If you ever find yourself in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, make sure you hit up it’s flagship destination Petra. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and definitely honors it’s status.
Also known as the Rose City because of the color of the rock, it was possibly established as early as 312 BCE as the capital city of the Nabataeans and it is known for its carving and it sophisticated water system.The walk to Petra is as much of a spectacle as the actual sites since you have to go through a narrow opening called the Siq. You have to choice to walk it, ride a camel or a chariot pulled by horses or donkeys, it’s a light walk for the first part so we opted to tread it and take super touristy pictures. Traveler’s Tip: Make sure you put on sunblock and take a big hat because the sun can get pretty intense and there are not many places to hide. Also keep hydrated!In my case I wore my white converse, though I recommend better hiking shoes, athletic leggings and H&M log dress and my totally touristy but still awesome Gap jean shirt. Oh and what came to be known as the mushroom hat.After traveling through The Siq, you arrive at this temple where most tourists take their first pictures and probably the most popular site in Petra. The boys decided to be a little silly, while us girls kept our posture and smiled. From there on the hike gets tough so you have the option to ride a camel all the way to the bottom of the monastery and then up the mountain on a donkey or hike it up yourself.You may get some smiling camels, but make sure you negotiate the price of the ride. In general, camels and donkeys are guided by the local Bedouins who are known for their hospitality.Once you’re up there you will see the monastery which is breathtaking and in fact functioned as a tomb. Make sure to take some pictures and talk to the bedouins. Additionally you can go up to the highest view where you can see the Wadi of Aqaba and Palestine from afar and feel pretty damn small.
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