Petra is as beautiful and awe inspiring as the guide books promise. It is a lovely place to explore the history of this part of Jordan. I recommend going to the monastery which most don’t do as it is quite a climb. I couldn’t bring myself to ride any of the horses, camels and donkeys because like other reviewers I was not comfortable with their treatment. Don’t eat at the Crowne Plaza at the foot of the climb to the monastery as the service is poor, the food overpriced and the waiters rude. Instead have a “sandwich” at the shack at the start of the colonnade leading to the path to the monastery where you will be served promptly and the food cheap, clean and traditional hummus. There are plenty of toilets in the site. Go in the morning - by the afternoon there are noisy school trips and you are constantly stepping aside for the donkeys and ponies. I would recommend a guide. They are well informed and they do nicely keep the hawkers away.
Whatever you do don’t miss this out of your itinerary.
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