the rose city of petra, jordan

There is nothing that can quite prepare you for visiting Petra, Jordan…but the drive is a wonderful warm-up. It’s a two to three hour drive from Amman to Petra – through nothing but sand dune after sand dune, with an occasional limestone house errected every few miles. The towering dunes were breathtaking.

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Years and years of history shaped these mountains – just as years and years of blood, sweat and tears went into the creation of the incredible tombs of Petra.

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The history of Petra is incredible – though still largely a mystery. For those of you that don’t know, Petra is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is believed to date back to 312 BCE – but was a hidden jewel to the West until a Swiss explorer stumbled across it in 1812. An extensive series of tombs were carved into the rose-red sandstone over the course of centuries, and more recently were the homes to Bedouin tribes.

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Walking through the towering walls of Petra…understanding it’s incredible history…and taking in the amazing culture of Jordan made this experience one of my favorite places in the world. I don’t know that I’ve ever been somewhere more beautiful or impressive.

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I would highly recommend hiring both a driver and a tour guide during your stay in Jordan…the tour guide can meet you at Petra and walk you through the miles of tombs, explaining the history along the way. Our tour guide was also able to share what his life was like growing up in Jordan – and his experiences studying in the United States too! There’s no need to hire a tour guide on the drive, as the majority of the drive is desert.

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Lastly, make sure to bring plenty of water with you as you explore Petra! That is one piece of advice that I took…and it paid off!

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