The Wonders of Wadi Farasa

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Blue lizard we hiked past along Al Madras

After breakfast at our camp, Mark and I met Ra’ed at the Petra gate Tuesday morning for day two of Petra.  Today we ventured off the pathway down to the Siq and circled around by Al Madras.  This is about a two hour trek that is not terribly scenic, but does have its attractions.  Although the landscape is harsh, there are Bedouin huts and the residents were out tended their flocks of goats.  Most of the time we simply exchanged greetings, but one Bedouin was playing a flute that leant an eerie backdrop.

 

Our obscure entrance (we didn’t see a single other tourist on the trail) led to being greeted by a big white butt when we got back to Petra and approached the High Place of Sacrifice.  A lady was crouching behind some bushes which concealed her from others at the same elevation, but not from those of us several hundred feet higher!  The High Place of Sacrifice is an altar where animal sacrifices were made to the Nabatean gods.

Hiking towards the High Place of Sacrifice...the long way!
  It is a beautiful spot that really does sit way up high - and looks pretty much straight down.  The perch offers good views into Petra and is another high volume destination here:  the usual access is via some carved steps which begin behind the Theater.

 

From here we started back down into Petra through what became one of my favorite parts of this site --- Wadi Farasa.  Wadi Farasa is a gorgeous valley that descends steeply along carved steps.  Of course the sides of the canyon are replete with more facades, and you slowly near the splendid Roman Soldier Tomb at the bottom of the wadi.  There is also a substantial Roman cistern constructed by this tomb, and though much of it has been reduced to rubble the scale is impressive.

 

Even if you don’t come to Wadi Farasa by the long route through Al Madras, definitely devote some time to exploring this magnificent spot!

 

From the bottom of the wadi it is still a little bit of a hike back to City Center.

Hmmmm, now it's getting interesting.
  Along the way is a spot where you literally walk over a field of broken pottery shards.  Ra’ed told us that this was Petra’s ‘garbage dump’, but I was amazed they steer people to trample over something so ancient.  We made it back to City Center and ate lunch at the same buffet joint as yesterday.  We wandered about a bit after lunch and then back out through the Siq to get to the Petra Moon offices before their office closed.

 

Another failure to communicate mandated this visit.  We needed to know where to go to get our horses for the ride to Jebel Haroun the next morning and get the tickets we had paid for to get in to the Petra by Night show Wednesday evening.  As it turns out we spoke with Ramzi, who was the guy I had e-mailed with to set up our Petra tours and he would accompany us on horseback the next morning.

Finally back to panoramas of ancient civilization!
  We were also given our tickets for tomorrow night’s show, so business was wrapped up expediently.

 

Said goodbyes to Ra’ed and thanked him for his guidance and information.  I highly recommend a guide service because there are so many hidden gems in Petra and so much history to absorb.  Without Ra’ed we would have missed so much!

 

Back at camp we relaxed and played cards since we couldn’t converse with our French compatriots.  Tomorrow was gonna be a big day so turning in early was a good deal.


I bid Mark a good night, sleep tight, don't let the Bedouins bite!


WaltJake says:
HAHA! Don't let the Bedouins bite! very punny!
Posted on: Jan 15, 2008
nush675 says:
The journal has been sprinkled with good word play - like the latest "don't let the bedouins bite". Listening to a bedouin play the flute against this backdrop must have increased the charm of the place a thousandfold! I am sure it created imagery of how it must have been "half as old as time" ago.
Posted on: Dec 10, 2007
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