The Amazing Petra, Jordan

2011-11-11-Jordan-Petra-TicketsAttempting to write a “short story” about Petra, Jordan, would be like trying to summarize Will And Ariel Durant’s epic 12-volume The Story of Civilization in a few sentences. So this article won’t try to cover all of the area, just some of the photo highlights of our tour there on 11/11/11 — yes, November 11, 2011!

For starters, there is a very nice Wikipedia article at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petra. In case you’re not aware of it, Petra was named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2007. While this sounds impressive, one must also know that this designation was purely a marketing effort by a Canadian-Swiss in Zurich, Switzerland — it had nothing to do with UNESCO or any other independent organization. The problem with this is that tourism has grown tremendously and there had not been a sustainable tourism plan in effect. There have since been efforts to manage the tourism, and other, impacts on the area.

Our visit was on the second day in Jordan while on a 19-day cruise from Barcelona to Dubai. Rather than go on a ship’s tour, we went on a private tour set up by a seasoned cruiser who arranged it through Cruise Critic. We had a total of sixteen of us on our tours in Jordan (from its only sea port of Aqaba) as well as in Israel (from the port of Eilat).

Because this tour was on our second day in Aqaba (we went to the Dead Sea on day one), our group was able to leave the ship early in the morning for the 3+ hour drive to Petra. This meant that we were leaving (and heading to a tour at Wadi Rum) just as the ship’s tours began arriving. That was so wonderful (thank you, Barbara for arranging the tours, and Sharon for telling us about the cruise!).

As “they say,” sit back and enjoy the ride as we take a trip to Petra!

Yield to Camels!

Yield to Camels!

Camels for rent

Camels for rent

Horses also for rent

Horses also for rent

Showing height of some "rooms"

Showing height of some “rooms”

The Amphitheatre

The Amphitheatre

Royal Tombs

Royal Tombs

Royal Tombs

Royal Tombs

Are they really needed?

Are they really needed?

Al-Khasneh, "The Treasury"

Al-Khasneh, “The Treasury”

Camels taking a break

Camels taking a break

Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock

Carriage Ride

Carriage Ride

Beats walking back up!

Beats walking back up!

Narrow siq

Narrow siq

Rock Layers

Rock Layers

So many "structures"

So many “structures”

Mineral veins

Mineral veins

Moon setting on our way back!

Moon setting on our way back!


I hope you enjoyed the brief journey through Petra.


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