Petra

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Explore an amazing sandstone canyon and marvel at the towering façades and tombs of this long-lost Jordanian city, one of the “New” Seven Wonders of the World.

Petra is the mysterious long-lost capital of the Nabatean Kingdom, once a major trading hub in the Middle East. Impressive for its tombs, churches and theaters carved out of its steep canyon walls, the archeological site obtained UNESCO World Heritage status in 1985.

With many details lost in the mists of time, it is now commonly assumed that Petra dates from around 4th century B.C. Appreciate its mysterious appeal as you wander through the narrow, natural passageway named “The Siq.” This ancient entrance is a long chasm in the rock that opens up to reveal The Treasury, the most famous of all the sights in Petra. The overall effect is like a curtain being lifted for a spectacular show, especially during the Petra By Night tour with candles.

Take your time to study the details of The Treasury, carved out of the solid sandstone canyon wall. Standing 128 feet (39 meters) high and 83 feet (25 meters) wide, this rock face building is nothing less than impressive, especially since it is over 2,000 years old.

As the canyon widens, the sight of the Nabatean tombs in the Street of Façades is another marvel. Soon, the curved expanse of The Theaterappears. Imagine the labor involved in creating this vast amphitheater, designed to hold 4,000 people.

As you progress through the canyon, more and more amazing structures appear. Royal tombs display weathered, detailed ornaments and The Great Temple hugs the hillside. Towards the end, there is one more ancient masterpiece carved out of a conical mountain peak: The Monastery. After climbing the huge stone staircase, enjoy the magnificent views.

Petra is next to the town of Wadi Musa. The archeological complex is open daily and entry fees apply. The on-site Petra Visitor Center has an informative museum, included in the ticket price. Guided tours, horse-and-carriage trips and donkey or camel rides cost extra.

Top Hotels Close to Petra

Shaqilath Hotel
Shaqilath Hotel
3 out of 5
Wadi Musa, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate, 71810
The price is $67 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 5
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Wadi Musa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (135 reviews)
"Great hotel within walking distance of Petra Visitors Centers. Currently undergoing renovation that should be completed soon. The service is great and the staff is very accommodating. Would stay again..."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Petra Aretas Hotel
Petra Aretas Hotel
2 out of 5
Tourism St., Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
The price is $77 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8
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! (60 reviews)
"Very nice small hotel. Excellent and friendly service. They sat on the front porch with us and other travelers and we had a great time visiting. The owners mother fixed a great Jordanian dinner just for us and it was great. They had a breakfast that was extensive and good. They gave us a ride to ..."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Movenpick Resort Petra
Movenpick Resort Petra
5 out of 5
Wadi Mousa, Po Box 214, Petra, Wadi Musa, 718101
The price is $357 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 9
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

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Shaqilath Hotel
Shaqilath Hotel
3 out of 5
Wadi Musa, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate, 71810
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2 out of 5
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Movenpick Resort Petra
5 out of 5
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Tourism Stret, Petra, Wadi Musa, 71810
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Petra view hostel
2 out of 5
Edge of Umm Sayhoun Village, Wadi Musa, 71810
Nomads Hotel Petra
Nomads Hotel Petra
3 out of 5
Wadi Musa - Touristic Stree, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate, 71882
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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, 71810
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