JORDAN 2016 // PETRA

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And thus starts Jincent's Non-Stop World Travels!

For at least an entire year.

I'm beyond excited! If not whole-heartedly relieved to live this kind of nomadic lifestyle on a much longer stint. (My husband's reasons are slightly different from mine, and I may even let him blog his perspective on here. It's always good to see both sides of the story!) I've touched on the Why's in past travel posts years ago, and I would LOVE to go into more depth about it in a future post, but til then - sit tight, kindred spirits. =)

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So, why Jordan? Because things were getting a lil too hot for our liking in Egypt. If we had started our world travels 2 weeks prior, then it wouldn't have been a problemo. But we like to travel somewhat comfortably, if not smart, and the weather sounds reasonable in The Middle East. There, we began our journey.

Petra is much more of an adventure travel than leisure travel, as is most of Jordan. Be prepared to spend a lot of money on tourist sights. Be prepared to walk/hike A LOT through rough terrain. (This is not an understatement!) Bring a hat and plenty of water. And be prepared to have vendors constantly try to sell you stuff. (But they're polite and unaggressive, unlike other countries we've visited. A simple 'No, Thank you.' is good enough for them to leave you be.)

The 3 days we've spent at Petra were utterly exhausting. I ain't gonna lie. But the picturesque canyon views makes the hours of hiking/climbing well worth it. If done right. We woke up quite early everyday and began our hikes to various parts of the canyon around 6:30am. Mainly to beat the heat and the crowds. It's much more leisurely this way, with way more photo ops in the canyons, as well as with the camels hanging out in front of The Treasury. Not to mention an unobstructed view of The Treasury itself. Around 10am is when it gets stupid crowded around The Siq, making picture-taking a horrendous experience. By this time, we are already coming back down from our various canyon hikes and heading back to our hostel to wait out the hottest part of the day until dindin time.

There. Our not-so-secret way to enjoy Petra. A much more leisurely approach, but isn't that how it's suppose to be? To feel connected, body and soul, on all levels of travel and culture without feeling the weight of tourism? When stripped down to the basics - it's an amazing experience. The stunning desert canyon formations. The incredible history of past civilizations. The centuries old relationship between the two, nature and human. It will all mesmerize you in an instant. I promise.

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When: April 2016
Temp: 60F LOW / 80F HIGH
Stay: The Saba'a ($30/night for private. Center of town. To the Visitor Center: 15min walk, 5min by Taxi.)
Transportation: Taxi, 2-5JD. (Haggle if you have to.)

Treasury Night Tour: 17JD/person, ~2hr.
2 Day Petra Hikes: 55JD/person.

Walk from The Visitor Center to The Siq: ~25min. Rough Terrain.
Walk from The Siq to start of The Monastery 850 step stair climb: 30-40min. Rough Terrain.
Hike up the 850 step stair climb to The Monastery: 30-40min.
Walk from The Siq to Royal Tombs: 10min.
Hike from the Royal Tombs to view The Treasury from above: 30-40min.


-jin-