Wadi Musa

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Wadi Musa showing night scenes, heritage architecture and a gorge or canyon
As the stepping stone to the famous Old City of Petra, the “Valley of Moses” has all you need to prepare yourself for one the world’s most wondrous sights.

Wadi Musa sees half a million visitors each year, yet not many people have heard of this Jordanian town. That’s because it merely acts as the gateway to the ancient city of Petra, its world-famous neighbor. Not that the locals mind: they are in the business of catering to the crowds who come to visit this "New" Wonder of the World.

The town is part of the Ma'an Governorate in southern Jordan. The nearest airport, at Aqaba, is an easy taxi ride away. Most shops, cafés, hotels and banks are centered on the Shaheed Roundabout, in the heart of town. You’ll find accommodations, menus in English and tour operators everywhere.

For a hint of what is to come, visit Little Petra in Siq al-Barid, “the Cold Canyon.” This mini version of Petra is a shaded canyon that cools down fast after sundown, so bring a light jacket or sweater if you plan to visit at night.

Spring and autumn are by far the best times of year to visit this region. Rise early to get to Petra before the crowds arrive and the sun gets too hot, or go in the mid afternoon and combine your visit with a magical Petra By Night Show. To reach the show, walk down the “Tourist Strip,” which runs for 3 miles (5 kilometers) from ‘Ain Musa (Moses’ Spring) to the Petra Visitor Center in the lower valley. Along the way, bedouin merchants sell everything from tea to “antiques” and carpets.

Be sure to return to ‘Ain Musa in the east of town. According to the Bible, Moses hit a large rock with a rod, drawing water and restoring the faith of his parched, disheartened Israelites during their Exodus from Egypt. While it’s debatable if this is the actual miracle rock, it’s an interesting feature.

Before you leave Wadi Musa, soak in a Turkish bath to wash off the desert dust and ponder all the history you’ve explored around this ancient capital.

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 $69 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
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! (58 reviews)
"Very kind and friendly staff, very helpful"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 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 $285 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 26
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

Seven Wonders Luxury Camp
Seven Wonders Luxury Camp
3.5 out of 5
Little Petra, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Province
The price is $113 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28
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

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Local Bedouin house with Local Bedouin
Local Bedouin house with Local Bedouin
Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
Stay at this vacation home in Wadi Musa. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and 4 bathrooms. Popular attractions Petra and Byzantine Church are located nearby. Discover ...
Wassaif Camp
Wassaif Camp
1.5 out of 5
Albida Little Petra, Wadi Musa
Stay at this campground in Wadi Musa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Petra and Petra Visitor Center are located nearby. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
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Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

Happy Family Apartment
Happy Family Apartment
Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
Stay at this apartment in Wadi Musa. Enjoy WiFi, 5 bathrooms, and 5 bedrooms. Popular attractions Petra and Moses' Spring are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
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