Petra is an ancient city, hewn out of stone in a valley in Jordan. The entrance was about a 20 minute walk from our hotel – we bought 2 day tickets but only actually needed 1 day tickets. After buying tickets, we walked downhill to the beginning of the Siq, a narrow entrance through walls of stone which was the formal entrance to the city. The Siq is about a kilometre long and follows a narrow trail through the rock.
At the end we were rewarded with a glimpse of the impressive treasury, which our path then took us past.
Next we walked down the site, past tombs and a stadium, to have a picnic lunch in a beautifully coloured cave.
After lunch we explored temples before hiking an hour uphill to the monastery, which was very impressive (we could even go into this one).
We took our time at Petra, climbing and exploring, and managed to spend about 8 hours there. This had the benefit of making us some of the last people out – we got some gorgeous views with no one around!
One of the things about Petra we hadn’t realised was just how much walking was involved – it was a huge site, with a lot to see! Petra was really amazing – the colours, the ancient structures and the beauty of the site were incredible.