How to make the most of your short visit to Petra Jordan?
The ancient city of Petra in Jordan has been listed as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World (along with other awesome sights like Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal, Colosseum and more). It’s almost unbelievable but this Lost City exists for more than 2,500 years! For most tourist, the time in Jordan is quite limited. They are taking 1, 2 or 3 days tour from Israel to see the famous UNESCO site. In this post we are giving you best tips on how to make the most of your short visit to Petra Jordan.
About Petra Jordan
Petra is an archaeological and historical city that was built by Nabataeans in 5th century BC. It was one of the most important places in the world during that time. The strategic location of the city made it a must-stop for all the caravans going from the South to the North and vice versa. After the tumultuous events caused by the invaders and the nature itself, Petra was abandoned by the last citizens in 7th century AD.
It became famous again in the 19th when it was rediscovered by as Swiss traveler Johann Ludwig Burckhardt.
General informations about Petra Jordan
Petra is huge!
You can easily spend the entire day exploring the ancient city. The shortest route is 4,5 kilometres (~2,8 miles) long. 3 hours is a minimum time that you will spend in Petra. If you want to see everything, you need to get there in the early morning and leave in the evening.
Everyone can visit Petra
Even though Petra is huge, there are many options to choose for those who can’t walk for a long time.
They can take:
- Camels– they are only available from the Treasury till the end of the basic route. You will pay about $10-$20 for a ride.
- Horses– they are included in the ticket price but you are expected to tip the horse’s owner anyway ($5). Horses will take you down from the ticket office to the entrance of Petra (siq).
- Horse drawn carriage– it’s probably the most convenient option. The carriage can take you almost everywhere in Petra. It has the capacity of 1-3 adults. The price is negotiable but it shouldn’t be more than $30.
- Donkeys– they can take you to the monastery. The way up is long (900 steps) so it’s a great option, especially when your time is limited.
There are plenty of shops and restaurants in Petra
Even though Petra is a Unesco World Heritage Site, you can find many restaurants and shops there. Some of them even have WiFi! There are also many toilets along the main trail. Local currency is Jordanian Dinar but it is very likely that you can pay by US Dollars, Euro and Israeli Shekels as well.
Jordanian Dinar is really expensive! The exchange rate to American Dollar is fixed at at 1$= 0.70 dinar.
Going to Petra from Israel
We’ve been staying in a Bedouin camp. Being in the middle of a desert at night was an amazing experience. Sleeping on the bed in a tent, listening to the local music and eating delicious food prepared by Bedouins are something we will never forget.
These three days were packed with sightseeing, we started with Amman (the capital of Jordan) and Jerash (ancient city). The second day was completely dedicated to Petra. We had some time with the guide and a free time for ourselves. On the last day, we were visiting the beautiful Wadi Rum.
Taking a tour from Israel to Jordan is a great way to see the highlights of this country. Of course, you are not able to visit all the important places but Petra, Wadi Rum and Amman are enough for the beginning.
Tips for visiting Petra
If you want to make the most of your short visit to Petra Jordan, you should be prepared for a long walking. Wear comfortable shoes, drink enough water and try to read about this place before you get there.
Don’t be afraid to take a camel, horse or donkey ride. Desert is a home for these animals and most of them are treated well by their owners.*
*You should always check what are the conditions of living of each animal. Don’t support their exploitation.
Disclosure: We want to thank Abraham Tours for complimentary tour. All opinions presented in this post are honest and our own.