miércoles, 15 de mayo de 2013

Petra, Jordan


On April 25th we took an early bus from Amman to the city of Petra. It takes about 4 hours.
We were so lucky with the hotel we booked (Valley Stars In) in Wadi Musa, a town just next to Petra. (There are no possibilities to stay in Petra, it's kept in its original state)
Ibrahim, the Manager of the hotel, helped us out a lot and made us feel at home..
All the hotels and guest houses are located in Wadi Musa.

Petra is a historical and archaeological city established in the 3rd century BC, Jordan's main tourist attraction and for us it really is one of the 7 world wonders.
When you cross the Siq, a natural geological feature formed from a deep split in the sandstone rocks and serving as a waterway flowing into Wadi Musa and you get to the "The Treasury", it is truly spectacular. The colours of the rocks are amazing, it's like you are looking at a painting the whole time.

The entry fee is quite expensive, 60 euros per person for 2 days. And you definitely need 2 days, otherwise you won't have the time to see everything. When you start walking, you see many men offering you the chance to go by horse or donkey, and they say this is included in your ticket. They will still expect some money from you if you decide to do it. We decided to walk, first of all because we felt sorry for the animals, then we also prefer to walk (it's not the same otherwise) and later we also saw that in some parts it didn't look safe for the people or the animals to go through (slippery and too high or too steep).

The first day was very warm and quite crowded, and we walked as far as we could. The thing is that the entry is also the exit, so you need to walk the whole way back as well, but it is definitely worth it.
The second day was even better, because it was cooler and there weren't a lot of people and we went to the very end to see other parts we didn't get to see the day before. And some of these surprised us even more, like for example, the monastery that is located at the top of the mountains. The views from there are amazing.

The best moment for us wasn't even all of the above, but the fact that we got into a little storm when we were up there, and luckily, a Bedouin family that had its little shop there, took us in and offered us some tea, music and some friendly conversation until the storm was over. Definitely a great moment to remember...