We took the bus to Wadi Musa, which is the village alongside Petra. I wanted to take the cheaper minibuses but it was a Friday (Holy Day) so they wouldn’t be running as much. We then took the slightly more expensive, but cheaper than a long-distance cab, JETT Bus. It was fine. Left on time, got there on time and stopped for a short tea break in the middle. We arrived in Wadi Musa at 10 am and the owner of the Saba’a Hotel was there to pick us up. The Saba’a is kind of like a hostel and is run by a friendly English/Jordanian couple. We were allowed to check in early into our family room.
Petra, like Lalibela in Ethiopia, is expensive for admission but they do have to pay for a lot of restoration so I can understand it. We debated whether to get the 2 day or 3 day pass (55 dinars or 60 dinars) and decided on the 3 day. Thank goodness, kids are free (like Angkor Wat in Cambodia) because the Jordanian dinar is much stronger than the Canadian dollar. After purchasing our tickets, we began the long walk to just get into the park, winding our way through the sometimes sunny, sometimes dark, narrow gorge called the Siq, saying, “No thanks” to the countless offers of horses to carry us.
‘It’ was the Treasury, Petra’s most popular ruin, carved right into the sandstone cliff.
It was as magnificent as I expected it to be.
Petra was taken over by Rome briefly before being partially destroyed by an earthquake in the 4th Century AD. The city was abandoned afterwards and became a local Bedouin secret for centuries. It wasn’t until 1812 that a Swiss explorer, Johannes Burckhardt, dressed as an Arab, convinced his Bedouin guide to show him the lost city and changed Petra’s destiny forever. Everyone wanted to see for themselves and visitors flocked from all over the world.
Petra became Jordan’s most popular tourist attraction. There weren’t a lot of people at Petra when we were there, however. With it being winter combined with the war in Syria, there has been a significant dip in Jordan’s tourism.
The answer: 800.