Confession: if you mentioned the word “Petra” to me before I went to Jordan, I would have looked at you blankly. I don’t remember learning about it in history class, I’ve never really seen it mentioned on bucket lists or guidebooks, and it’s been years (and years) since I’ve watched Indiana Jones.
But honestly, that’s exactly how I like it. I prefer to see movies without watching the trailer or reading a review, and taking book recommendations without reading the back cover. The fewer expectations, the better. I’m not always the best informed traveler, I admit it. So I showed up to Petra with only a vague idea of what to expect–and holy, it’s just beyond description. Mind-blowing is honestly the best word I can come up for it. It’s Jordan’s most famous tourism site for good reason!
Essentially, it’s an ancient city that dates back to 325 B.C. It’s famous for the buildings carved into the stone. The Treasury (in the first photo) is incredibly intricate, while the Monastery is much larger. The scale and detail of both structures are both incredible: one of those times when modern architecture just seems hopelessly temporary.
Petra from afar.
New dog friend!
Many people chose to ride donkeys to see the sites more efficiently, but I preferred to walk. It was a fantastic workout and not nearly as scary as holding onto a donkey as they navigate some steep hills with long drops.
Not a bad background for standing bow pose.
Best description ever.
Ancient carving of a man and his camel.
Note: I was a guest of the Jordan Tourism Board, but all opinions are my own.
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