Little Petra

Little Petra featuring a gorge or canyon
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Wander down a narrow sandstone gorge and take in the fascinating buildings carved into the rock face of this mini version of the famous historic site of Petra.

Included in the same UNESCO World Heritage listing, Little Petra is a separate, smaller archeological complex that was once a suburb of the larger city of Petra.

As you enter Little Petra you will immediately notice how it got its nickname of Siq al-Barid, meaning “Cold Canyon.” Its angle and steep narrow sides means not much sunlight enters the siq, providing a relatively cool escape from the desert sun.

Built by the Nabateans, Little Petra is believed to date back to the 1st century. This is where the merchants on the Silk Route came to trade their wares with the locals.

Before you enter the first narrow stretch of siq, one of Little Petra’s most impressive façades stands just to your right. Stop and take in the intricate rock carvings as you walk along the canyon. Look up to your left as the siq opens up to see what was possibly a temple. Also situated here are triclinia, or dining halls, where merchants once would once dined. Carefully climb the ancient stairs leading up to several rocky platforms along the way to get an overview.

Farther along you will notice another set of steps leading up to the Painted House. Stand beside the metal grill that protects the opening to look up at the remnants of elaborate paintings. Depicting animals and religious symbology, these detailed murals are something truly special.

Imagine how spring water would have once flowed through the siq, filling the cisterns built into the site. The Nabateans’s ability to control water was a very important aspect of the city’s ability to flourish in the desert. Finish off by climbing the stairs at the end of the siq for a final, dramatic view of the surrounding hills.

Little Petra is located a few miles to the north of Wadi Musa and can be reached on foot, by taxi or on a tour. A rocky hiking trail connects Little Petra to The Monastery on the hill in Petra itself.

Top Hotels Close to Little Petra

Little Petra Bedouin Camp
Little Petra Bedouin Camp
2.5 out of 5
Beida, Little Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $87 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8
Stay at this business-friendly tentalow in Wadi Musa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (74 reviews)
"Best place to stay when visiting Petra. People so kind and helpful. Food is 5 star delicious. Felt safe in secured premesis, and locked “tent”. Hope to return someday—not to see Petra again, but to have the little Petra Bedouin experience again and revisit my new friends! They made my time in Petra ..."

Reviewed on May 22, 2022

Seven Wonders Luxury Camp
Seven Wonders Luxury Camp
3.5 out of 5
Little Petra, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Province
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $113 per night from Oct 14 to Oct 15
Stay at this 3.5-star holiday park in Wadi Musa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (62 reviews)
"I liked the style, staff friendly, dinner should be included since the place is in the middle of no where"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2022

Petra Bubble Luxotel
Petra Bubble Luxotel
3.5 out of 5
Little Petra Main Street Maan, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate, 71810
The price is $284 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly tentalow in Wadi Musa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (107 reviews)
"Excellent service all-around. Really great food and fantastic views. We enjoyed this bubble hotel more than the bubble hotel in Wadi Rum."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

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