The trip continues by car from Wadi Rum to the famous ancient rock city of Petra. Petra is one of the oldest settlements in the Middle East. This city is more than 2000 years old and is the ancient capital of the Nabataeans. Indeed, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, being one of the seven new wonders of the world, it is considered Jordan’s most famous sight. Petra is known as “the lost city”, as it remained undiscovered for centuries, and it is often also called “the red city” for its high reddish rock faces. You won’t forget these impressive rock formations in a hurry. Even the main entrance to the city, the Siq, a gorge about 70 meters deep and 1.5 kilometres long, is magnificent. The 600 tombs carved into the rock walls are particularly fascinating. You should start sightseeing as early as possible in the morning, as the paths in the rock town are long (but can be shortened with donkey and camel rides) and the light on the treasure house is best in the morning and evening hours.
You can find more tips for your stay in Petra in this blog: