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How much is it to get into Petra?A lot. Petra is incredibly expensive, and there’s nothing you can do about it (unless you’re an Arabic national). Arabic nationals (people from Jordan, Iraq, Iran and other surrounding countries) only play 1JD per person. This goes up to an eye-watering 50JD (about £56) for foreigners, making it one of the most expensive tourist attractions in the world. However, if you’ve come straight from Eilat (or anywhere else in Israel or Egypt for that matter) and are only planning to spend the day at Petra and not spend the night in Jordan, then the price jumps again to 90JD. Ouch. It is worth noting that Petra is one of those places that works out more economically cheaper the longer you stay – a two-day ticket costs 55JD and a three-day ticket costs 60JD. What should I pack for a trip to Petra?Petra is in the middle of the desert, so it goes without saying to pack lots of water and sun block. You can buy these at the site, but obviously the prices are extortionately high. It’s also a good idea to be covered up at Petra. Even though lots of people walk around in shorts and strappy tops, Jordan is still a devout Muslim country and it’s best to respect the locals by dressing appropriately. Layers are key too – the temperate plummets at night and you always need extra layers. If you didn’t bring a hat then it’s good idea to buy a headscarf. At only a few JD, these are fantastic at keeping the sun off your head and they make excellent souvenirs too. Oh, and make sure you have comfortable shoes you’re happy to walk in all day – you’re going to need them! What is there to see?The SiqFirst up, there’s the Siq. As in antiquity, the Siq (meaning gorge) is still the main entrance into Petra. With high cliffs on either side of you, it was formed by moving tectonic plates, and the walls were smoothed by weather, water and time. The Siq pathway twists and turns for over a kilometre, and the observant will notice the terracotta pipes built into the rock face. If you’re planning on exploring here, make sure you don’t rush through – it’s a place to be enjoyed just as much as anywhere else in Petra. How do I get around Petra?If you’re worried about not being fit enough to get around Petra by foot, there are a number of different ways of seeing all this wondrous ancient city has to offer. From the site entrance to the Treasury it’s possible to get a horse and cart. This journey takes about 10 minutes and costs 20JD (return) for the horse and cart. All round Petra you’ll see donkeys and camels for hire. As a rule of thumb, it usually costs between 5-10JD per trip of up to one hour and you should tip the owner on top of this. If it’s a choice between a donkey and a camel, then go for a donkey – they can walk up stairs whereas a camel can’t. Please note: the ethical treatment and welfare of the animals by the Bedouin has been brought into question over the years, so only hire one if you really need it. Always check if the animal looks healthy and well cared for. What’s Petra by Night?Petra by Night is a magical light show every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The walkway from the Siq to the Treasury is lit up by 1,500 candles throwing mesmerising shadows onto the surrounding rock, and it is every bit as beautiful as the photos. The light show starts at 8.30pm, runs for two hours and costs 17JD*. Feeling inspired to take on the world? 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ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Can I stay in Petra?There are a number of places to stay at in Wadi Musa, the town next to Petra. If you’re looking for that extra special experience there’s the Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp just 30 minutes from Petra. Here you get to camp under the stars in small huts (don’t worry, there are camp beds here), and they even put on an impressive spread too. A little closer to Petra there are a number of hotels ranging from cheap to expensive. A good cheap hotel is the Petra Sella Hotel, and one for the high-end among you is the Mövenpick Petra Resort.Find hotels near Petra Al DierMeasuring 47m wide and 48m high, the Monastery (also known as Al Dier) is arguably even more impressive than the Treasury, especially when you take its location into consideration. You’ll find it hidden away 800 steps up the mountain, where one thought occurs to almost everyone: how did man construct something so grand up here? Make sure you get an iced lemon and mint at the top – you’ve earned it. RelatedHoliday cats: street cats of the world in picturesCalling all cat lovers! A collection of photos of beautiful ‘street cats’ around the world, from Italy to Japan.Top ten things to do before you dieTop ten things to do before you dieThe Oscars 2016: Best Picture film locationsThe 88th Academy Awards will take place on February 28th, and this year the nominees for Best Picture take in an impressively diverse set of locales, from New Orleans to Berlin and as far afield as Tierra del Fuego in Argentina. Here’s the lowdown on the locations of 2016’s potential… Al KhaznaIf there’s one image that sells a destination, it’s this one. Once you get to the end of the Siq, you’ll behold a magnificent façade, that’s the famous the Treasury (a.k.a. Al Khazna). At 40m high, the Treasury stands sentinel above you. One of the beautiful things about the Treasury is it still remains shrouded in mystery: archaeologists can’t quite decide if it was a temple to the Gods or a memorial to the dead. Either way, it is absolutely stunning, so bring your very best camera. How do I get there?Petra is located in the southwest of Jordan close to the Israeli border and it is a three-hour drive from the capital Amman. For people coming directly from Israel, it is possible to visit Petra from both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, but this is nearly always on a two-day tour. Also, it is possible to visit Petra in a day from Eilat (the most southern town in Israel) but it’ll cost you – more on that below. The majority of people come directly from Amman though, and if you want to do it independently there are a number of public buses and mini-buses that’ll take you to Petra. The public bus costs 8.50JD each way and a mini-bus is closer to 5JD each way. You can also get a taxi as well but at approximately 90JD (depending on how good you are at haggling) it is a lot more expensive. Another option is to hire a car for a couple of days.Find flights to Amman What is Petra?History buffs will know that Petra is an ancient Nabataean city that dates back to 312BC, with rose-coloured temples that seamlessly blend into the surrounding landscape. It’s also a major tourist destination, which attracts half a million people every year. Despite pulling in people from all over the world, Petra lay forgotten to the western world for centuries, known only to the Bedouin who made it their home, until the great Swiss explorer Jean Louis Burckhardt stumbled upon it in 1812. The story goes he was dressed as a local Bedouin at the time vowing to slaughter a goat when he came across the Treasury. We’ve all been there. Today, Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is basically always mentioned in listicles such as ‘Places to See Before You Die’. So, yeah, you know it’s worth a visit if it’s trending online. When’s the best time to visit Petra?If you want those photos without anyone in them, then the best time to get to Petra is when it opens at 6am. For those first few hours you really can have the place to yourself. A large majority of the tour coaches get to Petra around 10:30 onward, so this is when things start to get really busy. Happily though, Petra has the amazing ability of never feeling fully crowded. The crowds start to disperse around 3pm to head back to Amman, and from here till the site closes at 6pm you get the most beautiful light bouncing off the rock. It’s a real photographer’s paradise.