In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, only the penitent man could pass into Petra. But that’s not true in real life. In fact, the city known as ‘half as old as time’ is Jordan’s top visitor attraction. On this trip, you’ll follow the well-worn tourist trail around this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll see temples, tombs, theatres and stairways that were carved out of the rock face almost 2,000 years ago. Then, you’ll get to see a part of Petra that most visitors don’t get to see. The monastery has remained on the whole incognito, because it takes almost an hour to climb 800 steps to reach it. And, even if the height of this place doesn’t dizzy you, its vital statistics will. It’s 50 metres tall by 45 metres wide, and even its front door is multi-storey-tall. The flat plaza that’s been carved out of the rock in front of the building was once used for religious ceremonies. Before you contemplate the trek back down to on-the-radar Petra, you’ll have time for a drink in the cave café, opposite the monastery.
This is a great tour if you’ve been to Petra before and want to see a little bit more. Due to the amount of walking, steps and uneven ground, this tour’s not suitable for wheelchair users or those with walking difficulties. Comfortable footwear is essential. We also recommend you take a bottle of water and a jacket as it may be cold in the mountains.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.