al-Siq

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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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Edom Hotel
Edom Hotel
3 out of 5
Historical Area, Tourism Street, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $53 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Petra Visitor Center and Petra. Street of Facades and Djinn Blocks are also within 15 ...
3.8/5Good! (171 reviews)
"Spacious and comfortable rooms, and a short walk to the entrance for Petra. Lots of dining options nearby, and the on-site restaurant is decent (although the staff stand at the front and watch you eat, which was unsettling). Rooms are being renovated but some parts still look dated."

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Edom Hotel
Movenpick Resort Petra
Movenpick Resort Petra
5 out of 5
Wadi Mousa, Po Box 214, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $147 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
This family-friendly Wadi Musa resort is located in the historical district, just steps from Petra Visitor Center and Petra. Djinn Blocks and Street of Facades ...
4.3/5Excellent! (772 reviews)
"Location, Swiss efficiency, food all good. Rooms beginning to show signs of wear but overall much enjoyed."

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Movenpick Resort Petra
Petra Guest House
Petra Guest House
4 out of 5
Wadi Moussa, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $149 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Petra Visitor Center and Petra. Street of Facades and Djinn Blocks are also within 15 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (242 reviews)
"Best location, very good hospitality. Besides, "Cave bar" is worth drinking there."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Petra Guest House
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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 Oct 1 to Oct 1
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5 out of 5
Wadi Mousa, Po Box 214, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $147 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
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4 out of 5
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The price is $149 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
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Edom Hotel
Edom Hotel
3 out of 5
Historical Area, Tourism Street, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $53 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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Petra Marriott Hotel
Petra Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Queen Rania Al Abdallah Street, Wadi Musa
The price is $140 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
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Petra Venus Hotel
Petra Venus Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Tourism Street, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $64 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
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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 Sep 27 to Sep 27
Petra Main Gate Appartment
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