Obviously Petra will be the main destination for anyone visiting Jordan and for good reason. The site is stunningly beautiful and you can’t deny the historical significance. Here are my tips to make your trip to Petra less stressful and more enjoyable.
Go Early –
The site opens at 6am so GET THERE AT 6. I know waking up early isn’t for everyone so if you want to sleep in, you’ll have to battle the massive crowds that descend on the grounds. I got there at 6 and was one of the first in (also since I had my Jordan Pass, I didn’t have to wait for the ticket office to open but just walked straight to the park entrance). I was able to walk and take pictures without anyone in my way and without any disturbances.
Wear some thick soled shoes. You’ll be doing a lot of walking. Even if you do pay for a donkey ride to get through portions of the site, you’ll still be doing a lot of walking. The paths aren’t paved and you’ll be walking over rocks and dirt. You’ll definitely want a pair of worn in sturdy shoes.
Really think about spending 2 days there. Can you do it all in 1 day? Yes. Would I recommend it? No. The site is massive so if you wanted, you could spend days there. However, if you want to hike up to the monastery, do that first and see how much energy you have afterwards. From the entrance, the hike takes at least a couple hours with the final portion of the hike comparable to the stair monster at the gym. After I finished seeing the monastery, I was pretty much done for the day in terms of energy. Oh, and is the monastery worth the walk? ABSOLUTELY.
Petra at night. This is sort of difficult. I guess your experience is going to depend on what you want to get out of it. That said, the cost is NOT included in the price of the Jordan Pass. The walk trough the Siq in the dark isn’t the most fun walk either. However, if you’re there, I’d argue that if you don’t do it, you’ll regret it later. Having done it, would I recommend it? No. However, only you’re going to be able to determine if it’s worth doing.