The land of djinns

One of my very first trips was to Petra. I have been there twice and I would go there again million of times, if possible!

Petra

It is better to visit Petra from November till the beginning of April. Apart from this period of time it gets unbearably hot, with the temperature rising above +40. Sand storms are also a phenomenon to be aware of.

Petra

Petra

Once you enter the site it takes you via a long canyon till the Treasury square. The Three Kings Shop at the entrance is a good place to book your trips to Wadi Rum (great staff, amazing camp).

Petra

Petra

Here it is, the Wonder of the World!

Petra

The Treasury, how it is called, is a masterpiece, carved into the rock. It is an amazing work of a precise and accurate master. Actually Petra does not finish in Jordan, it continues right down to Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately the Saudi sites are not that renowned due to the fact that they belong to the pre-Islamic era, therefore they don’t present much of a relevance for the locals.

Petra

Petra

These guys have traveled around the world in one go for an entire year, as many Koreans do. I asked them which places they liked the most. Yep, this one! So I was happy to start discovering the world with the most beautiful place in the world!

Petra

As one local Bedouin said, camels and donkeys are the limousines of Petra … with free air conditioning 😛

Petra

Many Bedouin families which arrived to Jordan from neighboring countries used to lived in the caves of Petra. Later on, out of preservation concerns, the King gave them land not far from the caves and has built houses for them there, thus stopping the demolition of the heritage sites.

Kids are always around, selling souvenirs or simply trying to catch your attention. Amazingly, in Petra locals speak 3-4 foreign languages … without any accent !!! … which they are skillfully picking up from tourists. They’re quite fluent to sell you the world and make you pour down your own life story. Welcome in the Middle East, would you like a cup of tea?! 😛

Petra    Petra

Petra

Petra

I wonder who is the author of these masterpieces? Is it a human, is it the wind … the water? … Is it time, maybe?!

Petra    Petra

My princess! … She liked my gloves, I liked her teeth!

Petra

Donkeys are my favorites of all times. I wish I could take them home! I left my gloves in Petra … don’t worry, I didn’t take the teeth and the donkeys…

Petra

Petra

Petra

They could have been be brothers, hey! Just be careful with the Casanova pretty eyes in Petra :P! Bedouins don’t loose any chance to pick up tourists with different scams. You can travel anywhere solo, but to Cairo and Petra you better have a travel buddy.

Petra    Petra

Petra

Petra

The Monastery at the end of the route was worth that long and tiring climbing., definitely…

Petra    Petra

Bedouins are very hospitable. You will be offered tea EVERYWHERE ! … a herbal mint tea, very strong and sweet. Here people take their time having tea. It is an entire ceremony. I loved drinking tea with the locals in every place from Jordan to Morocco. It is part of their culture, it is part of who they are, because at a cup of tea the decisions are made, the marriages are set, the state matters and issues are discussed.

Petra

Ah, little cuties!!!

Petra     Petra

Well, Jack Sprarrow 😛  ….. actually Ahmed by name ….

Petra

The road to little Petra is very spectacular! I would recommend to stay longer in the area and explore a little bit outside of the main gate.

Petra

Elephants are there, aha…

Petra     Petra

The quality of silence in Wadi Araba is all-absorbing. It was so peaceful that I could hear the birds flipping their wings while flying! Actually the desert birds in Petra and Wadi Rum are very very special!

Petra

It is definitely worth camping over the night in Wadi Rum. Traditional food is very tasty and the sky always seems to be so close in the desert.

Petra

Petra

Petra      Petra

The wind is creating accurate slopes. Dunes are shaped and reshaped with delicacy!

Petra

Petra

Petra

Petra

I’m looking at this land, it’s a desert… What is there? I don’t know anything from what I see … unless I would spend some years staring and then I will see what is there!

Petra

Petra     Petra

Three times per week, every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday you can see Petra by night. The way to the Treasury is lighten up by a double line of candles. Everybody should take their sweethearts to see Petra by night! It is an amazing experience.

Petra

Once you arrive at the Treasury you will join other visitors and will listen to the traditional Jordanian music played by the local Bedouins, while having some mint tea. They usually tell the story of Petra and the Nabateans, who lived here.

Petra    Petra

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About Imagineth

Ukraine born and raised...... after that, a long time has passed :P I'm an observer. Stopped traveling for a while. This is my break. Tomorrow is another day, hopefully tomorrow will bring me somewhere closer to the beach and the sun!

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