Petra Travel Blog› entry 3 of 9 › view all entries
To avoid the crowds, we left for Petra Visitor Centre at 6am. From our hotel, the entrance to Petra is only about 20min walk. The entrance ticket for single day is JOD 21 per person. The opening time is 8am as officially printed on the ticket and brochure, but we manage to get in at 7am. Yes, it was empty and we manage to take loads of pictures with NO CROWDS behind us. But, this didn't last long as there were also many "early birds" having the same thoughts like us.
We spent our whole day inside the site and enjoyed every bit of our time spent. Petra is truly a wonder and believe me - bring your most comfortable shoes & make sure your camera is optimally charged plus bring spares. We hiked, climbed, walked on stones, fell, sunburnt, panted for breathe & of course, amazed while in Petra.
One of the highlights is hiking up the monastery which will take about 20-30mins (depending on your fitness level & speed). The view from above was beyond words as you can see the canyons, mountains & surely the monastery. It is a smaller replica of treasury but there, you can sip arabic coffee / mint tea while enjoying the fresh air & view. You will find a lot of offers in the site either to ride a camel or donkey up the monastery for those who prefer not to climb on foot. We didn't take any but I heard some offers between JOD2-4 per ride. At the top, you can roam around freely on your own and we were busy searching for the best spot with the best view atop. I personally felt that some locations (esp the corner of the cliffs) were pretty dangerous especially for over enthusiastic photographers & children. Once you lost your grip or slipped - hallelujah....
Do also wait for sunset if you're already in the site. Make a climb to the royal tombs and catch the view from there. It's amazing watching the color scheme change from dull beige to reddish brown. Unfortunately, during my visit, there were some clouds blocking the sun so it was a little bit disappointing.
Your trip to Jordan is definitely undefined if you don't visit Petra. So, I shall leave the rest for you to explore and see.