Petra

 

Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in southwestern Jordan.

For centuries it was the meeting point of the main routes used by camel caravans transporting spices between the Mediterranean and the Near East, Africa and India.

Today is best known for its unique archeological ruins that are half-built and half-carved into the local rock and fuse ancient Eastern traditions with Hellenistic architecture. The surrounding mountains are riddled with passages and gorges, adding to the exotic allure.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
 

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P Quattro Relax Hotel

Offering a seasonal outdoor pool and views of the mountain, P Quattro Relax Hotel is set in Wadi Musa. The hotel has a hot tub and sauna, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$42

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Edom Hotel

Only 200 metres from the entrance to Petra, Edom Hotel offers a rooftop terrace overlooking the Bedouin village of Wadi Musa. It features a traditional hammam and massage facilities. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$38 - $85

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Peace Way Hotel

The Peace Way Hotel is located in the centre of Wadi Musa, and is a one minute walk from the main market, and 900 metres from the main gate to Petra. Guests can enjoy free WiFi throughout the property. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$17

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Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp

Nestled under the rocks of Little Petra, the Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp is situated in the desert, a 15-minute drive from Wadi Musa. It has a restaurant and offers tent accommodations. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35 - $56

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La Maison Hotel

La Maison Hotel is uniquely located in Wadi Musa, a 5-minute walk from the Jordanian world wonder, the Red Rose City of Petra. Hotel La Maison offers air-conditioned guest rooms with satellite TVs. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35 - $155

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Candles Hotel

Candles Hotel

Located 300 meters from the entrance to Petra, Candles Hotel is situated in Wadi Musa, a restored historical Bedouin city. It features a traditional restaurant with views across the desert. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$25 - $141

$25-
Al Anbat Hotel & Restaurant

Al Anbat Hotel & Restaurant

Located on the main street in Wadi Musa, this hotel is just 3 km from Petra. Leisure options include an outdoor pool, hammam and hot tub. The air-conditioned rooms come with private bathrooms equipped with toiletries and hairdryers. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$27 - $85

$27-
Tetra Tree Hotel

Tetra Tree Hotel

Tetra Tree Hotel is located in Wadi Musa’s city centre, just a 5-minute drive from the main gate of Petra. It offers a landscaped garden, an outdoor and indoor pool. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$28

$28-
Venus Hotel

Venus Hotel

Venus Hotel is located just a 2-minute walk from the entrance to the ancient city of Petra. It offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and panoramic views over the Petra Mountains. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and minibars. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30 - $63

$30-
Rocky Mountain Hotel

Rocky Mountain Hotel

Close to the centre of Wadi Musa, the Rocky Mountain Hotel is a small family run budget hotel which features free WiFi in the public areas, a rooftop terrace with spectacular views of the Petra Mountains. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$32 - $79

$32-
My Home Petra

My Home Petra

Featuring free WiFi, My Home Petra offers pet-friendly accommodation in Wadi Musa. Free private parking is available on site. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$32

$32-
Bedayah Bed and Breakfast

Bedayah Bed and Breakfast

Set in Wadi Musa, 3 km from Petra Visitors Centre, Bedayah Bed and Breakfast features a sun terrace and a panoramic view of the Petra mountains. Rooms include a shared bathroom. There is a shared lounge at the property. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
Petra Sella Hotel

Petra Sella Hotel

Located near the entrance of Petra, Petra Sella Hotel is just 5 minutes' walk to the city center. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi in all areas of the hotel. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34 - $134

$34-
La Maison Hotel

La Maison Hotel

La Maison Hotel is uniquely located in Wadi Musa, a 5-minute walk from the Jordanian world wonder, the Red Rose City of Petra. Hotel La Maison offers air-conditioned guest rooms with satellite TVs. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35 - $155

$35-
Al Rashid Hotel

Al Rashid Hotel

Located in the heart of the city, Al Rashid Hotel offers free Wi-Fi and serves a variety of international cuisines. Wadi Mousa’s shopping venues, restaurants and cafés are a short walk away. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35 - $54

$35-
Esperanza Petra

Esperanza Petra

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Esperanza Petra offers pet-friendly accommodation in Wadi Musa, 500 metres from Petra. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels, as well as a laptop are provided. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35

$35-
Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp

Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp

Nestled under the rocks of Little Petra, the Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp is situated in the desert, a 15-minute drive from Wadi Musa. It has a restaurant and offers tent accommodations. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35 - $56

$35-

Highlighted Interests:

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Combination
Archeological Sites
Petra is an archaeological park, with a considerable amount to see.

The entrance to Petra is a long, winding sandstone canyon known as the Siq (about 2km). There are minor carvings spotted here and there throughout the Siq, but the most impressive sights are the colorful and unusual sandstone patterns in the rock walls. There are also remains of terracotta pipes built into the sides of the canyon that were used in Roman times to carry water.

Upon exiting the Siq, visitors can view the grandeur of the Treasury (al-Khazneh in Arabic). Be sure to note the urn atop the Treasury structure. It has been rumored that the urn contained a Pharaoh's hidden treasure, and the urn bears the bullet pock marks where Bedouin travellers throughout the years have tested the theory.

Past the next bend is the outer Siq or Street of Facades, a large canyon lined with the facades of various tombs.

At the end of the Street of Facades is the 7000-seat Roman Theater. The theater was created by the Nabateans but later enlarged by the Romans. It is still used for occasional performances.

On the side of the valley opposite the Roman Theater and a short walk up the hill, are the Royal Tombs. The name was given because they are quite grand in scale compared to the others in the area, but it is unclear for whom the tombs were originally constructed.

The Monastery (ad-Deir), the largest carved monument in Petra, dates back to the 1st century AD. The interior, like that of the Treasury, is small in comparison to the facade.
Natural
Hiking and Trekking
There are a number of popular hikes around Petra, most of which can be done in 2-3 hours. Among the most popular are:

The High Place of Sacrifice is at the top of the mountain and contains elaborate rock altars used for sacrifices. From the High Place, one can view much of Petra from above. It can get cold and windy up there. The trek down the back side of the mountain reveals many interesting tombs and carvings that might be missed by the average tourist. The round trip generally takes 1.5-2.5 hours. Not many people go through the back route as it's not always clear where it starts - ask.

The Mountain of Aaron (Jabal Haroun) is the highest peak in the area. At the top you will find a small church and the tomb of Aaron, brother of Moses. The route to the top and back will take you past the Monastery and will take 4-8 hours depending on your chosen path.

Little Petra and the bordering deserts of Wadi Rum and Wadi Araba can be visited by hiring local Bedouin guide. These include single and multi-day treks by foot, 4WD, horse or camel. Sleeping under the stars in a Bedouin camp and eating a Bedouin-style meal is part of the experience.
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Natural
Lowland Mountains
Deserts

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