The Treasury (al-Khazneh
Petra, the fabled "rose red city, half as old as time", is a well known ancient Nabataean city in the south of Jordan. Due to its breathtaking grandeur and fabulous ruins, Petra was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.
Petra was the impressive capital of the Nabataean kingdom from around the 6th century BC. The kingdom was absorbed into the Roman Empire in AD 106 and the Romans continued to expand the city. An important center for trade and commerce, Petra continued to flourish until a catastrophic earthquake destroyed buildings and crippled vital water management systems around AD 663. After Saladin's conquest of the Middle East in 1189, Petra was abandoned and the memory of it was lost to the West.
The ruins remained hidden to most of the world until the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, disguised as an Arab scholar, infiltrated the Bedouin-occupied city in 1812. Burckhardt's accounts of his travels inspired other Western explorers and historians to discover the ancient city further. The most famous of these was David Roberts, a Scottish artist who created accurate and detailed illustrations of the city in 1839.
The first major excavations of the site were in 1929 after the forming of Trans-Jordan. Since that time, Petra has become by far Jordan's largest tourist attraction. The site was included in the Steven Spielberg movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989 and was chosen in July 2007 as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Entry Ticket to Petra costs 90 JOD (=127 USD) for those who are Day-Visitors to Jordan (i.e. those tourists staying in Israel or Egypt who will spend the day in Petra and return without spending the night in Jordan). Tourists (overnight and cruise visitors) pay 50 JOD (=70 USD) for 1 day's access to Petra, 55 JOD for 2 days or 60 JOD for 3 days. Students have to pay the full price, unless they have a valid Jordanian University ID; then the entry fee is 1 JOD.
petra at night is Available every Wednesday, Thursday and Monday, the cost per ticket is is 17 JOD (Sep '16) however you should own Petra by day ticket to be able to enter Petra by night. Petra by night starts 20:30. They will light candles all along the way to the treasury, and a lot of candles in front of it. The bad part is that you only get to see the treasury.
The 2 or 3 days tickets contains the first or last name of the owner. On the second and the third day of visit a passport is (sometimes) required along with the ticket. When choosing the length of your ticket duration, keep in mind that: 1) if you're physically fit and up for it from dusk till dawn you can do ALL of Petra in one day, but 2) you're probably not so you might want to split it into two days, yet 3) 3 days is definitely too much unless you're a historian.
Jordan pass is available for travelers staying at least three nights In Jordan, it includes visa plus entry for 1 or more days to many popular Jordanian sites including Petra. Jordan Pass cost at writing(JUN '18) was 70, 75 and 80 JOD for 1, 2 or 3 days in Petra respectively including Entry visa.(Petra entrance fee is typically 50-90 JOD and Visa is typically 50-60 JOD) Info is instantly emailed and Jordan Pass can be used immediately. See Jordan Pass website for more information. Incase you avail the Jordan pass but exit Jordan within 3 nights, you might have to pay 60 JOD at the immigration.
The archeological site of Petra is not surrounded by any physical barrier and there is a separate 'guarded' entrance for the locals not far from the center of the archeological site, but you'll need a valid ticket in your possession to access it.
Petra archeological site is reachable by an easy 20 minute walk from the town centre or most hostels/hotels in the town of Petra.
JETT buses, both ordinary and all-inclusive guided tour, connect to Amman and Aqaba via the Desert Highway. Other tourists come with organized groups, including daily trips from Eilat.Tours to Petra from Taba, Sinai and Sharm el Sheikh are also gaining popularity with charter tourism, an example .
It costs 22 JOD per person to travel round-trip by JETT bus from Amman to Petra and back allowing you to see almost the entire site in an (exhausting) day trip. Bus departs from Amman Abdali station at 06:30 and from Petra at 17:00 (16:00 in winter) from the parking lot just outside the Petra visitor centre. The bus from Petra also makes a stop at the 7th Circle JETT Bus Station.
Public minibus from Wadi Musa (Petra) to Ma'an is 0.55 JOD and from there to Aqaba 1.50 JOD (April 2012). The main route from Wadi Musa to Aqaba is overpriced for tourists! The same for the route from Amman to Wadi Musa. With the stop over in Ma'an you should be able to pay the normal price for the public minibus.
Public minibuses also depart with no timetable (when they fill up) until midday, from Aqaba bus station(next to Souq Al Rouwaq) for Wadi Musa (1.85 JOD) and the opposite. From there take a taxi and will cost you no more that 1-2 JOD to the visitor centre. The opposite is possible when you finish your visit. Taxis are available in the entrance of the Site and will take you back to the Wadi Musa bus station. Do not count on afternoon departures so better is to start your tour as early in the morning you can.
The minibus from/to Wadi Rum costs 10 JOD (June 2018). It takes 2 hours to get to Petra. Have the Rum Guesthouse or your tour operator call the bus owner the day before to arrange an exact time for pick up.
The bus leaves Petra at 6:30 am and the same bus does the route back to Petra leaving from Wadi Rum around 9am, but may be delayed due to weather or tour groups coming the other way.
There are also minibuses from Amman departing from the Wihdat bus station (cab drivers might also know it as the South Bus Station) - these leave when full, and tourists are charged 7 JOD to get on. Destinations are marked on the front of the bus. Do not allow the drivers to charge you for your luggage, as they might sometimes try to do. Taxi drivers at the bus station might also try and tell you the minibuses are cancelled so that you hire them to drive you to Petra - just ignore them and find the mini-bus. The ride is about three hours and there's one 20 minute toilet/meal stop in the middle of the way. The minibus arrive at Wadi Musa bus Station which is a 20 minute walk from Petra Visitor center. Local taxi (by raising hand) will cost you some 3JOD. For lower price try calling local taxies returned by search engines / maps. To summarize, the South Bus Station Minibus is an options for those missing the 6:30 JETT bus from Abdali Station, as you shouldn't expect air conditioning and decent shock absorption (the highway is far from smooth).
There is a minibus going from Aqaba. The problem is, there's no timetable - it leaves early in the morning (6:45) from Wadi Musa towards Aqaba, then returns from Aqaba when it fills up etc. The trip is a bit less than 2 JOD (Nov 2013).
The minibus station is full of con artists, this is not the better part of town, they'll try to have a file on you. It's best not to speak to anyone on the bus, at the station, and certainly do not accept rides from any taxis or private vehicles. Talk in the area is that this gang has the whole neighborhood. Tourism is down in Aquaba and other Red Sea resorts due to security advisories, so the hustlers are here.
- If you get there, renting a minibus with a driver in the hotel at the Dead Sea is available, with the one-way price of 140 JOD.
By rental car
Jordanian traffic is chaotic. Do not expect other drivers to follow normal traffic rules. GPS navigation can often be inaccurate and unreliable as some secondary roads are not mapped even when using up-to-date maps (including Google maps for secondary roads near Petra, as of October 2014) Nokia Here is somewhat better.
Petrol stations are not encountered frequently and outside large towns 95RON premium is not available.
Travel by taxi is also a viable option. For 75 JOD or less (dependent on your haggling skills) you may be able to get a private taxi from Amman to Petra and back, including the driver waiting around for 6 hours. 90 JOD from Petra to Amman.
A taxi from Aqaba to Petra should cost about 20-30 JOD one-way. Negotiate the price with driver, including the clarification that you are heading directly to the Petra visitor centre.
Getting to Jordan / Visas
Petra is located in the Kingdom of Jordan, for information on getting in to Jordan itself see Jordan#Get in and for entry requirements see Jordan#Obtaining a visa.
Camels are a common form of transportation in Petra
The only modes of transport allowed within Petra are on two feet or four (camel, donkey, or horse). An electric buggy is also available for transportation, but it is only used to transport disabled people in wheelchairs (free), and cannot be hired.
At the main entrance
You have a choice between walking, riding a horse or a donkey to the Siq entrance, or riding a carriage all the way to the Treasury. Here are a few facts to help you to choose:
- The walk to Siq entrance and to Treasury is easy, as it is slightly downhill (and returning you will have to go uphill);
- Once the sun goes over the mountains, there is no shade on the walk to Siq (but you will not have the shade on a horse/donkey either);
From Treasury to the Monastery path
You have a choice between walking, riding a donkey or a camel. This is an easy walk on a flat terrain. Depending on time of the day, you might have some shade, or no shade at all.
Uphill the Monastery path or High Sacrifice trail
You have a choice between walking or riding a donkey. Both climbs are steep, but not very difficult, and you will see people of every age doing them. Heat and lack of shade is the biggest problem on both paths. On the other hand, both climbs allow lots of good photo opportunities. There are also stops in shade, and various shops selling cold water and soft drinks.
The guides will approach you telling you that the ride up the path is only 20 minutes, comparing to one hour walk. This is a lie, the donkey will follow the guide who will be walking alongside, so it will take the same time.
Entering from the back entrance
Back entrance to Petra archeological park (north of the Monastery hill) could be useful to those willing to walk less distance and altitude. Have taxi (find the taxi yourself, initial offer is 15 JOD). drop you at a point in the desert north east of the Monastery. The first kilomenter after leaving the paved road is accessible by a normal car, not necessarily an SUV. After that there is a 3 min walk to a (makeshift) checkpoint where your tickets will be checked against id and date of issue, however without scanning a QR-code. There will be a driver of SUV (or several) near the checkpoint booth that will offer you a ride to the end of passable road. Initial offer will be around 20 JOD, negotiable to 5 JOD (at low season). The ride will save you more efforts than time, because the car drives slowly in the rought terrain. Then starts a hiking train with a lot of steps up and down (sometimes just inclined surfaces and no steps) around the Monastery hill (counterclockwise). Before reaching the monastery you will see some 3...4 drink and souvenir merchants.
If you decide to ride
- Any kind of ride is NOT free. While the ride may be "included" in your ticket (as guides will say), the cost of this ride is NOT included (as they will explain once you start your ride). Actually once you are riding, they will reveal that the "tipping" cost is actually 18 JOD per person (around £15 GBP/€20 Euros/$25 USD). The ride takes about five minutes and is no quicker than walking. You can try negotiating - 4 JOD per person (or 2 JOD for a 10 min ride) will probably be accepted- tourists being scammed of 60 JOD for a family of three is usual.
- The price for the rides is not fixed, so always agree on a price before accepting the ride.
- If you are riding an animal, it will not be actual riding, the horse will be lead by the guide. So you will only go as fast as the guide goes, which may be slower than some people walk. The carriage is horse-driven and will be slightly faster than walking.
- Some animals are mistreated by their owners, although this seem to be mostly happening to the "service" animals, and "tourist" animals seem to be treated well (as of July 2018). Those are donkeys carrying goods to the stores on the Monastery Path (thus avoiding buying anything from those stores goes much longer way in preventing animal abuse). There are reports of abuse (PETA Asia released a video showing the abuse of these animals), however there are hundreds of working animals in Petra each day in front of tourist eyes. There are official signs asking tourists to report any animal abuse to Tourist Police or via [email protected] - please do so if you notice any mistreatment of animals.
Note that the local Bedou do not always treat animals very well (with the possible exception of camels, which are more highly valued). Don't be afraid to speak up with a sharp "Bas!" ("enough!") if you feel an animal is being mistreated; Bedouins are respectful of their guest's wishes.
Once you arrive at the Treasury and throughout Petra, there will be many camel and donkey owners jockeying for your business. Be prepared to do some bargaining and don't pay more than 25 JOD — a more reasonable price is around 15 JOD a person. Often there are times when the owner will drop their price in half simply by hearing a few phrases in Arabic.
Camel transport is an option. Riding a camel is a unique experience on more level ground, but a donkey is recommended for more ambitious climbs, such as the ones to the High Place or the Monastery. Camels are generally not offered on those rides, as they're very expensive and less docile than donkeys or horses. So riding them is OK, but deal well with the owner before climbing on them.
However, if you are reasonably fit and the weather is good, the walk is quite nice. Climbing the Monastery's path is preferred from 3PM, as by then it will be mostly in the shade, and the sun will shine on the Monastery itself (if you climb it in the morning, the Monastery will be in shade).
Riding a donkey is not recommended for those concerned with animal welfare, as animals are treated poorly; the climb at noon in the summer months is very hard for the animals.
Between your hotel and the Petra entrance, you can either walk or take a taxi for 1-2 JOD. Most hotels have a free shuttle to the entrance on fixed schedules.
A good idea is to stock up on high quality batteries for your digital camera before entering the site. You will take more photos than you think, and local batteries will often not last very long. If you use the phone to take photos, bring the power bank.
The urn atop the Treasury
Petra is an archaeological park, so the entrance fees are considered fairly steep compared to other Jordanian attractions. See the ticket info in the Get in section.
Guides can be hired from about 50 JOD and up (depending on what you want to see) at the Visitors Center. Many of them were born and raised in Petra, and will gladly share their knowledge with you. Alternatively, major hotels can rent you a portable Easyguide audio guide (10 JOD per day) for commentary in English, Arabic, French and Spanish. Easyguide is also available as a mobile phone service on all Jordanian mobile phone networks.
- The entrance to Petra is a long, winding sandstone canyon known as the Siq (about 2 km). There are minor carvings spotted here and there throughout the Siq, but the most impressive sights are the colorful and unusual sandstone patterns in the rock walls. There are also remains of terracotta pipes built into the sides of the canyon that were used in Roman times to carry water.
- Upon exiting the Siq, visitors can view the jaw-dropping grandeur of the Treasury (al-Khazneh in Arabic). Be sure to note the urn atop the Treasury structure. It has been rumored that the urn contained a Pharaoh's hidden treasure, and the urn bears the bullet pock marks where Bedouin travellers throughout the years have tested the theory. Get there when the park opens at 6AM or 6:30AM (depending on the season) and you may have the Treasury all to yourself, or with fewer than 5-10 people around.
- Past the next bend is the outer Siq or Street of Facades, a large canyon lined with the facades of various tombs.
- At the end of the Street of Facades is the 7000-seat Roman Theater. The theater was created by the Nabateans but later enlarged by the Romans. It is still used for occasional performances.
- On the side of the valley opposite the Roman Theater and a short walk up the hill, are the Royal Tombs. The name was given because they are quite grand in scale compared to the others in the area, but it is unclear for whom the tombs were originally constructed.
- The Monastery (ad-Deir), the largest carved monument in Petra, dates back to the 1st century AD. The interior, like that of the Treasury, is very small in comparison to the facade. The more than 800 steps up to the Monastery can take over an hour to walk; Few visitors choose to ride donkeys up to the top. The donkeys are treated very badly, and it's quite depressing to see this along the way.
- Petra by Night occurs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 20:30. Entrance fee is 17 JOD and you do not need a day pass. Tickets can be ordered at your hotel or straight from the company that sells them, Zaman Tours (about 200-300 m away from Visitor Center, on the right side of the street). It is lit by candles, you'll hear a short play of Bedouin music and be served some tea in plastic cups while you sit on mats at the Treasury. It's best to see this before you see Petra by day, as it becomes far less impressive if you already walked up to the Treasury during daytime. It's not amazing, but it's something nice to do during the nighttime.
- Princess Alia Clinic, Brooke Hospital for Animals  is located just inside the entrance to the park. As can be witnessed inside Petra, not all donkeys, horses and camels are treated well. A few are overworked, carrying overweight tourists, or subject to excessive whipping. The Brooke charity educates owners about the treatment of equestrian working animals and treats the animals for free. The clinic is happy to tell you about conditions for working animals in Jordan. Donations to the clinic are accepted.
- Wadi Musa, the city next to Petra, doesn't have any big tourist attractions aside from the view from uphill.
The Monastery is one of Petra's most impressive structures
For the terminally energetic, there are a number of popular hikes around Petra.
- In order to get a great understanding of what Petra is, it is better to spend two days there. The first day: Siq - Treasury - City - Monastery (entry cost as of February 2014 is 55 JOD for a two day ticket). The second day: another way to Petra through Wadi Muthlim - see the Treasury from above on Jebel Al -Khubtha - High Place of Sacrifice (Note: as of July 2019 visiting Treasury from above is forbidden by the government and enforced, however some merchants may offer you a loophole). If you enter Petra through Wadi Muthlim do not turn left immediately after the small Siq, first go right to see the Aqueduct, Tunnel and Al-Wu'eira Fort, and only after that return to the center of Petra. It may not be possible to go through this route due to excess water. It's not recommended attempting this route without a guide.
- The High Place of Sacrifice - The site at the top of the mountain contains elaborate rock altars used for sacrifices. From the High Place, one can view much of Petra from above. Beautiful scenery. It can get cold and windy, however. The trek down the back side of the mountain reveals many interesting tombs and carvings that might be missed by the average tourist. The round trip generally takes 1.5-2.5 hours. Not many people go through the back route as it's not always clear where it starts - just ask.
- The Mountain of Aaron (Jabal Haroun) is the highest peak in the area. At the top, you will find a small church and the tomb of Aaron, brother of Moses. The route to the top and back will take you past the Monastery and will take 4-8 hours depending on the path you choose.
Most hikes last about 2-3 hours both ways.
Once you have seen Petra consider exploring Little Petra and the bordering deserts: Wadi Rum and Wadi Araba. You can hire a local Bedouin guide for single or multiple day treks by foot, four-wheel-drive, horse, or camel. Sleeping under the stars in a Bedouin camp and cooking a meal Bedouin style is a special experience.
Ancient coin, mister?
The Bedouin tradesmen around the area will display artificial "ancient" Roman or Nabatean coins which are rather large in size. If pressed further, they will generally have a hidden stash of small, authentic coins from various periods. However, buying these coins encourages the illegal looting of archaeological sites. To supply you with a souvenir, the local inhabitants destroy graves, tombs, and buildings in the search for coins and other antiquities. The Antiquities Law of 1988 states that individuals who engage in illicit excavations and/or trading in antiquities are criminals.
Throughout Petra, vendors will offer bottles of decorative sand art. While they may appear similar to other such souvenirs found in other Jordanian locations, these are unique as the sand used to create the art is naturally colored sand scraped from the rock walls of various Petra canyons, rather than it being colored artificially. The most common design displays a camel's silhouette against a desert background. Some artists can write a name inside the sand bottle in a surprisingly short amount of time. Prices vary from 1.50-12 JOD/bottle, dependent on size, artwork and negotiation. Small bottles are sold for no less than 1.50 JOD, medium sized bottles for no less than 4 JOD, and big bottles for no less than 8 JOD.
There is a rather cheap supermarket between Cleopatra Hotel and Seven Wonders Hotel. All items are scanned, so there is not a tourist and a local price. However, it closes quite early — around 4-5PM.
Just under the bus station is a big building, with fruits and vegetables priced fairly.
There is only one restaurant in Petra, located at the far end of the Roman Highway, which, despite its steep pricing, is very popular. It also has the valley's monopoly on beer.
For just snacks and hot & cold drinks however, there are a number of small stores and vendors scattered throughout Petra. Depending on bargaining skills you will buy water for 0,5...1 JOD/0,5L; orange juice for 2-2,5 JOD/0,3L; gatorade for 2-3 JOD/0,55ml.
Shade is sparse in Petra, and on a hot summer's day you can expect to go through at least 4 liters of water (and more if you can afford to carry it). The need for water in the winter months is reduced. 1.5 liter bottles cost 1-1.50 JOD.
In Wadi Musa, there is a wider variety of eating options.
- Of particular note, is Al-Wadi Restaurant on Shaheed roundabout/Circle in the center of town. Reasonably priced, and the servers are extremely friendly. Also, great food that you will be unlikely to finish. Expect to pay 2-4 JOD for a main dish.
- Wrangler Bar, (at Petra Palace Hotel). Cosy bar with alcoholic drinks and 'oldie-but-goodie' music. 4 JOD for beer and wine. edit
- Si Wan restaurant has some good local food with fair prices. Also, there's a good and cheap bakery near it.
- Mountain Pub (at Hidab Hotel). Traditional wood bar with alcoholic beverages, hot and cold drinks, and snacks.
- Venus Hotel, Wadi Musa (Petra), ☎ +962 7 7742 6456, . Venus Hotel is located just a 2-minute walk from the entrance to the ancient city of Petra. It offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and panoramic views over the Petra Mountains.All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and minibars. Each has satellite TV with cable channels and a hairdryer in the private bathroom.Venus edit
- Mussa Spring Hotel, Wadi Musa (Petra), ☎ +962 3 215 6310, . Mussa Spring Hotel offers affordable accommodation fitted with satellite TV and en suite bathrooms. Petra city centre is a 5-minute drive away.Mussa Spring Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each fitted with private bathrooms, heating and in-house movies. A free welcome tea is available on arrival. edit
- Peace Way Hotel, Wadi Musa (Petra), ☎ +962 3 215 6963, . Peace Way Hotel is located in the centre of Wadi Musa, and is a one minute walk from the main market, and 900 m from the main gate to Petra. Guests can enjoy free WiFi throughout the property.The property consists of two floors, containing seventeen rooms (Single, Double, Triple). All rooms at the Peace Way come edit
- Petra Guest House Hotel, Wadi Musa (Petra), ☎ +962 3 215 6266, . Petra Guest House Hotel is situated at the entrance of ancient Petra. It offers air-conditioned rooms that overlook Wadi Musa’s mountains.All of the rooms have traditional furnishings. Each offers an en suite bathroom with bathroom amenities, satellite TV and a minibar. Room service is available 24 hours a day.The edit
- Petra Nights Hotel, Wadi Musa (Petra), ☎ +962 3 215 9100, . Petra Nights Hotel offers accommodation in Wadi Musa overlooking the Nabatean city of Petra. The hotel has a hot tub and sauna, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is available in the entire hotel and the rooms. Almost all the 40 spacious rooms have spectacular views of the valley. edit
- Nabataean Tours, ☎ +962776882309, . Bedouin camp managed by Nawwaf Hwatats, born and raised in a cave in Petra. It is a very good way of getting to know the real Bedouin lifestyle. Guides tours by four-wheel-drive, camel, horse or foot to Little Petra, Wadi Rum and Wadi Araba.. edit
- Petra Gate Hotel, ☎ +962 (03)215 6908 ([email protected]). Warm, welcoming, and friendly atmosphere; the rooms all with bath and toilet , offers free transportation to the site; free luggage storage; international telephone call service; laundry; wireless internet services; satellite TV; movies; tickets to Petra by Night; and a big buffet-style restaurant. English speaking, super friendly and helpful staff is there to answer all your questions, and they can organise trips to Wadi Rum and to the kings highway and Dead Sea and they will help you during your stay. Clean and quite cheap, breakfast included. It can be organized with a tripe to Wadi Rum including jeep tour camping sleep and they can pick you up from Amman airport or Aqaba Border for cheaper price , the manager seems to know all the information a bout Jordan and what ever you need ,double room 22 JOD , single room 18 JOD Petra Gate Hotel is a great value. 11 JOD per person. edit
- Valentine Inn, Wadi Mousa, Jabal Alzohour Str, Jordan. (At the main roundabout, head up the (steep) hill about 200mt, entrance on the right.), ☎ + 962 (03)215 6423, . checkin: anytime; checkout: 11am. [note the hotel location indicated by Google maps is incorrect) The place where every taxi driver will attempt to take you, the Valentine Inn has become very popular with budget travelers and backpackers. They offer a generous and tasty breakfast and dinner buffet (2.5 and 5 JOD, Dec 2014), clean and cool dorm rooms, and sociable dining area with great views of the town. Depending on which staff or owners, you can easily have help with directions or get tea. Like all places they can arrange everything, and offer a free minibus to the park entrance at 7 & 8am and returning at 4 & 5pm. The dorms may be cramped, but there is free Wi-Fi and pickup from the bus stand. Laundry is available at 2.5 JOD Dorm 5.5 JOD or 12.5 JOD including breakfast and buffet dinner (Dec 2014); Single 15 JOD, Feb 2011; double 18 JOD; Triple 20 JOD. edit
- Peace Way Hotel, ([email protected], fax: +962 3 2156963). free wifi in the lobby, free transport to Petra in the morning (1-way only) 18 JOD/night, single room including breakfast, feb 2011. edit
- Amra Palace Hotel, P.O.Box 124 Wadi Mousa 71810 - Petra - Jordan, ☎ +962 3 2157070 ([email protected], fax: +962 3 2157071), . wifi in lobby and bedroom (7 JOD for 1 day but often special unlimited offer mix with other things). Located just next to the Petra Gate Hotel - offers a nice terrace with good standing, a swimming pool and clean rooms 24 JOD/night, single room including breakfast, Feb 2011. edit
- Moon Valley Hotel. Rooms for 22 JOD/night (April 2011). 20 JOD for additional nights. Room was decent for the price but not the cleanest. Air conditioning, Satellite TV, and hot water. Included in the price is a minimal breakfast. WiFi for 2 JOD/day. Staff was very nice and helpful. Walking distance to Petra's entrace, although it may take 10 minutes or so. It's near a bunch of cheap supermarkets, SiWan restaurant (great local food, fair prices, not the cheapest), and near a good and cheap bakery. edit
- Sharah Mountains Hotel ([email protected]), Wadi Mousa (500 meters from the bus station), ☎ 00962779421440, . checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. Sharah Mountains Hotel is located in Petra (Wadi Mousa), One minute walk from Al-Shaheed roundabout. Offers free transportation to & from the gate of Petra at any time you want, deposit safe, reservation for other hotels in Jordan , Organizing transportation to any place in Jordan with very competitive prices. 20 JOD per room per night. edit
- Qaser Al-Bint Hotel ([email protected]), City Center (five minutes to The bus station), ☎ 00962776434952, . checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. Offers clean and comfortable rooms with air condition and private paths. 18 JOD per room. edit
- Bedouin Discovery Home. About 20 JOD per night. Located in the back entrance to Petra, this homestay (private room and shower, can accommodate multiple people) is ideal for those who want to experience Petra off-the-beaten track. Bedouin Discovery Home is the name of the flat and travel agency owned by a B'doul bedouin, part of the tribe that previously lived in Petra until the government relocated them to the town of Umm Sayhoun. Staying here gives you the chance to see how the bedouin live today. Also offers home-cooked traditional Jordanian foods. Ideal for solo female travelers seeking safety and for hikers who want to be away from other tourists and explore alternative paths. About 2-4 JOD taxi ride from Wadi Musa. 20 JOD. edit
- Al-Anbat 1, ☎ +962 (06) 215 6888 ([email protected], fax: +962 (03) 215 6888), . Clean rooms with satellite TV (including BBC & CNN). All upstairs rooms have baths and the occasional balcony. Poorly located some 4 km from Wadi Musa, but breakfast and transport to Petra is included in the price. Internet cafe, restaurant and Turkish bath. In January 2009 the hot air from the air-conditioning system was being switched off at night and during the day ("when all the tourists are in Petra"), that caused extremely cold temperature inside the rooms, where you could stay only having your coat on or under two covers. From 55 JOD (January 2015). edit
- Valley Stars Inn, ☎ ''+962'' 3 2155733 ([email protected]), . Family owned and operated, and the manager's devotion to service and direct attention to details makes this two star hotel like a five star international quality experience. Bright and sociable living room/ eating areas with warm and homey atmosphere and unlimited free high speed wireless internet access. Clean and comfortable guest rooms. Manager speaks and writes (emails/ texts) English, graciously responds to all questions about your complete Petra vacation, and can arrange for local guided tours. Upon request, Manager will assist with travel plans to and from other points within Jordan, organize trips, and provide travel advice for Wadi Rum, Wadi Dana, Aqaba, Amman and other destinations, all for a fair and honest price (no need to haggle). Free shuttle service provided to and from Petra main gate. Free luggage storage upon check-out. Boxed lunches can be arranged for day trips with a local restaurant and delivered to hotel. 35 JOD for double, includes international breakfast buffet, complete with eggs cooked to order. Half board for 10 JOD extra adds a superb dinner. edit
- Hidab Hotel ([email protected]), City Center (five minutes from the entrance to Petra), ☎ 0096232159100, . checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. Budget 3-star hotel offering spacious rooms with air conditioning and private bath, satellite TV, hair dryer, fridge, 24-hour front desk service, Turkish Bath undergoing renovations and is closed, Moonlight Terrace Restaurant, where service is spotty and they are surprised when you show up to eat, and Mountain Pub. Breakfast included. 25 JOD per room. edit
- Petra Moon Hotel, Petra Visitor Center Street, Wadi Musa, ☎ +96232156220 ([email protected]), . Right next to the Mövenpick (only 100m from the Petra entrance) but half the price. 50 JOD (US$70) for a double room. Swimming pool on the roof. Nice rooms with large LCD TVs. The most highly rated hotel in Petra. edit
- Mövenpick Resort & Petra, Wadi Mousa 71810 Petra, ☎ + 962 3 21 57 11 1 ([email protected], fax: +962 3 21 57 11 2), . checkin: 14:00 hrs; checkout: 12:00 hrs. Located directly at the entrance to the historic city of Petra, the luxurious Mövenpick Resort Petra is certainly one of the most notable hotels in the Middle East. The Mövenpick Resort Petra is delighted to welcome its guests and visitors to the newly refurbished and tastefully decorated rooms and suites. The newly remodeled rooms and suites are elegantly designed and decorated with modern stylish furniture and fixtures that will satisfy the most discerning individual. All rooms and suites are equipped with the latest technological requirements such as wireless broadband internet connection and a 32/37 inch LCD flat screen television. Rates starting from 99.00++ JOD. (30°19'32.48N,35°28'10.21E) edit
- Grand View Resort, Queen Rania Street (Beside the Marriott overlooking Wadi Musa), ☎ +962 (3) 215 68 71 ([email protected]), . One of the top 5 hotels in Wadi Musa, the Grand View Resort offers excellent service with a fantastic view of Jabal Haroun (the Mountain of Aaron) and the surrounding area. Single: 75 JOD; Twin: 100 JOD; Studio: 150 JOD; Junior Suite: 250 JOD; Executive Suite: 450 JOD. edit
- Taybet Zaman Hotel and Resort, ☎ +962 (06) 215 0111. Located in a renovated 19th-century village, this is quite possibly the best hotel and almost certainly the most stylish one in Petra, if not in all of Jordan. The 111 rooms are all located in individual houses decorated in Bedouin style. The inevitable handicraft shops are attractively camouflaged in a "souq", and there are good restaurants and even a Turkish bath on hand. The resort is a fair distance from Petra, but a courtesy shuttle bus is provided once a day: 9:30AM to Petra and 2:30PM for the return. This doesn't give enough time for exploration of Petra. If you have your own transportation, this is doable. If not, you end up paying 8 JOD each way for a taxi. There are two seasons in Petra: in the high season the price is 195$, but in the low season it is 130$. Rooms start at $110. edit
- Mövenpick Nabatean Castle Hotel, Wadi Mousa 71810 P.O BOX 184, ☎ +962 3 21 57 20 1 ([email protected], fax: +962 3 21 57 20 9), . checkin: 14:00 hrs; checkout: 12:00 hrs. Mövenpick Nabatean Castle Hotel is a 10 minute drive from the entrance to the historic site of Petra, situated in a breathtaking secluded position on a hillside at an altitude of 1,400 metres. All the hotel's 90 rooms and suites are spacious and most have extraordinary views over the Great Rift Valley. Interconnecting rooms and non-smoking rooms are available on request. Rates starting from 66.00++ JOD. (30°17'19.15N,35°27'23.70E) edit
The most cold and rainy months to visit Petra are December, January and February. In this time it is warm during the day and very cold in the evenings and at nights. That's why it is necessary to take coats, hats and gloves. And it could warm up your visit there if you take a thermos with hot tea with you. Avoid going if the forecast shows a lot of rain, as the guards may need to transport tourists out if the valley starts to flood (like on Jan 18th 2010), it occasionally snows in Petra (around two days a year). During summer the hot, dry air sometimes results in nosebleeds for those who are prone to them, remedies like petroleum jelly on the skin are said to help. Cracking skin means you don't drink enough water.
Also, carry plenty of water and Oral Rehydration products like water if you are traveling to Petra in the hot summer months to avoid dehydration for lack of water. Shade, a head covering (or hooded shirt), or stopping moving somewhere cool and drinking water, will help you avoid getting a heat stroke. Consider not taking backpack for more air to your back, instead drink sufficiently during breakfast and carry one or two bottles with you.
There are toilets in several locations, including entrance to the Siq and the Façades street. Toilets are free and relatively clean.
Climbable places in Petra rarely have safety guards. Watch your children, watch out donkeys, wear comfortable shoes.
- Little Petra is accessible by taxi or from/to Petra. A fair price would be about 15 JOD to go there from Wadi Musa, stay about 1 hour and come back with the same taxi. There is also at least one minibus leaving from the bus station (city center) around 12 (May 2012).
- Wadi Rum, a stunning desert valley in southern Jordan, lies about an hour south of Petra. Buses leave in the morning (~6:30am) and generally cost 10 JOD. Taxi for 25 JOD and not more than 35 JOD. (June 2015). The journey is most of the time on a higher altitude road and is pretty much interesting. Temperature may be slightly lower than the plains and you could see the original bedouins camping on the mountains. Takes 2 to 2.5 hours. Request your taxi guy to take to WAdi Rum visitors centre and he should help you in connecting to the camp where you've made your booking.
- Buses to Aqaba also leave in the morning for 5 JOD (price for Tourists) (~ 7am). A taxi to Aqaba will cost 45 JOD. If you see a green Aqaba taxi, ask directly if they will take you to Aqaba, as it is possible to negotiate the price.
- Public minibus from Wadi Musa (Petra) to Ma'an is 0.55 JOD and from there to Aqaba 1.5 JOD (Dec 2011).
- It is recommended to do Kerak on your path between Petra/Amman as most hotels don't organized one day tour back to the initial place.
- To get to Amman, you can take a minibus at the central bus station (7 JOD). The actual price is 3 JOD but bus drivers will try to overcharge you. Pay attention to what the others are paying and give them the exact change. There must be one per hour until 2 or 3PM. Jett company also has a daily bus leaving at 4PM from the parking close to the visitor center, around 9 JOD. (January 2014)
- Wadi Rum Protected Area Camp, Wadi Rum Protected Area (11km past Rum Village), ☎ 00962776365182, . checkin: 7:00AM; checkout: 9:00AM. Traditional Bedouin Camp, package includes dinner and breakfast. Optional tours available. Professional guides and service. 10-20 JOD. (29.48336,35.39370) edit
- Donkey ride - they will tell you it's 1 hour walk up the 800 steps to the monastery and riding donkey will be 20 minutes, but in fact, donkey is little faster than walking. There are some concerns about the animals' welfare as well. It is no easy walk, but there are many elderly visitors walking up the steps with no problems. Best remedy is to have your GPS and know beforehand where you are in relation to the destinations/sites--Android and iPhone maps app are easy to use. Do exercise caution and agree a price before accepting a ride.
- Child selling postcard - a roughly 10 year old child nagging you to buy postcard and will keep following you for minutes; if you tell him to get lost an older boy might come up and accuse you of hitting his brother. Keep smiling and be firm but not aggressive and they'll go soon bother somebody else.
- Party lines most scammers communicate via mobile phone with their accomplices further down the road, so don't make yourself seem an easy soft target. It's common for them to use a party line.
- Human shield shakedown it's common for the extortionists and shakedown artists to deploy the very young and very old against their marks, to surround themselves with whole families while following people.
- Watering hole attacks anywhere there's a watering hole in Petra, there's going to be a criminal waiting for prey to approach.
- Tour guides you may find yourself a victim of high pressure tour guide pitchmen who, if rebuked, will cause their gang to stalk and harass you in town demanding pay, inflating prices, harassing you at the monuments, ruining your experience and reminding you that "you have to pay up front".
- One size two prices "did you want the small one, or the big one?"
- Bill padding this appears to happen when local thugs arrive as an an implied threat to further bother other customers. A charge is added to your bill and the criminals walk away with it. The business compels you to pay what the mafia demands, on behalf of them.
- Prostitution, Hotel surveillance there is a large group of people associated with international sex trafficking, there are many hotels. They will isolate people and use intimidation tactics and other psychological ploys. Pimps and prostitutes are manipulators, usually addicts, they will behave as though if they don't know you (and con you so they can feed their addictions) they are absolutely going to die. Along with illegal prostitution and drugs always comes audio and visual surveillance in the hotels preferred by the groups operating in them. Computer intrusion, exploits against cellular phones, monitoring of social media, spearphishing attempts, all leading finally to simple attempts to corrupt and extort money from people unwilling to pay for or tolerate the prostitution and drugs.
- Know the difference the local bedouins are high pressure salesmen, they will con and cajole and pursue. Many foreigners have also arrived, extensions of racketeering groups from abroad. They are not Bedouin, nor even Arab.
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