At the beginning of the year I was told that if I was going to Israel for a long period of time, I should go to Petra. Me ignorant as I was, I thought what the heck is Petra?
The answer was: One of the seven (modern) world’s wonder.
So here I was in Jordan finally about to meet a world’s wonder for the first time.
A city built by a smart community
This city, qualified today as an archeological site, was built by the Nabateans, an industrious Arab people who settled there more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome. (More facts)
I was really impressed by the water system this community put in place in order to live. You will have the possibility to learn more about this community and her city also through a little museum situated at the entrance of the visiting site.
Getting Wow-ed by Petra
Arriving there, once you’ll grab the map, you will see that you will have several propositions of circuits to discover the entire archeological site. Being here for 2 days, the main circuit was the first choice. This one will lead through the Siq, a mile-long path framed by a stone wall of 80 meters high to meet at his end your first (of many) “Wow”: Al Khaznah treasury.
When I saw this beautiful structure I thought, “No wonder why it’s a World’s Wonder”. After taking a thousand pictures/ selfies, staring for several minutes at the treasure, and also getting asked to take pictures you will continue this main circuit meeting new Wow’s and end up at the monastery. Grab a snack, take a break to sit there for one hour if you want because you’ll deserve it, believe me. Oh and also because you’ll have to do the way back.
Before leaving the monastery, I advise you to keep going a few meters further to witness “ Petra’s best view” full of beautiful high mountain peaks seen from the top. Be careful on your way, you might encounter some fierce goats who could scream, sorry, bleat at you, like it happened to me.
I had the opportunity to discover the site at night with the attraction “Petra by night”. This attraction is not included in the Jordan Pass, only happens 2 or 3 times a week on a specific day. Honestly, It was nice to do it, but I won’t say it’s a must, you are not missing out on anything special if you don’t do it.
What might happen there
Now, Ladies, let me tell you something: if you happen to get hit on A LOT of times by the local bedouins or at least men who look like it, do not worry. They will tell you anything to get you on their horses, camels, donkeys… All kinds of animals that you’ll meet in the city.
Also, I suggest that you, revise your skills as negotiators before getting toasted in Petra. I heard some sellers handling their business like bosses, so be smart.
This visit was an amazing experience, tiring due to a lot of walking to see the more possible in 2 days. It was really different than Wadi Rum and weird at the first place because I was literally switching from a desertic place with 2 people at 100 km around to a very touristic place who was crowded especially in the afternoon.
Besides that, I mean come on Y’all, I saw one of the world’s wonder, what could I say more except than Wow? And what about you have you already seen one of the world’s wonder?