury. Sit and have a cup of mint tea while admiring the view.

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A lot more to Petra

If it wasn’t for my time restriction, I could have easily spent an extra day at Petra and explored even more of the off-the-beaten trails and revisited some of the ruins at different times of the day to see it in different levels of sunlight. 

Petra is up there with some of the best temple complexes I’ve visited and if someone said to me ‘pack your case, we’re going to visit Petra today’ it’s a no brainer that I would drop what I was doing in an instant.

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Things to Take With You, When you Visit Petra

When you visit Petra, there are a few essentials that I highly recommend packing.

  • Sun cream, even with the wind chill it’s quite exposed, in particular at the top of High Place of Sacrifice and the trails surrounding that area.
  • Something warm, particularly if you arrive in the morning before the sun rises. The walk down the Siq is breezy and with the sun too low in the sky, it’s a chilly walk.
  • Wear layers, with a mix of breezy exposed areas, the scorching sun and getting hot from hiking take comfortable clothes that can be layered up.
  • Decent walking shoes – a no brainer, it’s a ruin site. Unless you have specific hiking style sandals, leave the strappy wedges,
  • Water, and lots of it. Take as much as you can realistically carry, there are shops and vendors at regular intervals but sometimes these are sporadic, especially off the beaten path.
  • A map, whether it’s the paper version, a GPS system, the App. It doesn’t matter, but the archaeological site is big and if you do go off the beaten track it’s quite easy to get lost.
  • Finally, don’t forget snacks, to keep your energy levels up, and the hangry at bay. There are food places in the park, but it’s busy at peak times.

Where to stay near Petra?

The nearest town is Wadi Musa, it’s a bit grotty but does have a buzz about it with plenty of places to eat. It’s also a lot cheaper than the resorts directly outside Petra.

There are a number of high-end hotels just outside the main archelogical site of Petra, but for the convenience, they come with a price.

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How to get to Petra

Depending from where you are travelling from you can get to Petra easily from Amman and Aqaba. Petra is THE most visited tourist attraction in Jordan, so there are options for travel from pretty much everywhere in the country.

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Becki from Meet Me In Departures

Adventure travel blogger with a big addiction to the World. An ex-rat-racer who was fed up with sleep-work-eat-repeat materialistic mentality that plagues modern living. I love anything to do with off-beat travel, abandoned places, temples & ruins, street art, wildlife in its natural habitat, adventure sport.....basically anything but the 9-5!

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  1. Petra, Jordan has been in my travel bucket list for ages! I have been keen in traveling to this place since 2013! I also want to see The Monastery (Ad Deir) because I heard so many great stories about it. I find it interesting too.

    1. There must be so many stories surrounding The Monastery, hundreds of years worth of stories. Can you imagine?!

  2. Petra has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember, how awesome that you got to see it in person! I love your photos too, so crisp and clear! I’m pinning this to save for later, so much great information!

    1. Yes, I agree. Until I visited Petra, it had been on my bucket list for years. It was worth the wait.

  3. What a fantastic and detailed guide about Petra, you had me at the title! I’m in awe of the tombs and the structures still in place here; the Urn Tomb really is amazing. I also appreciate your tip about not forgetting your passport, and about buying the Jordan Pass before visiting the country. I’d also like to visit very early, to beat the crowds and the heat too!

    1. Isn’t it just amamzing how the structures are still in place after all these centuries. I don’t think many modern buildings would stand that test of time.

  4. Petra is a destination that I definitely want to visit- and hopefully soon! I loved borwsing through your photos and reading about your time there. The Urn and Corinthian Tombs especially caught my eye. Those red rocks are really beautiful! I would love to see Petra at night. Your description sounds beautiful!

    1. The red rocks are beautiful, when you visit check out how the colour of the red intensifies with the sunrise and sunset, you won’t be disappointed.

  5. I loved Petra when I visited, how can you not love it? I was on a group tour so I missed some of the tombs you have pointed out, it’s a really thorough post, I’d love to go back do this on my own. I got the Jordan Pass too!

    1. I know right, I think everyone who’s been has fallen in love with Petra. You’ve got another reason to go back 😉

  6. I must admit that visiting Petra in one of my bucket list destinations and your post has only made me want to pack and go. Quite rightly as you have mentioned in your post there is so much more here then just the treasury. I would love to spend the full 3 days discovering the place at my own pace. I always believe in buying passes from an official source and not taking chances with promotions and offers. This is a photographers paradise and some of your visuals to confirm this. I would love to visit on the evening with the views of the light up heritage sight looking mesmerising . thanks for a detailed post. amar singh

  7. I must admit that visiting Petra in one of my bucket list destinations and your post has only made me want to pack and go. Quite rightly as you have mentioned in your post there is so much more here then just the treasury. I would love to spend the full 3 days discovering the place at my own pace. I always believe in buying passes from an official source and not taking chances with promotions and offers. This is a photographers paradise and some of your visuals to confirm this. I would love to visit on the evening with the views of the light up heritage sight looking mesmerising . thanks for a detailed post.

  8. Great post. I loved the way you guided the reader through the site making them feel like they were there with you.

  9. Whenever I see these historic sites I feel like these buildings have so many stories to tell. They have been there for centuries, withstanding storms, rains and even earthquakes. Your pictures just rekindled the same thoughts in my mind.

  10. Okay, you’ve convinced me! As if the photos weren’t enough – these are 26 amazing reasons to visit Petra. I appreciate the details about the tickets too – it helps people to know what to expect and costs. It’s interesting how they have the multiple day passes – it reminds me a little of Angor Wat in that sense which most people usually do in one, two, or three days depending on much they love temples. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Gorgeous photos as always Becki! Petra is a gorgeous place to visit, with many of my close friends also visiting in the last 2 years. I still need to make time and visit myself, but this post is very convincing to book a trip asap!!

  12. Aaaawh I really want to visit Petra! Want to book that flight right away ;). Love your beautiful pictures!

  13. Petra has been on my wishlist for a long time! There is even more ruins at Petra than I realized, it looks like fantastic place to explore. It’s really neat that they light the treasury up by candlelight at nighttime, that looks like a really special experience. Did you do all of this in two days?

    1. Yes. One day one I was at the gate for 6am. I did the Treasury first followed by the Monastery. Then went back to do the other main parts before hiking up to the look out point. I left at about 5pm having walked about 35km. I went back on that same evening to see the lights. The the following day I had a later start, and did the more off the beaten track as I knew it wouldn’t be busy there, so I did the High Place of Sacrifice and the trails that lead out from there. It’s a rush to see everything on just 1 day, so I was glad I bought a 2 day pass.

  14. Definitely somewhere we want to visit, but wow had no idea a pass was that expensive! We would definitely go with the 2 or 3 day pass, if you’re already paying that much and if time isn’t of the essence, why feel rushed for an extra few quid? Thanks for putting together such a comprehensive guide.

    1. I know. The price is eye-watering compared to other attractions in the country. Like you said, it’s deff worth paying they little bit extra to have extra days. But yes, it’s certainly not a budget place to visit.

  15. Love the sound of the Treasury by candlelight, what a unique activity. A trip to Jordan is so high on my list. It sounds quite pricey so I guess it’s going to take some planning. xx

  16. Petra has been on my travel list for ages. every time I plan something or the other happens. I mean those red rocks look so outworldly. I have read so much about Petra and I am really keen on visiting the Treasury & I’ll make sure to take a 2-3 days pass.

    1. With the multi day pass you’ll have so many more opportunities to see it in different shades of red as the sunlight changes. Sometimes they are more yellow, other times of the day more orange and then the gorgeous red colours as the sun is rising or going down. Enjoy 🙂

  17. I always wanted to visit Petra but I had no idea it was this amazing! So neat to see the Lion Fountain. Can’t wait to get there since I’ve wanted to go since I saw it in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

  18. I have a special affinity for ruins and for that very reason, Petra is high up on my bucket list. My words can’t explain how mesmerized I am after reading your post. There are so many fascinating ruins to see in Petra – each telling an intriguing story of a bygone era. The Obelisk tomb, the dam that was built to protect the city from floods, the auditorium with seats for 4000 spectators, the royal tombs, the ruins of the great temple – everything has an interesting tale to tell. The 40-metres high treasury is simply jaw-dropping. I wish they allow you to go inside to explore those secret chambers. A 450-year-old juniper tree? Wow! It’s so great to know so many facts about Petra. All your photographs are stunning and they perfectly justify the beauty of those ruins.

  19. Stunning photos and now this is a must on my bucket list. Thanks for such a detailed post and bringing this alive for us. Well written.

  20. Wow thats a really in-depth guide of Petra! I had no idea this place is so massive! And also havent heard of night Petra – something that I will definitely do, when I visit Petra – hopwfully soon!

  21. While I’m not a morning person, visiting places such as these before the crowds hit are a must. I love so many of these views – hard to pick a favorite. But, I think for me the above view of The Treasury is a must.

    1. It’s the classic view that everyone should see 🙂 it’s worth the climb up whichever viewpoint you go to 😀

  22. The eldest of us 3 sisters has visited this amazing place. Back in 1997 I think they her hubby and her did a cruise down the Nile. She said you could see the army standing guard on horses and camels along the river to protect them. She does want to go back there one day.

  23. Absolutely stunning photos Becki. Petra has been on our bucket list for a long time now and your post has made be put it back up to the to of the list. So many things to do there!

  24. Petra was on my bucket list for ages! We were planning to head there a couple of years ago but the trip got aborted due to that boring thing called life. Thanks for reminding me to put it back on the list.

  25. Jordan is on my bucket list! I told my husband last night we were going next year. It probably won’t be that soon but when the time comes I’ll have your incredibly helpful guide for visiting Petra. Thanks!

  26. Thanks for the informative article, it’ll help me plan my trip to Petra. I’ll definitely do the 6 am entry and the night visit.

  27. Wow, what an amazing UNESCO site to visit! Thanks for the travel inspiration 🙂

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