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“Incredible to see but please don’t use the animals for your own benefit ”

Petra World Heritage Site
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Full-Day Tour of Petra from Eilat
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Owner description: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Petra (ancient capital city of the Nabataean people) recently proclaimed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walking through the sique to the iconic treasury in Petra is outstanding and astounding. It is truly a wonder to experience and is highly recommended. We spent around six hours scaling the site and meeting locals.

The only downside for me was witnessing the poor treatment of the animals who were there to transport tourists. The horses had no access to water and were frothing at the mouth and sweating - they were also tripping and skidding trying to cart people in carriages up the hills. We witnessed them being whipped constantly and although the signs at the entrance to the site clearly state they are for the benefit of people unable to walk the distance, the carriages were loaded wiht anyone willing to pay money.

The donkeys were also treated badly and I had to yell at a boy whipping a donkey in the face. He hid himself behind his scarf so I couldn’t photograph him.

Visit this amazing site but please do not support this disgusting treatment of animals.

2  Thank Robyn578
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Remove the package tourists and Petra is great. The 30 package tourists walking down through the Siq and hogging up space really is a downer and the fact that they get blatantly ripped off and jack up the prices is a killer. The Treasury is awesome but the best part is walking up to the Monastery. If you don’t do the hike, then Petra is a waste. Don’t waste your money on a donkey up or down. Instead, pay for one to take you back to Treasury after finishing at Monastery. Costs 15-20 JD one way. Watch out for donkey poop though. Average time to see it is 5 hours.

Thank Chin667
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ancient city of Petra, now listed as new 7 wonders of the world, was carved from the sandstone cliffs located in south of Jordan. Nabataeans inhabited the city of Petra & built temples, tombs, houses, altars and aquaducts.

Petra was not well known to the world, but thanks to the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” that it shot to limelight.

Petra, originally called by Nabataeans as Raqmu, is a historical and archaeological city famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system.

You cross through Wadi Musa, having elevation from 1000-1500 mtr to reach historic site of Petra. Now a days, a wind mill park is being developed on the slopes exploiting the potential to generate clean energy keeping in tandem with the western world.

Petra has a number of “Djinn Blocks” carved by Nabateans to worship Dusherra God - the god of mountains. To save the city from invasions, passage to the city is through Siqs - meaning the narrow way. The passage leads all the wat to Treasury also known as Al-Khazneh. It is one of the most elaborate temples in the ancient Arab Nabatean Kingdom city of Petra. The structure was carved out of a sandstone rock face, chiselling down all the way from top to bottom. Petra is also known as Rose City.

Thank shailesh D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to Petra at 6 am and walked through the Sikh to the treasury all alone. It was amazing. Many people don't go to the monastery, but I think that is a big mistake. The monastery was the highlight of our trip and just an amazing wonder.

Thank chris v
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank luxurythrill
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