Travel Tips: City of Petra

Petra. Image: Alex Vasey, Unsplash.
Petra. Image: Alex Vasey, Unsplash.

The City of Petra, also known as the Pink City, is an ancient city built under rock formations typical of the interior of Jordan, in the region of an extensive and dry desert.

The city served as a veritable fortress, protecting Arab merchants from the ancient kingdom of Jordan from thieves and invaders. These merchants were of essential importance for trade, as they exchanged between eastern and western products, acting as mediators of routes unknown to Europeans.

To visit this World Heritage Site, it is necessary to be well prepared, as long walks are needed to access everything and the best landscapes.

When To Go To Petra

Image: Ahmad Qaisieh, Unsplash.
Image: Ahmad Qaisieh, Unsplash.

Petra is situated in a desert region. In this way, temperatures can fluctuate between extreme heat and very low temperatures, and may even have snowfall.

Those wishing to visit the region, in order to ensure greater comfort, should avoid seasons and periods of the year when the temperature is more elastic, choosing to visit the region during the first and autumn: March to May; September to November.

What To Do In The Pink City

Image: Ahmad Qaisieh, Unsplash.
Image: Ahmad Qaisieh, Unsplash.
  • Wadi Musa Serpent’s;
  • Tomb and Obelisk’s Tomb;
  • Al Khazna;
  • Al Dayr Monastery.

Wadi Musa Serpent’s

Image: Zena Al Yousef, Unsplash.
Image: Zena Al Yousef, Unsplash.

The first tip is the village of Wadi Musa (Valley of Moses), one of the best known postcards of the entire Middle East. So, this Bedouin camp is installed in the Aqaba desert and has great visibility (from its top, it is possible to see Saudi Arabia!).

Tomb and Obelisk’s Tomb

Be sure to visit the archaeological site of the Tomb of the Serpent and Tomb of the Obelisk. This posthumous monument was built into the region’s own rock formations, as is the case in most of the Petra region.

Al Khazna

Al Khazna, another great attraction, stands out for its size, measuring 43 meters high and 30 meters long. Thus, according to historians, this monument was built as a tomb for a great king of the Nabataean people.

Al Dayr Monastery

Another interesting tip is to visit the Al Dayr monastery in Petra. There are 800 steps to climb, but the effort is worth it. It is considered one of the seven wonders of the world and therefore you should not miss it.

Gastronomy in Petra

Gastronomy in Petra is quite diverse. So, there are options for all tastes, from traditional Arab/Bedouin food to international and contemporary cuisine, especially in luxury hotels that serve the entire region.

Take a day to experience eating with the Bedouins. The food of this nomadic people is very rich in proteins, such as goat and mutton. There is also a long tradition of tea drinking.

During the tours, it is possible to find several Bedouin camps where these meals are offered. Another outstanding experience is dinner, made during the night tour to the city of Petra.

Other tips for your trip to Petra

Image: Thales Botelho de Sousa, Unsplash.
Image: Thales Botelho de Sousa, Unsplash.

Dress in light clothing suitable for a day of walking outdoors. Temperatures in the region are high, and therefore, the use of heavy clothes or those that increase the thermal sensation and discomfort is not recommended. Also, wear a hat and sunscreen.

Hire a local guide for your tour, as they can take tourists to the best places, with the best angles and thus, make the best records, optimizing the whole experience.

Therefore, Petra is one of those unanimous destinations among travelers: don’t leave this world without knowing one of the most interesting and impressive cities in the world. A city encrusted in stone, in the middle of the desert, with thousands of years of history. Enjoy your travel to Petra!

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