Named one of the new wonders of world by a group connected with the UN, Petra was the impetus for my long and arduous trip to southwestern Jordan. We arrived at Petra from Aqaba around 7 AM with the intention to stay the entire day and explore all the paths and trails.
The entrance to Petra, called the Siq, is a winding, narrow canyon. At the end of the Siq, the canyon opens up to one of Petra’s most amazing sites, the Khazneh, or the Treasury. This amazing structure, built by the Nabateans in the first century BC, has been popularized by Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and is truly a breathtaking structure.
From here, the main trails continues along a myriad of incredibly impressive structures, including the amphitheater (which I climbed around the fence to get a better a picture) and the Great Temple (from which I jumped over rocks to reach higher, extremely less accessible areas)..
From there, we continued 45 minutes almost exclusively up stairs to reach the magnificent Monastery. Along the way, young Bedouin (the Bedouin are the only people allowed to live within the park itself) boys incessantly try to sell their musty postcards for a single dinar ($1.30). At the Monastery, the nearby rocky outlooks proved to be excellent spots to rest and gaze at the Arava Valley (in Israel) to the west.
I realize that people are going to see these pictures and think “Wow, why did you so many pictures of rocks? They all look alike.” Oh well.
Anyway, only a few of the over 200 pictures I took at Petra…
The first steps into the rose-red city
People wanting to sell donkey and camel rides to various locations in Petra
Early rock temple
Entrance to the Siq, the canyon entrance into the rose-red ctiy of Petra
Neat rock formations above the Siq
Me in the Siq, anxious to arrive in the main part of Petra
Looking up from the Siq. The canyon was dark and very cool as the morning light had not yet reached its rosy clefts
Another shot of the Siq
The first glance of the Treasury from the end of the Siq
Looking up at the Treasury columns, built well over 2000 years ago
Small Bedouin restaraunts like this were at several points throughout Petra
The Amphitheather. Yes, I went around the fence.
The trail leading to the High Place of Sacrifice. Look at the size of the people for scale.
Bedouin boy playing with a little dog
Really cool rock formations on the roof
These were the homes of the ancient Nabateans
The site of the Great Temple, currently be excavated by Brown University
A sign for the Great Temple
The end of the Colonnade Street, the main thoroughfare of the ancient city
Climbing to the Monastery
45 minutes later of stair climbing...the Monastery
Me and the Monastery
A neat picture of the Jordanian flag and distant Monastery. Climbing to an outcrop overlooking the Arava Valley in Israel
From this outcrop, looking back at Jordan
A British man took a picture of the group. In the distance is Israel.
The High Place of Sacrifice, the highest point in Petra
On the way out of Petra, a Bedouin man plays an unusual instrument
An awesome meal in the outlying town of Wadi Mousa. Chicken, lamb shishkabobs, pita, hummous, and a variety of vegetables.