It is easy to feel like an intrepid archaeologist at Petra. Wind through the narrow Siq canyon to reach the awe-inspiring view of the red sandstone city. Its story began over 2,000 years ago when it was built by the Nabateans. Petra was an ancient center of trade and also had a detailed water system, offering an oasis in the arid surroundings.
Petra was a key stopping point along routes to Greece and Egypt, and influences from variety of cultures can be found here. Petra continued to thrive until an earthquake shattered its infrastructure and wiped out its water system. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was forgotten for close to 1,000 years and rediscovered in 1812 by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, earning it the nickname of the Lost City. The colonnaded site known as Al Khazneh, or the Treasury, is a multi-hued place of tombs, a temple, and an amphitheater. Petra was featured in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and has attracted many other adventure seekers drawn by its ancient allure. You’ll feel like a modern-day Indiana Jones as you set your eyes on this wonder of architecture.
Camels linger outside this rose gold city; inside, ancient statues are its steadfast inhabitants. Local Ker & Downey guides have made their home in Jordan and know every inch of Petra’s mysteries and wonders.
The surrounding sands of the region have been traversed by Thomas Edward Lawrence, who roamed these deserts in search of lost treasures. His writings about the Middle East attracted international fame and earned him the nickname “Lawrence of Arabia”. The area around Petra is home to Abrahamic traditions, many associated with Moses and his brother Aaron. It is believed that this is where Moses passed through and struck a rock to bring forth water. Hike through the mountains for unimaginable views of the sun setting over the desert landscape that has seen so many pages in the chapters of history.