After several amazing days in Amman, we checked out of the hotel, loaded onto the bus and headed for Petra. Before coming to Jordan, I tried hard to read up on Petra and prepare for our trek through this famous lost city-nothing can truly prepare you for this world wonder.
Before we started our hike, the entrance of the site has a bit more commercial shopping than any other tourist site I visited. This was by far my favorite shop to see at the entrance!
Petra, also known as the “Rose-Red City”, was the capital of the Nabataean Arabs and was carved out of the mountains. Although no ones knows exactly when the city was built, it’s prosperous trade and growth can be found dating all the way back to the 1st century.
Petra became famous and it’s economy grew through the trading of spices, frankincense and myrrh. Later it was conquered by the Roman Empire but continued to thrive. However, due to an earthquake and trade routes changing, Petra ultimately became abandoned and was left lost for a few centuries.
Petra was “rediscovered” in 1812 by a Swiss explorer, Johannes Burckhardt and once again became a fascinating place. The ancient Nabataen city is magnificent and I truly walked around in awe and wonder.
Upon entering the gate, you are greeted by two Nabatean guards to give you an idea of how it would have been log ago.
I will let a few of the photos speak for themselves!
Our group of writers trying to listen to the guide, capture photos and memorize all that we are learning of this city-not easy at all.
We walked and walked for what felt like miles and yet we had not even officially entered the city, only its gate. When we rounded the corner, the Treasury in all its glory began peaking through the rocks. It is more spectacular in person, than any photo taken!
I thought we had arrived and were done only to discover that this was literally just the beginning of the famous city! We walked on to meet Bedouins who live in the area and were the last people group to inhabit Petra. Along the way, we were entertained by some local Bedouin music!
Of course what is any trip without a selfie!!
The city is truly amazing and I find it hard to describe. I would easily return to visit this place again and take two-three days just exploring. There were multiple places to hike and caves to explore that I simply did not have time to cover. It is worth seeing!
We ended the day with shopping and a traditional Jordanian dinner cooked by our own hands! Of course, we might have had a little help from a chef 😉
Denise and I trying some traditional Bedouin tea while we shopped for myrrh and frankincense.
The shop keeper insisted I try on the traditional attire and eyeliner.
I purchased some myrrh oil perfume from the area where it is believed the three wise men traveled to see Jesus in Bethlehem.
Cooking our meal at Petra’s Kitchen! Clearly Connor and I are the hardest working members of our cooking group!