Petra, my fourth World Wonder, was easily one of my favorite places in the world. The hikes and views were just out of this world.


The gorge features a nearly mile long walk through incredible rock formations. It's a great introduction to the site before seeing any of the structures.

You can book a horse carriage for quicker access.

The walls along the gorge featured sculptures, some from nature, and some man-made. Sometimes it was hard to tell!

This was our first glimpse of the Treasury building. It was a great introduction to the ancient city of Petra.


It is forbidden to go inside the Treasury building, but the exterior is magnificent! It was all carved out of the existing rock.

 

The Treasury building was famously featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

My wonderful tour group taking it in.


Petra doesn’t stop at just the Treasury building. It is a large walkable archaeological city. Petra is believed to have been settled as early as 9,000 BC, and it was possibly established in the 4th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataean Kingdom.

There are plenty of structures to explore. Petra could easily be hiked through for days. We barely scratched the surface.

The different rock formations were just stunning. Each rock or mountain had totally different colors from the one next to it. The hike never got boring.

We completed our hike at the Monastery, which was at the top of the hill.

These crazy locals were leaping across pillars.

 

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