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Travel – Petra – Jordan – Part 3

Petra is a historical and archaeological location in the southern part of Jordanian govern-orate of Ma’an, which is well-known for the rock-cut architecture and water conduit system.

Information about Petra – Jordan

• Alternatively, leading hotels can rent you a transportable Easy guide audio guide: JD 10 per day.
• The commentary is in English, Arabic, French and Spanish.
• Easy guide is usually available as a cell phone service on almost all Jordanian mobile phone coverage; a road map is required to utilize this service.
• The entry to Petra is a lengthy, winding sandstone canyon referred to as the Siq (approximately 2km).
• You will discover minor carvings discovered all through the Siq, but the most satisfactory points of interest are the colorful and rare sandstone patterns in the stone walls.
• There are remains of terracotta pipes constructed into the sides of the canyon which were utilized in Roman times to carry water.
• Upon leaving the Siq, tourists can look at the jaw-dropping grandeur of the Treasury (al-Khazneh in Arabic).
• Make sure to notice the urn atop the Treasury framework.
• It is often rumored that the urn incorporated a Pharaoh’s hidden treasure, and the urn carries the bullet pock marks wherein Bedouin travelers throughout the years have examined the theory.
• Get there when the park opens at 6 AM or 6:30 AM (based on the season) and you might have the Treasury all to yourself or perhaps with a lot less than 5-10 people around.
• Past the subsequent bend, is the external Siq or Street of Facades, a big canyon chalked with the facades of numerous tombs.
• Towards the end of the Street of Facades is the 7000-seat Roman Theater.
• The theater was developed by the Nabateans but later on increased by the Romans.
• It happens to be used for special performances.
• On the side of the valley opposite to the Roman Theater and a quick stroll up the hill, are the Royal Tombs.
• The name was assigned since they are quite fabulous in size when compared with the rest in this area, but it surely is unclear for whom the tombs were initially built.
• The Monastery (ad-Deir), the biggest carved monument in Petra, goes back to the first century AD.
• The interior, very similar to that of the Treasury, is puny when compared with the facade.
• It takes around one hour to cover approximately 800 steps leading to the monastery.
• Some tourists decide to ride on donkeys to reach the top.
• The donkeys are handled extremely badly, and it’s quite miserable seeing this as you go along.

Petra by Night

• Petra by Night takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 20:30.
• Entrance fee is 12 JD (Dec 2011) and you do not require a day pass.
• Order your tickets at the hotel.
• It is just made of candle lights; you’ll listen to a quick play of Bedouin music and also be offered with some tea in artificial cups whilst you take a seat on mats at the Treasury.
• It’s good to see this before you decide to see Petra by day, because it becomes much less impressive when you already walked around the Treasury in the day.
• It’s not amazing, however it’s something nice to accomplish in nighttime.
• You will find very mixed feedback on this; see for example, Trip Advisor Reviews on Petra by Night.

Best time to visit / climate

• Jordan has a sunny, dry weather characterized by lengthy, hot, dry summers as well as brief, cool winters.
• The weather is based on Jordan’s placement between the subtropical aridity of the Arabian Desert locations along with the subtropical humidity of the eastern Mediterranean region.
• January is the coldest month, with temperature ranges from 5°C to 10°C, and August is the hottest time of the year at 20°C to 35°C.
• Regular temperatures can be quite hot, particularly in the summer; on certain days it could be 40°C or higher, particularly when the Shirocco , a hot , dry southerly wind flies .
• These kind of winds can often be quite strong that will result in Sandstorms.
• Around 70 % of the regular rainfall in the country falls between November and then March; June through August tend to rain less.
• Rainfall differs from season to season and also from year to year.
• Precipitation is usually targeted in aggressive storms, leading to erosion as well as local flooding, particularly in the winter season.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

Entrance ticket
• Entrance Ticket to Petra will cost you 90 JD (=127 USD) for individuals who are Day-Visitors to Jordan.
• This is for those visitors lodging in Israel or Egypt and will spend the day in Petra and get back without spending the night in Jordan.
• Visitors (overnight and cruise tourists) spend 50 JD (=70 USD) for one day’s accessibility to Petra, 55 JD for two days or sixty JD for three days.
• Students are required to pay the full price, except if they have got a valid Jordanian University ID; in that case the entry fee is one JD.

1. By Bus
• JETT buses, both ordinary and also all-inclusive supervised tour, link up Amman and Aqaba with the fast (but monotonous) Desert Highway.
• Other visitors accompany organized groups, like daily tours from Eilat. Trips to Petra from Taba, Sinai and Sharm el Sheikh are likewise gaining reputation with charter tourism.
• It could cost 19 JD( December 2012 ) per individual to go out by JETT bus from Amman( Abdali JETT workplaces ) to Petra and back enabling you to see nearly the entire site in an ( tiring ) day trip.
Bus leaves from the car parking lot external to the Petra visitor centre:
– from Amman at 0630
– from Petra at 1600 sharp

2. By Minibus
• Public minibus from Wadi Musa (Petra) to Ma’an is 0 .55 JD and from that point to Aqaba 1 .50 JD (April 2012).
• The primary route from Wadi Musa to Aqaba is expensive for tourists.
• The same is valid for the path from Amman to Wadi Musa.
• With the stop by in Ma’an you ought to be able to pay the regular price for the public minibus.
• Public minibuses also leave without timetable( once they fill up ) until midday, from Aqaba bus station in King Talal Street( beside the Police Station )for Wadi Musa( 5JD ) as well as the opposite.
• From that point get a taxi that will charge you about 1-2JD to go to the visitor centre.
• The reverse is possible once you complete your visit.
• Taxis can be found in the entry of the site all of which will take you back to the Wadi Musa bus station.
• You should not count on afternoon departures therefore it is best to start the tour as early as you can.
• This path is costly because of tourists.
• The minibus from Wadi Rum will cost you 5 JD.
• It will take 1 .5 hrs to reach Petra.
• Have the Rum Guesthouse or perhaps the tour operator to call the bus proprietor the day before to plan a precise time for pick up.
• The bus generally departs from Wadi Rum at 8:30 each morning, however may be delayed because of weather or tour groups heading the other way.
• There are minibuses from Amman leaving from the Wihdat bus station (cab drivers may also know it as the South Bus Station) – most of these leave when filled, and visitors are priced 5 JD to proceed.
• You should not permit the drivers to ask you for money for your luggage, since they might occasionally try to do.
• Taxi drivers at the bus station may also attempt to inform you the minibuses are cancelled so that you will hire them to commute you to Petra – simply neglect them and locate the mini-bus.
• The trip is about 3 hours.
• You can find a regular bus to Wadi Musa from Madaba that trips by the scenic (however slow) King’s Highway.
• This minibus departs from outside the Mariam Hotel in Madaba .
• You can find a minibus heading from Aqaba, for people who cross from Eilat and don’t wish to spend the outrageous taxi fare.
• The trouble is, there’s absolutely no timetable – it departs early in the morning (6:45) from Wadi Musa to Aqaba, after that returns from Aqaba once it fills up etc.
• The journey was 5 JD (Dec 2011).

3. By taxi
• Taxi can be a viable choice.
• For 75 JD or much less (based on how much you haggle) you might be ready to take a private taxi to Petra from Amman and vice versa, which includes the driver waiting around for six hours.
• In December 2012, we pay 60 JD from Petra to Amman.
• Standard rate is considered to be 70JD.
• A taxi from Aqaba to Petra can cost approximately JD 30 one-way.
• Bargain the price with driver that includes a confirmation to go directly to the Petra visitor centre.
• You may pay up to 27JD for the journey (December 2012).
• When you get there, renting a minibus with a driver in the hotel at the Dead Sea is a better option, the one-way price could be 140 JD.
Phone numbers for taxi operators:
Jafer K. Mashaleh Petra, Jordan – +962 777 66 78 40

Some Travel Books about Jordan

Jordan (Insight Guide Jordan) Jordan Travel Pack, 3rd The Rough Guide to Jordan

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