Petra is one of the most awe-inspiring, spaces with beautiful works of art left over from a long past era that just showcase beauty in its purest form. Though the blistering summer heat tried to dampen the sheer awesomeness of all the wonders, I decided to bask in them all, one step at a time – literally with lots of cool down time in the caves, had to take it slow. It was so worth it and the two days I reserved to explore its magnificence only allowed me to scratch the surface. It comes with a hefty entrance fee but it was money well spent…
How to Get to There
You can fly into Amman, the capital of Jordan and take a taxi to Petra. It is quite far so it will take around 3 hours. I stayed in Madaba for a few days and took a taxi from there.The hotel I used arranged it. I stayed at a hostel in Petra. You can check online for accommodations.
At the time I visited in July 2012, things were reasonably priced. The fee to Petra is about 77 USD for the 2 days pass. The one day pass is more expensive. You really need at least two days to soak it all up. The sun is very hot and you will be exhausted quickly. You can avail a camel or donkey that you will see some guys advertising for a fee.
Driving was not allowed inside the vast space that is Petra, so use one of the modes of transports on offer and bargain.
Prepare Well to Maximize Your Experience
Wear comfortable shoes that are suitable for walking long distances and with good grip since there is much climbing involved.
Take a backpack with water because it is hot and you will get thirsty.
Wear breathable clothing especially in summer.
Bring a hat to shield yourself from the sun. Much of Petra has wide open spaces.
Get there for opening time and enjoy a good 3 hours before the tour buses arrive.
Remember your camera
Amp up your patience since someone will give you the hard sell for stuff over and over again. Put on a pair of sunglasses and avoid eye contact.
I highly recommend going there if you get a chance and not even the young and no so young lads pestering one to take a ride on their camel or donkey does not take away from this great wonder. People gotta eat and being that there is not much work available in the area it is what it is…