Amman, the country's capital, is situated 120 miles (193 kilometers) north of Petra.
When it comes to getting the best out of your holiday, it's worth remembering that Petra is just the beginning; Jordan has been blessed with an abundance of natural and man-made attractions. You'll also find Wadi Rum, 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the north, and Aqaba 60 miles (97 kilometers) to the northeast.
Feed your mind by spending a few hours at Jordan's wonderful history museums.
There are many ways for thrill seekers to get active in the wide open spaces in and around Petra. Hiking and horse riding are just two popular ways thrill seekers here can get their kicks.
Trying out the food eaten in a region is usually so much more than mere sustenance. It is a glimpse into the regional character. Chicken as well as lamb are commonly used in local dishes here. Maqluba (meat, rice and fried vegetables) and falafel sandwiches are just two local choices guaranteed to imbue visitors' palates with the true flavours of Jordan. Harissa (honey, semolina cake) is a good way to finish your Jordan food experience. Have a taste of one of the most common beverages in the region, namely shaneeneh (aged goat milk yoghurt).
The nearest major airport, King Hussein International Airport, is located in Aqaba, 55 miles (89 kilometers) to the southwest of Petra, so take that into account when planning your trip.