Petra, Jordan 8th Wonder of the World?
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I have been travelling around the
Research showed that I could take either a bus or a taxi and that the bus was much cheaper. I opted for a bus as it would give me an opportunity to meet people and have a chat. I planned to do
I had to turn up at 6am to depart at 6.30am and as such it was an early start from the hotel. I stocked up on sandwiches and water and arranged for a taxi to pick me up at 5.30am to get me there on time…it worked perfectly and at 6.30 I was sat on the very comfortable JETT bus on my way to
We stopped on the way at a café where I had wonderful Turkish coffee (sweet for preference) and used the bathroom. Then it was back on the bus and off.
The flat desert road eventually gave way to smooth mountains, we passed through numerous towns and villages. The scenery became much more mountainous and we arrived in the chaotic town of
The JETT bus stops at the main parking area for the
You gain entry by walking past a selection of traders selling souvenirs �" they are friendly and not very pushy so I determined that I would stop there on the way back for my needs..no sense in walking all the way carrying them.
There is a visitors centre and the ticket for one day was 21 JD �" there are discounts for longer tickets.
The Siq is a huge and long gorge, formed in part by a massive earthquake and then by water erosion. It is spectacular. Carriages can be hired to take one through and many took this up…the gorge was often filled with the rattle of these carriages speeding through. By itself The Siq is worth visiting but all the way through it the expectation keeps on rising until suddenly you get your first view of The Treasury �" peeking through the gap..the soundtrack of Raiders of the Lost Ark is running in your head as you emerge in front of what is, for me, the most spectacular sight I have seen. I have visited the Pyramids and so many temples I can’t recall…this place knocks them all into a cocked hat!
I stood spell bound for some time just looking at the façade in front of me..then I started taking pictures.
Donkeys can be hired as can camels but I did not see many people taking this up. It is better to scramble around and explore. There are so many tombs to look at. I was up and down the rockface all morning �" until I had exhausted myself and had to go and have a cup of Turkish coffee at one of the many vendors around the main complex. As I sat there I started talking to 3 ladies �" all from Scotland, sisters with their elderly mother and all were astonished and had been there for 2 days already and still had not seen everything. It was then that I realised I was not going to see it all…if you just walk past everything without popping in or snooping around the tombs then you probably can do it in one day.
After bidding the lovely Scots farewell I set off further down the valley into the Romanesque temples �" I was drawn in again and had a great time snooping about and even climbing up into a 20 meter high temple �" much of it in disrepair and probably quite dangerous.
I was running out of time and hadn’t made it to the monastery yet…I never did. I found a winding stairway that headed up behind some of the more impressive tombs and climbed it to the top. I was completely shattered when I got to the top but the view was stunning and my admiration for the people who carved it was very high.
You must, simply must, see this staggering place. Never before have I been able to interact so closely in such and astounding place. I heard that it is only 20% excavated at the moment �" if this is true then there is so much more to do I can’t comprehend the task ahead.
On the way back it snowed.
My final thoughts are that for an explorer 3 days would be a good amount of time �" for a sightseer 2 days and 1 day is really only suitable for someone wishing to see, but not feel the site. I AM coming back as my work will bring me to
There is so much to see in Jordan that one does not really know where to begin, Jerash, the Dead Sea and so much else….what a place!
Stout walking shoes
Warm coat in the winter
Lots of energy
PS. I have been very picky on the images I have put in this blog �" I took around 200 and you can see many more of these in my Random Travel Photos Blog in due course.