A couple days after seeing the Pyramids we came to Petra and were completely blown away. The walk through the canyon only builds up the excitement and then the Treasury appears immediately in front of you. The Pyramids might have been one of the Seven Wonders of the World but whoever came up with that list did not come here.
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Out of Petra
As we were making out way through the mazed entanglements of towering red rock, still tingling with awe after the magnificent sight of the ancient city of Petra, I happened to turn around just as this horse and carriage were coming around the corner. It was an odd sight as a modern traveler on foot, but for a second made me believe I might have traveled back to ancient times, as traders rode in and out with their wares and their water.
Solomon's friend: first name Jack; last name. . . ?
Towards the end of a five-month solo trip through Europe and the Middle East in 2011, I spent a week in Jordan. I was very curious about Petra, and seeing it was a thrill that I will never forget as long as I live. But the best part of my visit was meeting so many great Jordanians. Of all the places I visited, the Bedouins in Petra and the residents of Amman were some of the most outgoing and welcoming people I encountered anywhere.
I rarely photographed any of the people I met because it usually didn't feel right. But I had a really good chat with a couple of kids sitting on top of a cliff overlooking Petra. One of them, Solomon, had his donkey Jack waiting nearby. Solomon never told me what Jack's last name was. ;)
Fly to Amman, rent a car, buy a map, go explore anywhere you want, uninhibited, get on your plane home, and then tell all your friends freaking amazing your trip was and you haven't even talked about Petra yet.
It isn't just desert, that's for sure. But if you want desert, it's some of the most amazing that you'd ever see.
Do you best to get lost and ask some friendly Bedouin for directions - you'll probably end up eating dinner under a tent in the red-sand desert. While someone near you roast coffee beans in the desert night, you'll be looking at the black sky trying to figure out how that country put more stars in it.
Why it's good as a photographer
You are free to pretty much explore most places that you'd want to explore. It's safe, all locals are helpful, and having a camera out is expected.
Endless things to photograph.
The light is incredible.
Go for Petra, stay for - Wadi Rum, Aqcaba, Dead Sea, Little Petra, Madaba, Jerash, the food.
Sand is an issue. Don't change your lens if you don't have to.
Bring hiking boots, Petra is huge! It's not just the treasury, which is what everyone knows.
Petra is a must see when visiting Jordan. You will spend hours walking through the As-Siq entrance, gazing at the Al-Khazneh (Theater), visiting the Tombs, Colonnaded Street, and if you have the energy (or get a donkey ride) you can walk up the 1,000 stone steps, which is where Petra's second most famed attraction is, Ad-Deir (Monastery). There is also a little cafe where you can sit, have a drink, and a snack before heading back. Don't be surprised when the ticket price is based on your nationality!