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.

Top Hotels Close to al-Siq

Petra Aretas Hotel
Petra Aretas Hotel
2 out of 5
Tourism St., Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $77 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Wadi Musa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Petra and Petra Visitor Center are ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (59 reviews)
"Very kind and friendly staff, very helpful"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

Movenpick Resort Petra
Movenpick Resort Petra
5 out of 5
Wadi Mousa, Po Box 214, Petra, Wadi Musa, 718101
The price is $346 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Wadi Musa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (818 reviews)
"This is a beautiful hotel with comfortable rooms right opposite the Petra Visitor Center. We had a delicious meal on the hotel rooftop. The staff were friendly and attentive. The hotel is also not far from the Cave Bar which is a must. We went for a pre dinner drink."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

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 $224 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Wadi Musa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (287 reviews)
"We absolutely loved our stay here, the hotel is clean big and is located right at the entrance of Petra. The hotel is quiet, and it has great view of the wadi musa town!! The staff was so helpful and the food tasted delicious!!!! I will definitely stay here again"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2022

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Petra Cabin Hostel
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1 out of 5
Tourism Street Behind Moevenpick Resort, Wadi Musa, 71810
Movenpick Resort Petra
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Petra Aretas Hotel
Petra Aretas Hotel
2 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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Edom Hotel
3 out of 5
Historical Area, Tourism Street, Petra, Wadi Musa, 71810
Shaqilath Hotel
Shaqilath Hotel
3 out of 5
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the rendezvous hotel petra
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Nomads Hotel Petra
Nomads Hotel Petra
3 out of 5
Wadi Musa - Touristic Stree, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate, 71882
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