Wadi Muthlin Petra Reviews
A wonderful alternative way into Petra Apr 25, 2007
If you go to Petra for a day there is only one way to enter the city, and that is via the Siq. Period. However, if you have more than one day to spend then the Wadi Muthlim entrance makes for a really worthwhile and adventurous alternative!
The walk starts along a dry riverbed, leading into a 2000 year old 88 metre long tunnel.
The walk then continues into Wadi Muthlim, getting narrower and narrower as you go. You may have to climb some boulders here and there, which can be difficult or fun, depending how you look at it.
Wadi Muthlim ends in the Wadi Mataha, also known as Sidd Maj'an. This is an even more narrow siq, created by water flows, and is just awesome. A narrow gorge snaking through stunningly coloured rock. And with each twist and turn the gorge becomes more beautiful and more narrow, up to the point where you have to climb through a section less than half a metre wide. This gorge is so narrow no direct sunlight ever reaches in.
This walk should only be attempted in the dry season, and even then the weather forecast needs to be checked for rain as the gorge can flood in minutes.
Also it is unwise to attempt this walk alone due to the remoteness of the place in case something happens. Only a handful of people pass through Wadi Muthlim per day.
Because of its remoteness and uniqueness the Wadi Muthlim walk may well be the highlight of your trip to Petra. Highly recommended
Part of the Middle East 2007 travel blog
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