The World Wonder of Petra
Getting from Amman to Wadi Musa was much easier than first expected. From the airport it was just a couple of dollars to the bus station, and then a few more dollars for a bus leaving ten minutes later and five hours after I had landed I was where I wanted to be for the night.
Wadi Musa is just a small town with nothing to see, except one of the Seven Wonders of the World, called Petra. It is well worth it’s status as most of it dates back to the first couple of centuries AD. Petra is an ancient Nabatean City hidden within the mountains, where most buildings are carved into the rocks just like caves.
Reaching the city from the main gate was not far, and the ticket was supposed to include a horse ride the first kilometers, which was not quite true as the stable guys insisted on good tips afterwards, just like the nearly 100usd entrance ticket (+12%, yes 12% bank card fee!) was not expensive enough.
The first part went through a narrow and colorful alley called the Siq, which led all the way to the main sight of the day- Al Khazna, also known as the Treasury. From there on I was in the middle of the city, where the sights like the theater, the royal tombs and the Monastery came right after each other. The trails through the city only takes a few hours to do, but as I was the first one to get in and the last one to get out I managed with a bit of curiosity and climbing skills to also see it all from the mountains above and to see lots of caves far away from everything else. I even met some Bedouins up there who did not speak English and invited me for some tea.