You may recognise the photo, be it from films such as Indiana Jones or stunning travel or historical photography. This is Petra.
Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 New Wonders of the World located between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea in Jordan. It is famed for its ancient city that is half built, half carved into pink sandstone mountains.
Here is what you need to know about visiting Petra.
Where is Petra?
The archeologically city of Petra can be found in Southern Jordan. There are a number of excursions you can take to visit Petra, or you can travel to Petra yourself and stay at one of the many hotels in the area.
How do I get to Petra?
As Petra is located about 4 hours from Amman airport, this is your best entry point from the UAE. You can safely hire a car to drive to Petra (there are sign posts in English) or you can hop on a direct bus.
An alternative route is to fly into Aqaba airport which is then a 1.5-hour drive to Petra, however this airport is serviced by lesser known airlines.
How much does it cost to visit Petra?
As of November 2018, the current price to visit Petra is 90J.D, which is about 466AED. There are many different ticket prices available however, plus guided tour tickets.
How long does it take to visit Petra?
The archaeological site can be comfortably view in a day, however if you wish to spend more time there such as at sunset or sunrise also, you can stay in a local hotel and visit multiple times. It is one of the new wonders of the world of course!
When is the best time to visit Petra?
Petra can be extremely hot in the summer, so we recommend that you visit in the spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November) for a more comfortable visit.
The best time of the day to visit is early in the morning to miss the main crowds and midday sun, or the mid-afternoon when the heat is passing. If you visit for sunrise or sunset, you will be impressed by the light changing colours of the buildings and rocks.
What are the top sites to see at Petra?
There are lots to see in Petra, but the main sights you must visit are The Siq, The Treasury, The Monastery, High Palace of Sacrifice and the Royal Thombs.
Are there paces to eat and drink in Petra?
Yes, there are a number of places you can go to eat and drink within the site. When you arrive, you will be provided with a map to easily locate all facilities. We highly recommend you keep water with you at all times as it can get very hot.
Can I stay in Petra?
You cannot stay within the Petra site, but there are many hotels in the area close by called Wadi Musa, which is just a 10-minute walk away from Petra. The hotels here range from affordable to 5 star luxury.
What shall I wear?
Make sure you wear something comfy on your feet, you will be doing quite a bit of walking. As it can get very hot and there is little shade, take a hat or scarf to cover your head, plus lots of sunscreen. You can wear what you want on the rest of your body, but many still keep their outfits respectful and they body a little covered up.
Do I need travel insurance to visit Petra?
At the time of arriving you do not need to have travel insurance in order to enter the country, however it is highly advisable that you do take out insurance when you are away from home. Should you need medical treatment, occur out of pocket expenses for trip delays or cancellation, or lose personal possessions, travel insurance will help with the cost of those things.
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