Petra: One of the Seven Wonders of the World

The Monastery in Petra

How to get there: After spending time in the Dead Sea region, you can go for a 3-hour drive south of the country to Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Monument Al Khazneh in Petra
A tourist explores the site of Petra in Jordan

Even though only 13% of what it originally was is standing today - almost all of Petra was destroyed by wars and earthquakes - its beauty is as impressive as the energy emanating from its rocks, ruins and tombs. I suggest arriving early to make the most of it, as the walk is quite long.

Where to eat and sleep: Some people stay in the city for two or three nights, precisely to get to know the entire archaeological site. My trip there lasted only one day - I arrived the night before to rest - and I believe it was enough for my first time. You won’t find a very cool hotel chain there, but Movenpick Resort Petra is the best, and one eats very well at the Al Qantarah restaurant, which offers a variety of typical dishes besides protein and salads.

Souvenir and gift shop at Petra
Horses and Bedouins in the entrance of Petra in Jordan

P.S.: the presence of Bedouins throughout Petra is huge… most approach tourists at all times to offer camel rides or sell handicrafts. Watch out for abusive prices.


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