The incredible rock hewn city of Petra

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.

 

Walking down to the start of the Siq
Walking down to the start of the Siq

 

Looking through the Siq
Looking through the Siq

 

At the end we were rewarded with a glimpse of the impressive treasury, which our path then took us past.

 

The amazing treasury
The amazing treasury

 

Next we walked down the site, past tombs and a stadium, to have a picnic lunch in a beautifully coloured cave.

 

Strolling past carvings
Strolling past carvings

 

The stadium
The stadium

 

 

Reubs in a cave
Reubs in a cave

 

Our lunch cave
Our lunch cave

 

Looking out towards the stadium
Looking out towards the stadium

 

After lunch we explored temples before hiking an hour uphill to the monastery, which was very impressive (we could even go into this one).

 

 

Exploring temples
Exploring temples

 

Walking down towards the monastery
Walking down towards the monastery

 

Another temple
Another temple

 

Walking past coloured rocks on the way up
Walking past coloured rocks on the way up

 

 

The monastery
The monastery

 

Reubs in the monastery doorway
Reubs in the monastery doorway

 

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!

 

Tombs in the twilight
Tombs in the twilight

 

Tombs
Tombs

 

Some of the last tourists in there
Some of the last tourists in there

 

 

A last look back through to the Treasury
A last look back through to the Treasury

 

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.

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