Three Days in Petra: Day 2
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June 12th, 2009 – by: _heidi_
When you first enter it looks relatively boring but after just under a mile it starts to look like the things you see in guidebooks and movies. It is a long walk through a crack in the rocks (the siq), before you get to the Treasury, as seen in Indiana Jones (III).
when you walk on you should watch out for some steps cut out in the rocks on the left side of the road (just after the toilets), these stairs will lead you to the High Place of Sacrifice, at the top a mountain, not many people chose this road and you will mostly be alone up there. Though the road is hard and will make the road to the Monastery seem like piece of cake, it is worth it as the view is beautiful. On the top an elderly lady played the flute for us and showed us how to sacrifice (no one died), she was also surprisingly strong as she practically pulled us up, a meter or so, over some rocks.
If you get hungry I suggest that you wait until you reach the museum where there is a large restaurant with an buffet (of course).
The museum is free, but also very small. When you get out of the museum, turn right where the young men hang out with their donkeys, then you should be on your way to the Monastery. There is not much to say about the road to the Monastery, but no matter what people say when you are going up and they are going down don't believe what they tell you about how long it is, they are all wrong. When you reach the top, there is a huge open space; the Monastery is on the right, but you should definitely go to the viewpoints, it is just breathtaking (but that might be because I'm scarred of heights ;) ).
General tips (Petra):
* apply sunscreen all the time; it is so incredibly hot, and you sweat even more because of all the walking (I ended up with 2nd degree burns, just a warning).
* do NOT hire a donkey or any other animal to take you to the Monastery or the High Place of Sacrifice; it is cruel, if you can't do it don't force an animal.
* if you wanna relax, hire a horse or a camel to take you from the entrance to the Treasury or from the Treasury to the Museum (it is two straight stretches).
After walking around in Petra for about seven or eight hours we returned to the hotel, had a quick shower and then we got picked up by beduins, who took us out for dinner in the desert. Fried (burned) chicken with fried vegetables; it was better than anything I ever burned, so I was happy :).
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