How to prepare for your trip to Petra

Advice. It’s almost time to go to Petra! In addition to the treasury, its iconic monument, the ancient Nabataean city is guided by numerous kilometers of hiking trails leading to countless tombs and remains. Our practical guide.

Outside the treasury, in front of a famous column carved on a red sandstone hill, Petra hides countless wonders that won’t be enough for a whole week to explore. The ancient city of Nabataean, 7 centuries old, occupies a vast circus hidden by high stone walls. Dark caves, gorgeous tombs or ancient relics mixed era and civilization have spread everywhere.

The Edomites, the Nabataeans, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Bedouins have succeeded each other here, their imprints marking eternity. Between the glorious nature and the mysterious culture, Petra breathes a sigh of wonder. However, long walks of tourists in flood, heat, sand or rocky paths can quickly turn into ordeals. Practical information, essentials and postcard photos, here are some good tips to make your trip to Petra an unforgettable experience.

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When to go to Petra?

Choose spring and autumn to visit Jordan to avoid the effects of cold or heat. Due to Petra’s huge size and countless hiking opportunities, plan at least two days there.

Petra. Ramadan is open from 6am to 6pm in April and May, from 6am to 6:30 pm from June to October, from 7am to 6am from November to April, from 7am to 4pm. Admission: € 63 for one day, € 70 for 2 days and € 75 for 3 days.

To save money, “Jordan Pass”

“Jordan Pass” reduces the cost of inspections. This includes access to 40 tourist sites in Jordan, including visa fees and Petra. To get your entry ticket on the site, you must go to the ticket office with your pass on the first day. It’s better to arrive as soon as it opens, when groups of tourists and street vendors have not yet attacked the premises. Sunday crowds are much lower.

Jordanpass. Tourist pass with visa fee and access to 40 sites. You need to shop online before leaving. Price: 88 সহ with 1 day on Petra, 95 সহ with 2 days and 100 € সহ with 3 days Valid for 15 days after activation when first visiting the site.

Should I take a guide?

The day before your visit, you can book an English-speaking guide service at the Visitor Center. Explanations are given quickly, but let you get acquainted with places and their history.

Accredited guide. Calculate 63 জন্য for main road (2 hours 30 approx.), 126 জন্য for main road and Haut lieu du sacrifice (4 hours approx.) Or main trail and monastery (3 hours 30 approx.).

Petra travel requirements

Petra’s sick. Go to Jordan

Sick and Treasury. The treasury is accessed by a narrow enfield adjacent to a 60 m high sandstone cliff. The one kilometer long fault is punctuated by Nabataean betyles and crossed by rock cut channels which were used for water transport. Its outlet in the treasury, the iconic monument of Petra, is spectacular. The reason for its construction, still unknown today, envelops this influential facade in an unimaginable mystery. Count between 30 minutes and 1 hour on foot from the Visitor Center.

The main path. After the treasury, the Sic spreads towards the natural circus of the ancient city. Monument Nabataean tomb, an amphitheater excavated in the hills, a colonized Roman road, ancient temples lined with sandy paths to Qasr al-Bint, the only Nabataean-era structure that still stands. Count between 30 minutes and 2 hours on foot from the Treasury.

Monastery. The monastery closes more than 800 steps. Petra is one of the largest monuments and one of the most beautiful, every step of climbing the enclosed wharf is worth it though. It is also possible to ride a donkey from Qasr al-Bint (between € 10 and € 20). More accessible hiking trail winds through the hills north of the monastery. It started at the end of the road to Al Beidah, but it was not marked. Calculate between 20 minutes (on donkey) and 1 hour climb from Kasar Al-Bint or 1 hour 30 minutes hiking from Al-Beidah Trail.

High place of sacrifice. The rugged climb at Petra’s Sacrifice site offers spectacular views of the Pink Sandstone Mountains. From above, the city of Nabataean is located at your feet. The cross-crossing road between the cliffs is an alternative to shade and sun. The trail starts behind Qasr al-Bint and takes 40 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes to cover the 2 km climb.

The idol temple. In the face of Sik, after the amphitheater, the great royal tombs overlook Petra’s circus. The temple of the statue, easily recognizable by the jar engraved on its pedestal, predominates over other tombs by its majesty. From the Esplanade, the view of the Red Mountains is simply magical. Allow 15 to 20 minutes and a few steps from the treasury.

Best time to take your picture

Petra’s treasury. Hubert Raguet / Le Figaro Magazine

Seek. Late in the morning the light penetrates deep into the gorge, clearing the shadows and revealing a pink glow. From 11 a.m. to noon, on the way out, the alley is almost deserted and the rocks soften.

Treasure. If your goal is to have no one in the picture, then you must first enter Petra and walk quickly to the treasury. The stone is beige in the morning light. To print its pink hue, you need to arrive between 8:30 and 10 a.m., but this is when the parties parade across the cluster. Local guides will come to you to take pictures from a high veranda for a few euros.

The idol temple. Located in the south, you have to wait till the end of the afternoon (around 4 o’clock) for the sun to shine on its front. On the other hand, between 8 and 10 in the morning, the lights are suitable for taking panoramic pictures of Petra from the veranda of the temple.

Monastery. Facing west, the monastery is never more beautiful than the setting sun. But be careful about the long way back to the visitors’ center. There are two advanced views that can be seen by the Jordanian flag flying above them. They not only offer a preferred angle to the monastery, but also reveal a breathtaking panorama of the mountains. If you ride a donkey, be sure to take a short walk to get some really nice pictures of the Petra Plains.

High place of sacrifice. High, uninterrupted convenience points guarantee you great photos at any time of the day. Arriving there very early in the morning, you will be able to meet only a few and be saved from the torment of the sun.

Well prepared for your hike

Petra is a huge place, with sandy or rocky soils, multiple more or less difficult hiking trails, which require good physical condition. You have to walk mile after mile, often under the scorching sun. A good pair of shoes, sunglasses, a hat or a scarf and sunscreen will be your best accompaniment.

Take a bottle of water and don’t forget to refuel along the way. Inside the site there is a restaurant and a few cafes where you can take a break or have a snack. However, you can ask your hotel to prepare a “lunch box” for your breakfast or lunch. Whatever it is, take the essentials you need to wear during your long hike.

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