Rock City!

Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
Trip End Sep 26, 2010

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Say it in your best Sean Connery voice. Rock City. Rock City. Good stuff.

After a 3 hour transfer from Amman, we arrive in Wadi Musa. Wadi Musa is the town built beside Petra, one of the 7 wonders. Petra is the reason I am here.

By 11am, I am walking in the entrance to this ancient rock city. Down the pathway beside the horses and donkeys giving tourists rides further into the site. Soon, I start seeing formations in the rock and I am soon at the entrance of "The Siq" This is a huge, thin gorge that runs deep through the rocks for 2km before I suddenly turn one last corner and I am staring up at the Treasury. This is the most famous site in Petra. If you have ever seen pictures of Petra, this is most likely the building you have seen. It is massive and hugely impressive in person. It is carved into the rock wall with such intricate detail: it is quite amazing to behold. Lots of photos, then on to the amphitheatre and down to the Great Temple. Alex and I make quick work of the main trail which is 4km long in total. We then head off to the Monastery which is a pretty big and intense hike. We race up the trail in about 20 minutes. Finally after we make it to the top, panting and thirsty, we reward ourselves with some water and lunch. They have nice cushioned seats and a snacks shop set up with the Monastery right in the background. The Monastery is also huge and extremely impressive. It is quite similar to the Treasury, but the Monastery is wide whereas the Treasury is narrower but taller. After fueling up, we hit the trail again for another 5 minutes to get to the best view point in Petra. Great view out over the desert and then we turn around and look back down on the Monastery. So awesome. We take some hilarious air jumping pictures and get some fight scene pictures with the Monastery in the background. Epic. To be uploaded soon!

All of this sounded like a quick adventure for two relatively athletic and fit guys but it took us nearly 5 hours to complete all of this. We did have a lot of water and photo stops though! We head back down to the main trail and decide to do one more big hike. We go up a different mountain to the sacrifice altar for a great view. It was very cool hanging out up here too. Once we made it and got the obligatory photos we just sat up there for a while until we had to go back down and catch our bus back to our hotel at 7. The evening was nice as well. I was exhausted from 8 hours of solid hiking in Petra but after dinner I befriended a few locals and sat with them for an hour. They showed me how they make sand bottles and brought me Bedouin tea while we chatted. Great night! The Bedouin tea was sweet and delicious and I even slept well after a few cups of it.

The next morning, Alex and I woke up very early so we could get a little more hiking around Petra in. We got to the gates as the site opened up and basically ran the 3km to the Royal Tombs. Checked those out then found a hike up around the back of the mountain so we could look down on to the Treasury from above. We made it up to the top in good time, 45 minutes after we had entered Petra, but we didn't have much more time before our hotel check out. We looked around up top the mountains but we couldn't find the viewpoint. Ahh well. You win some, you lose some. It was still a great hike and it wasn't as if we missed the Treasury as we passed it again on the way back out of Petra.

That was it for my time in Petra, we got cleaned up at the hotel then sorted out bags for our overnight in Wadi Rum. What an amazing place!

Say it again: Rock City!
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