Wadi Musa

Travel Guide
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.

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 19 to Sep 19
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

Seven Wonders Luxury Camp
Petra Guest House
Petra Guest House
4 out of 5
Wadi Moussa, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $141 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Petra Visitor Center and Petra. Street of Facades and Djinn Blocks are also within 15 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (242 reviews)
"Best location, very good hospitality. Besides, "Cave bar" is worth drinking there."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Petra Guest House
Petra Marriott Hotel
Petra Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Queen Rania Al Abdallah Street, Wadi Musa
The price is $120 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Petra.
4.2/5Excellent! (326 reviews)
"A gorgeous view- lovely overlook of Petra and the mountains. We especially enjoyed the outdoor dining tent with live entertainment as the sun went down."

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Petra Marriott Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Alhamadeen Houses
Alhamadeen Houses
3.5 out of 5
Petra Street, in front of the Al Hammadin Diwan, Wadi Musa
The price is $12 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Situated in the mountains, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Street of Facades, Petra, and Petra Visitor Center. Djinn Blocks and Obelisk Tomb are also ...
2/5 (1 review)
For Europeans only in emergency...
"Accommodation corresponds to low price. As a group we rented four rooms. Gas heating worked only in one room. There was no hot water in the shared bathroom. Public kitchen could not be used for the mess. Europeans will lack clean bedding. A narrow staircase without railings wants courage. Please ..."

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Alhamadeen Houses
we try to Show you our Traditional Bedouin Life and how we Survive in Petra
we try to Show you our Traditional Bedouin Life and how we Survive in Petra
Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
The price is $47 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
Situated in Wadi Musa, this campground 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 ...
we try to Show you our Traditional Bedouin Life and how we Survive in Petra
Wassaif Camp
Wassaif Camp
1.5 out of 5
Albida Little Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $65 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
Situated in the mountains, this campground is within 1 mi (2 km) of Street of Facades, Petra, and Petra Visitor Center. Djinn Blocks and Obelisk Tomb are also ...
Wassaif Camp
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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