Nov 22, 2010
Jan 11, 2011
There's no denying it--Petra is by far the most popular tourist spot in Jordan, and with good reason. We're lucky enough to be visiting it during the low season, but it's still plenty crowded. With only one day to explore, we're unable to see the entire area, but it's still enough time to hit the highlights. After spending several hours as a group being guided down the main drag from the entrance to Qasr-al-bint, we have about two hours on our own to explore independently. I choose to hike the 750 steps to the Monastery, said to be second only to the Treasury in its beauty. No one else is up for making the trek, although one couple does make the ascent on donkeys. The monastery is gorgeous, and fairly unpopulated due to the effort required to get there. I hoof it to make it back to the van by 2:00, after which we take off for Wadi Rum in an attempt to make it there by sundown.