Bucket List Destinations: The Lost City of Petra

If Jordan is once of your buket list destinations for 2020, chances are so too is the Lost City of Petra

This rose-red wonder is one of the biggest draw cards for travellers exploring this side of the Middle East.

What is Petra?

Imagine a honeycomb of caves, temples and tombs carved from the blushing pink stone walls in Jordan’s desert.

This is the Ancient City of Petra.

Petra was once the thriving capital of the Nabataen Empire between 300 B.C. and 106 A.D.  It survived earthquakes, invasions, floods and quite literally the test of time.

For centuries the city carved from stone remained empty and abandoned. It wasn’t until the early 1800’s that Petra was rediscovered by a Swiss explorer, who shared the city’s incredible secrets with the rest of the world.

Petra now stands amongst the likes of the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal in India as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.

With this title comes hundreds of thousands of travellers every year.  So to avoid the crowds and make the most of your time in the ancient city, we’ve put together a few pointers;

Early Bird Gets The Worm

The best time to visit Petra is in the early hours of the morning or late in the afternoon. You’ll avoid the masses of crowds and beat the scorching midday heat

Dress For The Desert

One big misconception for travellers visiting Petra is the actual size of the city – it’s huge!

The walk from the entry gate to the Monastery at the far end of the city is 8 kilometres returned and over 800 stairs.

Make sure you’re well prepared for the workout with comfortable shoes to walk in.

Get lost in the Lost City after dark

If possible, aim to visit Petra on  Monday, Wednesday or Thursday to catch the city by night.

The incredible site transforms with over 1,500 candles lighting a path to the world famous Treasury.

Petra by Night is a ticketed event and includes a 2-hour light show with musical performances from the local Jordanians. We highly recommend checking it out!

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