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We awoke the next morning around 5:45am and had an early breakfast. Then the owner of the hotel actually gave us a ride down to the gates. After sucking it up and paying the 21 Dinar (30 dollar) entrance fee we took off to the visitor center for a map. They only had one in Italian, but it would have to do. We spent the next 7 hours of the day walking, climbing, and riding donkeys to the numerous sites around. Petra is absolutely beautiful, and incredibly large. The views from the tops of the mountain were breathtaking, and made the climb completely worthwhile.
In the morning when we went though it was great. It was nice, quiet, and almost nobody was there. But in the afternoon that changed, with thousanods of people wandering around. It was like being at a Jordanian Disneyland, but without any rides. So when you go, be sure to show up at 7am when the gates open. Not only is it less crowded, but the weather is much better for hiking. Also, if you have time, spread it out over 2 days. It's possible to do in 1, but you will be tired and sore for the days to follow.