Petra

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The Treasury
Wow...all the pictures that you see on the web will not prepare you for Petra. It's amazing and a place where you can really let your imagination run wild. Having just become one of the new wonders of the world, the already crowded Petra will likely be even busier...but that's just the way it is as it really is worth the visit.

Petra was a trading city founded by Nabateans, who flourished due to the old trade routes. They became extremely rich and created the city as their cultural center. As trading patterns changed the city eventually fell to disrepair and was eventually abandoned. Apparently the city was literally lost until stumbled upon by an explorer.

You start out with a 10-15 minute trek to the crevice that leads into Petra.
Treasury up close
One warning, the horse ride that many of the packages include only takes you up to the opening. If you want to ride all the way into Petra or up the mountains, you'll have to separately rent camels or donkeys. Careful with the guys renting horses at the beginning though, some of them may try to rip you off or ask for tips, but it's generally the exception. Don't stand for it.

If you want to see Petra at a leisurely pace, then you will definitely not be able to see all the best sites in one day. The hikes range from easy to moderately difficult, and are well worth the effort. Don't rent the donkeys! First off, it's a royal pain in the ass for others who are hiking. Secondly, it's apparently heavily degrading the steps. And third, the donkeys are like as big as me, and I just feel too damn sorry to be riding on one.
my new best friend
..feel like I should be piggy-backing them. I've really become fond of donkeys on this trip though, great animals who really just work so hard and get the heck beat out of them.

Among the places to see are definintely the Treasury, but then again you can't miss it as it is the first structure you see coming out of the canyon and the subject of the ubiquitous and standard Petra shots. But it's striking. Beyond the Treasury, you have a number of choices. I went up to the Monastery, which is a 20 minute hike up mountain, and can be tiring especially on hot days. But it's a relatively nice hike with great views at certain stops, and the Monastery is without a doubt worth the trek. The size of the structure is just daunting. Bedouin musicians sometimes hang out in the cave across from the Monastery, and it was very relaxing having a drink, soaking in the atmosphere with some wonderful local music as a soundtrack. I only wish I had more time to explore all the different locations, but it was definitely amazing.
clwindom says:
I want to go there SO bad!! It looks truly amazing. You're very lucky.
Posted on: Oct 25, 2007
vances says:
So, the donkeys where a "royal pain in the ass" ...roflmao (literally, perhaps)!
Posted on: Sep 24, 2007
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The Treasury
The Treasury
Treasury up close
Treasury up close
my new best friend
my new best friend
The Monastery
The Monastery
a relative view
a relative view
Petra
photo by: vances