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Jordan. Petra, the impressive city of the Nabateans

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A town that defies nature by building on impossible gorge monasteries, tombs or temples of which you can not get the idea until you put your feet in the great city of the Nabateans. Petra, the pink city, with a landscape that drives crazy the way of thinking of any traveler does not leave anyone indifferent. If you immerse yourself in it, leaving behind the chip that we bring as a series of the great city, and you dare to think what it was then, it is when you really realize that in the world in which we live there was civilizations so fascinating that make today an insignificant world next to what was the man of those times, this is Petra, and we summarize it from the traveler's experience of Travel for free.


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A little history about Petra

The Nabateans were ancient Arab tribes from their neighbor in present-day Saudi Arabia. This talented town was established in the region more than 2,000 years ago creating a strategic enclave for trade routes to Asia. Over time they became excellent merchants and Petra became one of the most important cities of the time. It was a global people with influences from many cultures with people from all over the world who enriched a place creating a wonderful cultural mix.


Columnated Street

In those days Petra was an almost impregnable city, both for its location, in a network of canyons, gorges and gorges, as well as for its army. Only the almighty Roman empire He did not succumb to the battles and cunning of this wise people. Even so, Petra continued to enjoy some independence until trade routes disappeared due to the lack of interest incense and the increase in trade routes by sea. Finally, Petra, over the centuries, was losing greatness also helped by drought and by not being able to rival places where water was not a problem.


Monastery, Ad-Deir

Visiting the City of the Nabateans

For almost everyone, Petra is the Treasure, Al-Khazneh, with the entrance from the sacred route, the famous canyon, but Petra hides much more, a succession of monuments carved into the rock and an incredible monastery, Ad-deir, high on a mountain of even greater beauty, to the famous treasure of Petra.


Petra day and night

The Treasury, Al-Khazneh, is possibly the best known place Due to its incredible location and because it has come to this day in excellent condition if we compare it with most of the ruins of Petra. It is not uncommon to hear screams in the Sacred Way when tourists suddenly encounter Al-Khazneh, it is almost a shock, and if you are lucky enough to be alone, change paper by the one of Indiana Jones because you will find yourself before a movie set.


The Treasure, Al-Khazneh, by candlelight
The Treasury, Al-Khazneh

To access the treasure you have to travel the 2km that separate it from the visitor center, where just over 1km is through the narrow sacral way or As-Siq, the entrance or canyon, which measures 3m the narrowest part and 14m the widest, and that prepares you, like the one that most, to put your hair on end when you arrive at the Treasury.

If you leave Al-Khazneh behind, taking the avenue that goes to the right, you begin to realize that this is only the beginning of your adventure. Gradually you are getting to the idea of ​​what this city became, nothing comparable to what is left today, but today your eyes and the eyes of the people who wander through its canyons they are lost, it is because it still hides a city that is a real challenge for your senses.


Happier than a Partridge
Columnated Street

What to visit in Petra in two days?

In Petra there is room for everyone, both for the walkers and for those who do not, but if you really want to know Petra you will need two days to cover the following hiking trails (simple), about 15km each.

Day 1 in Petra

  1. Visitors Center
  2. Via Sacra
  3. The Treasury or Al-Khaznez
  4. Avenue of the columns
  5. Monastery or Ad-Deir
  6. Royal Tombs
  7. The Treasury or Al-Khaznez

Day 2 in Petra

  1. Visitors Center
  2. Via Sacra
  3. The Treasury or Al-Khaznez
  4. Altar of sacrifice
  5. Tomb of the Roman soldier
  6. Royal Tombs
  7. The Treasury or Al-Khaznez

Petra Map

The best places Petra

There are many places to visit in Petra but like everything in life if you lack time you always have to make a choice. We are left with the following locations to take a small piece of Petra and have one of Jordan's best memories. With almost the two routes described above, almost all of Petra is covered.

Al-Khazneh

The Treasury, the representation and the stamp of the current Petra, dream of many archaeologists and image of adventure films like Indiana Jones and the last crusade.


The Treasury, Al-Khazneh
Who says that it is not romantic that I shut up forever!

Ad-deir

The monastery, next to spectacular views of the desert, is the second most famous monument in Petra. To access it you have to reach the restaurant area and ascend the 800 long steps until you reach this little wonder. It is really worth taking a little air and ascending to see it.


Ascent to the Monastery, Ad-Deir
Monastery, Ad-Deir

Nabatean Theater

Carved in the rock, camouflaged as a chameleon, it was built in the 1st century AD with Roman influence but at the hands and Nabatean origin. It is a piece of talent sculpted in the desert.


Nabatean Theater of the 1st century AD

Altar of Sacrifice

With one of the best views in all of Petra, it was a place where the Nabateans sacrificed animals and possibly people. From here you can access the route of the tomb the roman soldier, a little traveled and worthwhile route on a second day of visit to Petra.


High place for sacrifice

Avenue of the columns

One of the main avenues, linking the route to the restaurant area and the Monastery, with the largest royal tombs.


Columnated Street

Royal tombs

Visible from almost any point in Petra, they are the “pictorial” point of the route as if a painting were. Seeing them bring memories of places like Fethiye or the beautiful Cappadocia in Turkey.


Royal tombs

Few words do true justice to the magnificence of the pink city, perhaps the appointment as one of the 7 wonders of the world known It is one of the great successes of this recognized “prize” for tourism, because there is no one who enters Petra and on leaving does not want to know how, why and where on this place. The city of the Nabateans is truly fascinating.

And by the way, be sure to see the rest of the photos, since Petra has much more.

Practical data

When to go?

Jordan and Petra are visited all year round but it is better to avoid the hottest months. Jordan is characterized by a semi-arid or desert Mediterranean climate, although in the area of ​​Petra it is specifically more desert.

The low rainfall, we are talking about 4th driest country in the world, make that the spring and the fall Be the most pleasant months to visit Petra. During these months they can reach 30º during the day, although the average is around 22º, and during the night temperatures range between approximately 7º and 12º.

Apart from the temperature are the Vacation periods and specifically the Easter and the Christmas, the months with the greatest tourist influx. If possible avoid them, Petra becomes a Zoo.

How to get?

From most of the capitals of Europe there are direct flights with Royal Jordanian, although it is often interesting fly in alternative companies to the Cairo or Istanbul, since making a stopover is sometimes much cheaper. Refrain during Holy Week, prices are multiplied by two and three, it is almost better to go on an organized trip.

Once in Amman, with JETT, company of buses With air conditioning, they have three buses a week, Sunday, Tuesday and Friday, with departures from the station Abddali toward Wadi Mousa, the city that emerged next to Petra.

In car it takes about 3h for the only dual carriageway from Jordan from Amman, a highway in good condition but not comparable to European ones.

What to wear

We are facing a desert landscape where temperatures can reach more than 40º in summer and where the sun is always lurking. Be it winter or summer you have to wear Water (although they sell it in many positions), a hat or a Hyjab (Arabic handkerchief), light clothes, sunglasses and a backpack with food. There's a restaurant inside but if you can eat on top of a peak seeing Petra better than better.

Where to sleep?

At the gates of Petra next to the visitor center there are many hotels and restaurants from € 15 onwards. There is great variety so it is best to give a whisk and be able to choose the most appropriate to the budget. Here is some recommendation near the entrance of Petra:

  • Mussa Spring Hotel.
  • Al-Rashid Hotel.

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