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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
Entry Ticket to Petra costs 90 JD (=127 USD) for Day-Visitors. Tourists (overnight and cruise visitors) pay 50 JD (=70 USD) for 1 day, 55 JD for 2 days or 60 JD for 3 days. Students have to pay the full price
The minibus from [[Wadi Rum]] costs 5 JD. It takes 1.5 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 usually leaves from Wadi Rum at 8:30 in the morning, 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 - these leave when full, and tourists are charged 5 JD to get on. Do not allow the drivers to charge you for your luggage, as they might sometimes try to do. The ride is about three hours.
There is a daily bus to Wadi Musa from [[Madaba]] that travels via the scenic (but slow) [[King's Highway]]. This minibus leaves from outside the Mariam Hotel in [[Madaba]].
If you get there renting a minibus with a driver in the hotel at the [[Dead Sea (Jordan)|Dead Sea]], the one-way price would be 140 JD.
[[Image:Camel.jpg|thumb|right|200px|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). When entering Petra, there is a brief hike down towards the Siq.
There are 4 segments within Petra with 3 potential animal transport. From the entrance to the Siq (by horse), From the Entrance to the Treasury (by cart), From the Treasury to the stairs of the Monastery (donkey or camel), the 800 stairs of the monastery (donkey).
* Wadi Musa which is the city next to Petra doesn't have any big touristic attraction
For the terminally energetic, there are a number of popular hikes around Petra.
* <sleep name="Al-Anbat 1" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+962 (06) 215 6888" email="[email protected]" fax="+962 (03) 215 6888" url="http://www.alanbat.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="From 45JD (January 2009)">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.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Petra Gate Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+962 (03)215 6908" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="11 JD per person" lat="" long="" email="[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.
[[Update from August 18th 2012]] : Friendly & welcoming but definitely not a clean place. Rooms are disgusting, no air conditioning, no TV, english is approximative, breakfeast just acceptable and you've to ask for towels, toilet paper, sheets etc. Manager sleeps in the entrance hall on a mat. Careful when you come down for breakfeast. Restaurant was not open and it's not really a restaurant. It's cheap but that's probably it's main attraction. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Saba'a Hotel" alt="" address="Wadi Musa, Petra, Jordan" directions="From the bus station, turn left and walk along the main road to the roundabout, cross over and walk 100yards up the hill on the left." phone="+ 962 776250574 (Ibrahim)and +962 779730533 (Gail)" url="http://www.sabaahotel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Prices per person from: single ensuite 16JD, double/twin ensuite 12JD,
* <sleep name="Valley Stars Inn" phone="''+962'' 3 2155733" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.valleystarsinn.com" checkin="" checkout="" price= "JD 35 for double, includes international breakfast buffet, complete with eggs cooked to order. Half board for JD10 extra adds a superb dinner" lat="" long="" email="[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.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Valentine Inn" alt="" address="Wadi Mousa, Jabal Alzohour Str, Jordan." directions="At the main roundabout, head up the (steep) hill about 200mt, entrance on the right." phone="+ 962 (03)215 6423" url="http://www.valentine-inn.com/index.html" checkin="anytime" checkout="11am" price="Dorm 3JD (14 beds) 5.5JD (9 beds); Single 15JD, feb 2011; double 18JD; Triple 20JD" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">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 5JD, feb 2011), 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 5 & 6pm. The dorms may be cramped, but there is free Wi-Fi and pickup from the bus stand. Laundry is available at 2.5jd</sleep>
* <sleep name="Nawaf Bedouin Camp" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+962 795 537 109" url="http://sites.google.com/site/nawafdeserttours/" checkin="" checkout="" price="95JD/night, including dinner and breakfast" lat="" long="" email="nawafp[email protected]
* <sleep name="Peace Way Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" fax="+962 3 2156963" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="18JD/night, single room including breakfast, feb 2011" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" checkin="">free wifi in the lobby, free transport to Petra in the morning (1-way only)</sleep>
*<sleep name="Qaser Al-Bint Hotel" alt="[email protected]" address="City Center " directions="five minutes to The bus station" phone="00962776434952" url="hostels.com" checkin="12:00" checkout="12:00" price="18 JOD per room" lat="" long="">Offers clean and comfortable rooms with air condition and private paths.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Hidab Hotel" alt="[email protected]" address="City Center " directions="five minutes from the entrance to Petra" phone="0096232159100" url="http://hidabhotelbooking.com/" checkin="12:00" checkout="12:00" price="25 JOD per room" lat="" long="">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, Moonlight Terrace Restaurant, and Mountain Pub. Breakfast included.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Mövenpick Resort & Petra" alt="" address="Wadi Mousa 71810 Petra" phone="+ 962 3 21 57 11 1" url="http://www.moevenpick-petra.com/" checkin="14:00 hrs" checkout="12:00 hrs" price="Rates starting from JOD 99.00++" lat="30°19'32.48N" long=" 35°28'10.21E" email="[email protected]" fax="+962 3 21 57 11 2">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.</sleep>
== Stay healthy ==
The most cold and rainy months to visit Petra are December and
Al Yakhor Turkish bath is located in Quiet Street where next to Petra Palace hotel. Just 200m far from main gate of Petra. Freshen up with a centuries-old spa treatment! A scrub in a Turkish bath is not just part of a bathing ritual, it also helps with detox and enhancing our immune system. Indulge in a hammam and get clean on the inside as well as out!
How the hammam works
The Turkish bath is modeled on the Roman system of bathing with a warm room, hot room and cool room. The bather enters the warm room where their body warms up, then enters the hot room, or steam room, which has water basins along the walls and a large heated stone platform in the center. The bather can rest on the stone to increase body temperature and promote sweating, then rinse off at the water basins. One of the main specialties of the Turkish bath is the foam and scrub massage where a masseuse or masseur lathers up the bather with a special cloth sack full of foam and scrubs off dirt and dead skin with a loofah. The bather can then continue to relax in the hot room and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the steam and heat.