Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
88Trip End Sep 26, 2010
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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
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
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!