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Petra Treasury

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Get the Best Photo of the Treasury from Above Ma'an Governorate  Jordan
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Get the Best Photo of the Treasury from Above

Everybody is after the "money shot" of the Treasury glimpsed between the cliff edges of the siq, but an even better way to capture the Treasury is from above.

Just after the Palace Tomb (along the Royal Tombs ridge), a set of weather-beaten stairs leads up to the summit of Jebel Khubtha where there are traces of a Nabataean high place of sacrifice. The views across Petra's central city ruins all the way up the trail are magnificent and would be worth the 40-minute hike alone. At the summit, though, another prize awaits. Take the trail that leads you from the summit and down to a ridge where you can sit and survey the Treasury from above.

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almost 5 years ago

Petra, Jordan

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!
almost 5 years ago

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.
almost 5 years ago

The Treasury

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.
almost 5 years ago

The Treasury

A magical place—
almost 5 years ago

pretend you are Indiana Jones

Petra Jordan is one of those places that you have to put on any bucket list. I went a decade ago and then dragged my husband there last year because "you can't miss this one" I told him. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade fans will recognize the location. But aside from the Treasury (shown above) there are many other facades as well as an amphiteater and the ruins of a Roman road. Lost to all but some bedouins who lived in the ancient city for centuries, the now UNESCO World Heritage site is protected and the bedouins have been removed to a new town overlooking their former home. Take a camel ride- why not? - and enjoy a glass of tea at a "cafe" as you wander through. Things have changed since my first visit so I would also add this to the GO NOW list - gone already is the handmade shack with the hand lettered marquee "Indiana Jones Gift Shop", now instead is a new visitors center - progress to some but not to all... so make your own call on this one. But for me, I am glad I saw it before the bedouins left town and UNESCO moved in to "clean" up the place...
over 4 years ago

Exceptional camel ride

We went to Petra on a perfect day. Temps in the upper-70s, clear skies, very few visitors. Because of the lower visitor numbers a camel driver offered a lower price for a camel ride all the way through the entire Petra valley, about three kilometers. It was an amazing experience. At the end he arranged for a friend to take us back to the main entrance in a pickup truck.
almost 5 years ago

Sharing tea with the Bedouin

Meeting and sharing tea with a Bedouin family in Petra, Jordan, was one of the most enlightening cultural experiences I've had. It also required exercising a great deal of patience.
almost 5 years ago

Petra

Petra has to be the most awe inspiring place I have been to throughout my travels thus far. Just spectacular!!
almost 5 years ago

Jordan is Pretty Epic

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.
Tips

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.
almost 5 years ago

Petra: City Of Stone.

As you exit the canyon called a Siq you enter a small clearing, and are breathlessly taken aback by the grandeur of Petra.
almost 5 years ago

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. ;)