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al-Siq

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Wadi Musa showing a gorge or canyon as well as an individual male

Pass through this ancient passage, study the old water pipes and watch the red walls begin to close overhead, before opening to reveal the Treasury.

The Siq is a canyon flanked by colorful stone walls in the heart of the Petra archaeological complex. As one of the highlights of the Middle East, this gorgeous 0.7-mile (1.2-kilometer) valley held a special place in the Nabatean culture. Admire the array of spiritual structures carved into the rocks of this otherworldly canyon.

As they did with much of the surrounding area, the Nabatean people put the rock formation to good use. Carved into the walls are the 2,000-year-old terracotta pipes and holes that once transported water to Petra. Historians think the gorge was also used as a path for spiritual processions. Discover ridges that once held religious relics and figures.

Start at the dam and hike through the tunnel. Spot the remains of a monumental arch that once marked the entrance to the Siq. Confronting you in the valley are the reddish hues of its stone walls, which rise 660 feet (200 meters) tall. Walk through the valley at sunrise or sunset for particularly gorgeous views and photo opportunities.

Note that the width of the canyon varies greatly, narrowing to 7 feet (2 meters) in some places. Arrive at the square tomb at the end and pass through a covered channel to reach the iconic Treasury.

Visit the Siq canyon as part of one of the many guided tours available in the park. Docents will explain some of the history and geology relating to the natural formation, which was created by the opposing forces of tectonic plates. Try to see how the two stone walls match at points where they were once joined.

From the heart of the Petra Archaeological Park, start walking west along the path toward the Siq. You’ll pass the Djinn Blocks and the Obelisk Tomb, among many other landmarks along the way. Continue on the path for the Al-Khazneh, the Urn Tomb and the Renaissance Tomb.

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petra cabin hostel
petra cabin hostel
1 out of 5
Tourism Street Behind Moevenpick Resort, Wadi Musa
The price is $12 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
Situated in Wadi Musa, this hostel is steps from Petra Visitor Center and Petra. Street of Facades and Djinn Blocks are also within 10 minutes.
4.5/5Wonderful! (14 reviews)
"This is the best hostel I have ever stayed at. It is the cleanest hostel, the staff are the warmest and friendliest people, they go above and beyond in every regard. The beds are super comfortable. The layout of the hostel makes it feel so homely. The owners built the hostel themselves and you can ..."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

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Petra Guest House
Petra Guest House
4 out of 5
Wadi Moussa, Petra, Wadi Musa
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $112 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Petra and Petra Visitor Center. Street of Facades and Djinn Blocks are also within ...
4.4/5Excellent! (240 reviews)
"This was simply the perfect hotel for my wife and I. The very closest hotel to the entrance of Petra, easy walking distance to numerous external restaurants, excellent air conditioning, and a friendly and very responsive staff of whom many speak English. And to top it all off, “The Cave,” a bar/restaurant ..."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

Petra Guest House
Petra Marriott Hotel
Petra Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Queen Rania Al Abdallah Street, Wadi Musa
The price is $142 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Petra.
4.2/5Excellent! (326 reviews)
"A gorgeous view- lovely overlook of Petra and the mountains. We especially enjoyed the outdoor dining tent with live entertainment as the sun went down."

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Petra Marriott Hotel
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petra cabin hostel
petra cabin hostel
1 out of 5
Tourism Street Behind Moevenpick Resort, Wadi Musa
The price is $12 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
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Petra Guest House
4 out of 5
Wadi Moussa, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $112 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
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Petra Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Queen Rania Al Abdallah Street, Wadi Musa
The price is $142 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
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Movenpick Resort Petra
5 out of 5
Wadi Mousa, Po Box 214, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $159 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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Petra Venus Hotel
Petra Venus Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Tourism Street, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $49 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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P Quattro Relax Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Wadi Musa City Center, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $78 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
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Crowne Plaza Resort Petra
Crowne Plaza Resort Petra
5 out of 5
Petra, Wadi Musa
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Petra Moon Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Petra Visitor Center Street, Wadi Musa
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Petra Main Gate Appartment
Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
The price is $200 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Petra Main Gate Appartment
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