Little Petra to Petra hike
Today we hike from Ammarin Bedouin Camp, to Little Petra and finally Petra itself for our first glimpse of this Wonder of the World.
The trek takes us through some of the most spectacular landscapes we have seen yet, with sweeping views high over the canyons and desert.
Good tracks go pleasantly down Wadi Ghurab amidst sandstone mountains guarding the approaches to Petra. This way follows a Nabataean route out of the valley and skirts round the final mountain on a natural rock terrace which has been ‘improved’ for the safety of walkers. Even so, it still narrows slightly before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh.
When we near the ‘back door’ of Petra, we will stop for a cup of tea at a viewpoint, before continuing through to discover The Monastery. After taking in its grandeur (and taking lots of photos!) we enjoyed our packed lunch at the cafe, perhaps with a fresh juice or coffee.
We then begin the part of the hike that goes through Petra, descending 950 steps into the main citadel. Along the way, our guide will tell us all about the history of the various castles, tombs, amphitheatres and more that have been carved into the mountains. However, we diverge before reaching the Treasury – this will be saved for tomorrow.
Finally, we exit Petra and reach our hotel for the night. After checking in and showering, we can enjoy dinner together, and then either spend the evening relaxing or go for an optional extra visiting Petra by Night (17JOD pp), where the Treasury is lit up by candles and becomes the stage for storytelling and traditional music..
Walking time: 6
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner