Dark-haired, dark-eyed, dark-skinned men ride horses up and down the path that leads to Petra‘s Siq, the mile-long entrance to the ancient city.
I walk the stretch of the archeological park, clambering up hills and and rocks for better views of the tombs, temples and monuments. The city is larger and more elaborate than I had imagined it would be.
The reward at the end of my shadeless walk is the grandiose Petra Monastery but there’s just one catch: it’s up 800 steps.
And it's worth every single step.
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Expect to spend all day
Petra is a wonderful step into the vestiges of a once thriving trade route city. The world passed through a thriving economy and culture. Expect to spend a day there, and to ease the strain of walking the ruins, book at a nearby hotel rather than travel on. It is possible but a ride on a guided horse or mule for the difficult walks uphill, and long distances but most people are able to walk. Carry some food and a generous water supply in your day pack. A camera, sturdy shoes. and sun glasses are essentials.