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Travel – Petra – Jordan – Part 4

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.

Princess Alia Clinic, Brooke Hospital

• Princess Alia Clinic, Brooke Hospital for Animals is situated inside the park’s entry.
• The Brooke charity educates managers regarding the treatment of equestrian working animals and considers the animals to be free.
• The clinic provides you the conditions for working animals in Jordan.
• It is possible to offer a donation to the clinic.
• Wadi Musa that is the city next to Petra doesn’t possess any big touristic attraction.

• For an active person, there are a number of well-liked hikes around Petra.
• To be able to know what in reality Petra is, it is best to spend 2 days here.
• On the 1st day explore: Siq – Treasury – City – Monastery – entry cost as of November 2012 is 50JD.
• On the 2nd day explore: An alternative way to Petra via Wadi Muthlim – observe the Treasury from above on Jebel Al -Khubtha – Great Place of Sacrifice.
• When you enter Petra by means of Wadi Muthlim, do not turn left immediately after the small Siq, initially go right to see Aqueduct, Tunnel and also Al-Wu’eira Fort and then return to Petra center.
• It might not be possible to move through this route as a result of excess water in it.
• It’s not suggested going through this route without a guide.

The High Place of Sacrifice

• It is the place on the top of the mountain and has detailed rock altars employed for sacrifices.
• From the High Place, you can see much of Petra.
• One can view lovely scenery from here.
• It could get cold and windy up here.
• The trek down the rear side of the mountain uncovers a lot of interesting tombs and carvings that could be overlooked by the average tourist.
• The round trip usually takes 1.5-2.5 hours.
• Very few people move through the rear route since it’s not clear at all times as to where it begins.

The Mountain of Aaron (Jabal Haroun)

• This is the highest possible peak in the region.
• At the very top you can find a compact church along with the tomb of Aaron, brother of Moses.
• The path to the top and back would take you past the Monastery and will take 4-8 hrs based on your selected path.
• Most hikes takes approximately 2-3 hrs both ways.

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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