We walked through the town with carved sandstone walls. Some of the “buildings” were tombs, some were churches, and some were homes, markets and meeting places. It was a city of 30,000 at one point. There was a theater and a full on Roman road too. The Romans arrived in 105 AD and added to the city.
It was a hike to get to the Monastery. It is not the distance here but the path. It was rough and varied. There is sand, rocks, old uneven stone steps so nothing was easy, but it was worth every step. It was 800 steps up according the the donkey vendors. The Monastery was huge. Beyond the small valley in front of the Monastery there was another hill of course. We climbed up to the top. The view over the valley and to the Monastery was fantastic. We hiked back to the valley floor and back out towards the Treasury. I took more pictures of course and we headed out the Siq.
We found a great restaurant a few minutes outside the gate. We ate there all 3 days and have Bedouin food. We slept some more that afternoon. Are sleep schedule is really off.
We returned to Petra the next day to do two hikes. We wanted to see the Treasury overlook and go up to the High Place of Sacrifice - just animals no humans… :( The Treasury overlook was another one of those 800 steps up. Steps almost the entire way. At the end was a Bedouin tent set up. We walked in and took in the overlook. It was fantastic! We sat down and had some tea and drank some cold water. We listen to hime play a flute and a single string instrument. It was shade and it was good. Today was much warmer than the the previous day.
We headed down the path to the valley floor and then up the there side. This was not as far, but it was hotter and steeper. A LARGE car size boulder had come down onto the path. There were 6 gentlemen with a sledge hammer and shovels and wedge and they were breaking off part of the boulder. We did not know if they were trying to get it to roll down and off into the crevice or if they just wanted to widen the path by removing some of it. We walked by the underside quickly. The view from the top showed the entire valley and you really was all the carved buildings. There were many more on the back side that is not really open to the tourist. You could walk there, but the maps do not show them. It was hot and we headed down and out. This was our second day with 8 miles of walking and we were slowing down at the end of the day.
We hit our restaurant again and drank another large bottle of water with the meal.
The next day we did Little Petra. It was a 25 JD taxi ride. I did like the site, but that was a costly two hours. It was a narrow canyon that had a carved entrance. The sandstone was cut away so you could walk through. This was more like a city for people to live in. There was only one ornately carved building and the others were markets and homes. This had the fresco painting in one of the homes that was multi colored leafs. It was over 2000 years old.
I loved Petra and I was blown away by what I saw. This is one of the Seven Wonders of the World for a reason. A visit here will be more than worth your while.
I have posted pictures on the Petra page and there is a link on the Destinations page