We spent the day here and it was exhausting, interesting and definitely an experience. We had the steps tracker on and managed 18.8 kilometres so make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes, have a hat, plenty of water and determination.
We walked all the way to the monastery which is up 1000 steps (or 800 depending on who you ask). But you have to do it while you are there.
There are some transport options inside to help those maybe not as able to get around. Horse and cart, camel and donkey are three options with limitations on where each of them can go, but you can do most of the site without walking much if you really wanted to. Not sure how sore your butt would be by the end of though. And of course it isn't free! Don't get ripped off!
But we walked all the way and by the end were over stairs! We went up to the royal tombs on the way back which I am not sure if it was the right thing to do. After walking up to the monastery there was almost no energy left and we really had to dig deep to make it up there. Maybe I would have done this first instead? I did find it more interesting than the monastery as you could go inside these.
You can't go in the treasury or the monastery but just about everything else you can walk inside of and explore. Given my limited knowledge of Petra (Indiana Jones) I was surprised by how much there was to see, and how spread out it was.
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