Matsimitsu

Day Five

Petra


After an early rise and a hearty breakfast, it was time for the main event of this trip, Petra!

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Treasury

The thing most people to Petra for is the first attraction you'll come across after exiting the Siq, a narrow alleyway. It's called Al-Khazneh or the Treasury.

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But Petra has so much more to offer if you follow the path deeper into the park.

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Along the way, you'll get asked if you want to ride a Donkey or Camel to the various attractions.

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Qasr al-Bint

The path leads past the Nymphaeum and the Grand Temple to Qasr al-Bint, a religious temple.

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ad-Deir

Al the way in the back of the park, about an hour's hike away, stands another impressive structure called ad-Deir.

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But first, you have to climb your way up.

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ad-Deir, the Monastery, is another structure carved from the rocks, and it looks similar to the Treasury

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You can find a couple of incredible viewpoints of the surrounding mountains around the Monastery.

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It was time to head back down; there were still many items on the to-do list.

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High place of sacrifice trail

The park features several trails, and most people take either the High place of sacrifice trail that leads you to a viewpoint of almost the entire park or the Al-Khubtha Trail, which leads to an outlook of the Treasury.

I opted for the High place of sacrifice trail first, as it's an alternative route back to the beginning of the park.

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The route starts fairly easy, but you'll have to climb the rock wall on tiny stairs after half an hour. You'll get rewarded with epic views along the way.

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High place of sacrifice

Better described as the top, it gives excellent views of the Petra area. Unfortunately, you'll have to get back down.

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Royal Tombs

The Royal Tombs consist of a line of prominent monumental facades.

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Al-Khubtha Trail

With an hour to spare before the park closes, I decided to walk the Al-Khubtha Trail. According to the map, it should take 2.5-3 hours. I managed to go there and back again (including a drink) in just over an hour.

This trail gives you the best view of the Treasury, but it comes at the cost of 2 Dinar for a compulsory consumption at the viewpoint. I think the view is worth it, though!

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Back to the entrance

With feet hurting (I did about 40.000 steps today) and sweaty all over, I made my way back to the town for dinner, shower, and a good night's rest.

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But not before taking a quick look back at the amazing Petra views.

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