Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Walking into Petra for the First Time


I knew I’d be impressed by Petra.  After reading glowing review after glowing review, it seemed like there would be no other option.  And was I ever.

It takes a long time to get to the Treasury, Petra’s most famous icon.  The long, winding path through Petra’s Siq is 1.2 km long and will take you around 20 minutes if you gun it — longer if you stop to enjoy it and take pictures.

You’ll be walking through the Siq for what seems like forever, twisting and turning and wondering if you’ll ever make it out.

And then, after another nondescript corner, suddenly it’s there.

And in its full glory:

I knew I wanted to show you what it was like to experience it first-hand, so I took a video.  Apologies for the bumpiness.  It took about three tries before I got it without a local jumping in front to offer me a camel ride.

The video:

And the crazy thing is that the Treasury is just a small, small part of all that Petra has to offer.

So what else can you do in Petra?

You can take pictures in the groovy sandstone.

You can marvel at more of the buildings.

You can have tea with Bedouins and the local guides.

You can hike to the Monastery.  Or take a donkey, and look ridiculous while doing so.

You can have tea with Bedouins again — and have them tie you a proper headdress this time.

You can ride a camel.

And best of all, if you hike far enough, you can have scenery like this all to yourself.

Now, this post may seem a bit contradictory.  I lured you in with photos and video of the Treasury, only to tell you that there is SO much more to Petra than the Treasury.

But still…as many magical moments as there were in Petra, and all over Jordan, seeing the Treasury appear in that peachy light for the first time gave me goosebumps.  And I only hope it does the same for you.

Many thanks to the Jordan Tourism Board for hosting me in Jordan.  All opinions, as always, are my own.


11 Responses to “Walking into Petra for the First Time”
  1. Alison says:

    I really like these photos, Kate – especially the one when the Treasury first appears. Have enjoyed all of your articles on Jordan so far. Looks like a truly amazing place. The headdress really suits you!

  2. Lily Louie says:

    This is pretty cool . Do you have any recommendations for Turkey? I am going in about 1 week.

  3. Kate, fantastic photos and video at Petra!

  4. Mark says:

    You look PETRA-fied…

    Very windy video! You should invest in a wind filter/muffler.

  5. christy says:

    Awesome! I’m trying to plan a trip this this year. I love reading about other’s experiences. I noticed you are wearing all black. Didn’t make you hot? What type of clothing and shoes would you suggest to wear there? I’m thinking of going in Feb/March. And I’m guessing regular tennis shoes prob. wouldn’t work so well with all the hiking and sand. Suggestions?

  6. Cailin says:

    So awesome Kate! I am dying to visit and hopefully I make it there in 2012! 🙂

  7. Petra is on my list definitely. A little video feedback. Maybe you can add some background music to your video in moments of windy silence. I think it’d make a fun difference.

  8. Sophie says:

    Ah-mazing! Jordan just skyrocketed up the list of my must-visit destinations!


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