Is this your first time to hear of the place Petra? Well, this is your lucky day; this article is entirely dedicated to guiding a tourist into the insides and outs of this historical city. Here are a few of the essential questions that a tourist should ask why he should take holidays to Petra.
1. Where is Petra?
Petra is an ancient city located in Jordan. Why ancient? Because the well-preserved ruins and structures carved in rose-colored rocks date way back 312 BCE. In fact, one of Jordan’s most visited structures and a landmark in itself is located in Petra.
2. The Best Time to Travel into Petra
Being located in Jordan, except that you’ll experience hot weather. If you’re not keen on being exposed to the sun then visit Petra around September to November when the temperature is relatively low.
In relation to this question, the next thing you may want to determine is the best time of the day to visit the various landmarks of Petra. Most travelers recommend even starting the day as early as the wee hours of the morning like 4:00 am. Why? This is to avoid the extreme heat during the midday as well as the crowd that will surely gather up during the midday visits.
3. Number of Days Needed to Explore Petra
For leisure exploration, you can allot a maximum of 2 days to visit the various tourist attractions of Petra. This is just the standard number of days; it will differ depending on your preference and probably tolerance to heat.
4. Best Means of Transportation Around Petra
Exploring Petra does not require you to rent a four-wheel-drive; in fact, you can only rely on the old basic mode of transportation, camels, and horses, not to mention carts. It will all depend on the places you visit. There are horses, camels, and carts for hire. However, be extra careful in hiring these modes of transportation because some of the owners ask steep tipping prices.
5. Attractions to See
The overall theme for a Petra holiday is a historical exploration of an ancient city. If you’re into Greek and Roman civilization and romantic stone carvings of the ancient kind then Petra is the place for you. One of its most recognizable landmarks is the Siq. In fact, the entrance itself is a sight to behold. Being there is like being transported in the old civilization where temples and pillars are carved from stone. The best time to see the Siq entrance is during nighttime when lighted candles placed on the sand gives a translucent romantic glow of the Siq’s façade.
If you’re fond of hiking, then it’ll be a challenge but an exhilarating experience for you to climb the 800 plus steps of the monastery. In fact, riding a camel is also a fun way to climb the monastery steps. There are also another hiking trail in Petra which you can explore; the places of which introduce you to amazing desert landscapes and even some amazing rock formation.
When traveling into Petra, make sure you visit these places and never forget to hydrate so that you won’t faint under the sun and forget to explore Petra’s amazing places.