Among the different places we have visited, without a doubt, Petra is at the top of the list. Next to the ruins of Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat or the Chinese Wall among others, the city of the Nabateans, is one of those places capable of hitting such an adrenaline shot that will turn that trip into a memory forever.
If you have never been to Petra, you probably think that the famous Treasury facade, sculpted in the rock, is Petra and little else. Nothing is further from reality. Petra was the ancient capital of the Nabatean kingdom and is a huge complex that covers more than 10 square kilometers with different temples, caves and a spectacular landscape that you can explore on your own.
Next we will give you a whole series of tips to visit Petra answering all those questions that we usually receive by email or through social networks. We hope you are using them to prepare your trip to Jordan.
What is the best time to travel to Petra?
The Treasury, the best possible name for this wonder
If your vacation days are flexible the best dates to visit Jordan and Petra are during the spring and autumn months. The summer is very hot while in winter the temperatures drop a lot and are usually the days of more rain. Let's not forget that the country is in the Middle East and has a mainly desert climate. May and June as well as September and October are usually the best months to travel to Jordan.
How many days are needed to visit Petra?
With three days and subsequent nights you can see the most important places in Petra. If you are prepared and in good shape with a couple of days you can brush a large part of the enclosure. On the first day we made the Siq, Al-Khazneh (the Treasury), the Royal Tombs, the Roman theater and the Monastery. We just burst but if you go soon and you are fit it is perfectly possible.
During the second day we are dedicated to explore and enjoy. A third day we would have loved to go more in detail or repeat those places that had fascinated us the most.
If you have little time Ideally, hire a guided tour in Spanish to get to know the best of Petra. There are modalities of one day or two depending on the time you have.
Get ready to walk a lot
Sunset over one of Petra's tombs
In Petra you walk a lot. Already only with the Siq we will make 3 kilometers with the round trip, if we add the distance between the Treasury and the Monastery they are already a few kilometers more and about 800 steps of unevenness.
In Petra it is necessary to carry Comfortable shoes to enjoy the show without regretting blisters on the feet or possible stiffness the next day. Wear very comfortable hiking clothes and a spare shirt if you are one of those who sweat more than the account.
What did I carry in my backpack while visiting Petra?
The most important thing that should not be missing in a backpack at the Petra site is water. Abundant water to spend all day. Although you will find several places where they sell at high prices it is ideal to take a couple of bottles with you. In the interpretation center take the opportunity to take a good map of the area if you do not already have one with you.
Are there restaurants or places to eat in Petra?
The imposing presence of the Monastery in Petra
There are some restaurants on the premises of Petra. One is near the Roman column walk and another before starting the ascent to the Monastery. The prices are high. Decide for yourself if it is convenient for you to take your prepared food or prefer to go light and eat in the restaurants. We opt for the first option.
How much does it cost to visit Petra and what kind of tickets exist?
Petra for free
If you travel for free, the first thing you need to do is access the Visitor Center and purchase your tickets. In the following table you will see the different prices that vary according to the days you plan to visit the Nabatean city.
Children under 12 enter free.
With hired excursion
There are multiple options to visit Petra in a group. It is an excellent way to save time, avoid getting lost and enjoy the presence of a guide who can answer any questions and thoroughly detail the secrets of where we are. Then I show you the best Recommended excursions with guides in Spanish:
- Full excursion to Petra from Aman (12 hours)
- Two-day Petra and Wadi Rum tour from Amman
- Full day excursion to Petra from Aqaba
- Full day excursion to Petra from Eliat
Is it worth signing up for the tour of Petra by Night?
Completing the visit to Petra with a magical and romantic touch can be the culmination of a trip to remember. Petra by Night It consists of a night excursion crossing the Siq and get to the treasure lit with 1500 candles that give it an incredible halo.
This activity is done every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. It starts at 8:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center and lasts about two hours. The price is 17 dinars and 10 year olds can do it for free. Tickets can only be purchased at the Visitor Center, at some local agencies as well as at several hotels in Wadi Musa.
Rent a car and visit Jordan for free
The freedom of a car and go freely visiting a country is difficult to match. If you have raised more than a week traveling through Jordan it can be a great option. The roads are much better than we expected. People are going at a prudent speed and they only asked us for the papers (a couple of times) when we were going through the area of the Dead Sea, near the border with the West Bank.
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