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Reviewed 4 April 2018 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.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Chin667
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 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.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank shailesh D
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

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.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank chris v
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

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.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank luxurythrill
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Should definitely be on everyones' bucket list. But you need to be fit as the site is very large and mountainous. We clocked 12 strenous miles in the hot sun over 2 days.

Date of experience: April 2018
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