Petra… Where to start… There is a reason why it is called the 8th wonder of the world, it is beyond beautiful!
After a night in the desert in Wadi Rum, we rushed to our hotel in Wadi Musa for a quick shower and to change clothes. We stayed at La Maison hotel, nothing fancy but comfortable and very close to Petra’s entrance, it did the job as we were only staying one night.
Off to Petra, we got welcomed at the entrance by a horde of horses. Indeed you are given the choice between walking to the hidden city or riding to it. As the queue for the horses was fairly long, we decided to walk there.
As you can see we also made friends on the way!
After a good 30 minutes’ walk, we finally arrived at the Treasury. It is such an impressive sight that you can hear the crowd gasp when standing in front of it. Talking about the crowd, one thing Petra is not lacking is tourists, it is a very busy place and it can get a little annoying at times.
Willing to beat the crowd we decided to take an indirect route around the huge site (seriously, Petra was a huge city!). Climbing above the city was a physical and very sweaty challenge but absolutely worth it just for the views. You will need good hiking boots though as health and safety in Jordan are slightly different to Europe and stairs and guardrails are optional.
We got lost in time, walking in and out of the cave houses, wandering around what was once the city centre and farmer market. It was a beautiful day and I am so happy to have been there, it worth every drop of sweat.
Heading back to town we grabbed dinner at a small place next to our hotel and went to bed exhausted and slightly sunburned.
The last stretch of our trip took us to the Dead Sea. We based ourselves at the Marriott for the last 3 nights. Most of our time there was dedicated to floating, covering our bodies with mud and relaxing.
We also went for a hike in Mujib Nature Reserve which I would highly recommend. The scenery is breathtaking, and you are being kept cool by the river you are walking/swimming through.
Here you go, seven days of Jordanian adventures, with the right amount of downtime for good measure. We headed back to the gloomy London October weather, the head full of sunshine and feeling a little like Indiana Jones…