Petra Moon Guide Service Reviews
Petra Guide Services Oct 15, 2007
Overall we enjoyed a positive experience with Petra Moon, though there were a few bumps.
The primary motivation of engaging a guide service was allowing them to accommodate time consuming details which would have robbed our time to explore Petra, in addition to providing a resource to unearth the many nooks and crannies of this fascinating destination (which we feared missing with our lack of expertise). On both accounts, Petra Moon delivered wonderfully – for two days our guide, Ra’ed, walked us about the site, pointing out an incredible amount of detail in fluent English. Beyond being informative, we simply enjoyed Ra’ed’s company as he was a fun fellow.
The only complaint about Ra’ed is that he wasn’t as inclined to hike as much as we would have liked. Petra Moon worked with me to create a custom tour through series of e-mails, and as we were camping at the Amareen Bedouin Camp outside of Little Petra, the agenda we had worked out beforehand included hiking from Amareen to the main site through Petra’s “back door”. We initially stopped at Petra Moon’s offices, conveniently located quite near the main gate into Petra, where we were introduced to Ra’ed, who quickly dissuaded us from making the jaunt. Later that day he was also reluctant to venture to the Monastery, though he did accompany us when we refused to forfeit the trek.
In addition, Ra’ed led us on a pleasant hike the following day which we never would have known existed, and in fact we didn’t see a single other tourist from the time we veered off the Siq track until we reached the High Place of Sacrifice several hours later. Wasn't that he refused, just needed a little prodding...
Another advantage Petra Moon possessed (at least five years ago) was that they were but one of two operators permitted to ride horses through Petra. You will see horse carts zooming up and down the track to the Treasury, but only donkeys and camels go beyond that point. On our third day we rode horses right through Petra up to Jebel Haroun, accompanied by Ramzi, the Petra Moon associate whom I had corresponded to create the itinerary. While the entire horse trek was a bit arduous for the sights, I continue to relish the memory of riding past the Treasury on horseback.
Petra Moon brings a lot of valuable bits to the table, but just be wary of the prices. We also had them book a guide for a tour in Wadi Mujib which they overcharged for (we knew the true rate because Royal Society for Conservation of Nature rates are public). That said, I really believe the prices for three days of exploring Petra were fair.
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