Little Petra

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Little Petra featuring a gorge or canyon

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.

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Little Petra Comfortable HomeStay
Little Petra Comfortable HomeStay
1 out of 5
Wadi Musa, Wadi Musa, Jordan
The price is $26 per night from Sep 17 to Sep 17
Situated in Wadi Musa, this hostel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Petra and within 6 mi (10 km) of Petra Visitor Center and Royal Tombs. Great Temple and Byzantine ...
1/5 (1 review)
"Unterkunft existiert nicht mehr. This accommodation does not exist anymore."

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2020

Little Petra Comfortable HomeStay
Seven Wonders Luxury Camp
Seven Wonders Luxury Camp
3.5 out of 5
Little Petra, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Province
The price is $85 per night from Sep 17 to Sep 17
Situated in the mountains, this holiday park is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Petra and 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from Petra Visitor Center.
4.4/5Wonderful! (35 reviews)
"Just Fabulous! With the travel restrictions that are in place, every business is struggling! This place is amazing and I hope you will choose to support this business! The Dinner was 10JD and it was outstanding! Highly suggest you have dinner under the stars. The beds are soft and comfortable."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2021

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Petra Bubble Luxotel
Petra Bubble Luxotel
3.5 out of 5
Little Petra Main Street Maan, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
Fully refundable
The price is $310 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
Situated in a national park, this tentalow is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Petra and within 6 mi (10 km) of Royal Tombs and Great Temple. Byzantine Church and Petra ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (94 reviews)
"We were in our bubble in a fierce rainstorm. It felt safe and adventurous. Staff was very helpful and helped arrange private tours away from the tourist hordes. Ayoub Awamreh was the evening manager and helped us tremendously. Ask for him. Made the stay great."

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Petra Bubble Luxotel
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Little Petra Comfortable HomeStay
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1 out of 5
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