Group Activities in Petra - Wadi Musa

Top Large Group Activities & Things to Do in Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan

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  • ketchuprequired
    Calgary, Canada294 contributions
    Petra is really an amazing site to see and a place that all travelers should try to go. The Treasury and Monastery are amazing (how did they carve those by hand!!) but there are so many other things to see as well, and the setting is beautiful. We were just amazed at the colours of the rock in the area.

    We had two days (three nights) to stay here and that was good. I suppose you could fit most into one day but it would be exhausting. It was June and it was very hot, so we started at 6 am and ended by 1:00. The afternoon heat was intense. It was cooler in the morning and much less crowded - so many more people arrived around 10 am. The Treasury, of course, is beautiful and at 6:30 am you can have it to yourself. The Monastery is also amazing and the hike up the stairs is not hard as long as you are in reasonable shape. We wanted to do the “back-door” hike but that was closed this summer.

    We also did the Al-Khubtha hike to the viewpoint over the Treasury (signs point the way) and the hike to the High Place of Sacrifice (which was the hardest, steepest one) as well as explored the main trail. We walked about 17 km each day. The walk back to the visitor centre is the worst – uphill and in the hot sun. There were many exhausted looking people coming back. (An inexpensive shuttle from the top of the siq to the visitor centre would be a very welcome addition, I’m sure.) Just be sure that if you are doing a lot of the hikes in the site that you save energy for that last walk. There are electric e-buggies available from the visitor centre to the Treasury and back for an additional cost. I had a broken bone in my heel and so the second day I used this to come back up to the top which saved a lot of walking – I think it was about 35JD for both directions and tickets could be bought at the ticket office or at the actual golf carts in cash if you only want to go one way.

    We did not use a guide but read about Petra before we went and after. The signs that are on site are faded by the sun – it would be really nice if they could be replaced. The museum is new looking and had a lot of information which was interesting and helpful and so it is worth going to.

    Practical stuff: Water and snacks (ice dream, chips, chocolate bars) are available on site. We did not try the restaurants. Washrooms were scattered around as well - the ones by the tombs/theatre were the cleanest. We wore sport sandals, and this was fine – hiking shoes are not necessary, just make sure you can walk a ton in whatever you wear. The heat was crazy and most tourists (male and female) were wearing shorts.

    Just a note: although we loved Petra, we were dismayed at the number of Bedouin children in the area with no supervision or trying to sell things instead of being in school. We saw lots of boys seriously fighting (one tourist even tried to help a little guy who was being pummelled) and even throwing rocks at each other’s heads. The salespeople were relatively friendly and generally easily took no for an answer but, also, going early in the morning meant most of the booths were still closed and so we avoided the constant sales pressure (another great reason to go early).
    Written 23 June 2022
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  • TravelingFool88005
    Las Cruces, NM1,177 contributions
    This is a hike for the morning, less people and more enjoyable temperatures in the summer. We walked it. It looked sketchy to ride a donkey. When you get to the monastery, turn your back to it, look to the left and follow the signs to the view. It is a great photo opportunity. Purchase a cold beverage for 1 jod.
    Written 23 June 2022
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  • TravelingFool88005
    Las Cruces, NM1,177 contributions
    We hiked here today at about 7am. The lighting was perfect and not alot of people. If you want to go to the view point, go right away before the guides start hassling you.
    Written 23 June 2022
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  • Breeze
    Riffa, Bahrain1,029 contributions
    Amazing time tunnel, this is the feeling I got passing through this main entrance to reach Al Khazneh of the magnificent Nabataean Petra, the walk is thrilling and never experienced before.
    Written 14 March 2022
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  • TravelingFool88005
    Las Cruces, NM1,177 contributions
    The drive from shibok castle is gorgeous. Yes, this is little but still impressive. And after walking over 14 miles the day before, little is not bad.
    Written 21 June 2022
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  • TravelingFool88005
    Las Cruces, NM1,177 contributions
    We hiked this on day 2 in Petra. It is a beautiful view from the top. We hiked the back way down. I highly recommend this trail. Do it in the morning and you will have the view all to yourself.
    Written 23 June 2022
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  • nantona
    Kazanlak, Bulgaria950 contributions
    I admire the royal tombs in Petra - carved huge buildings in the rocks, resistant to weather and wind. The beauty of the stone is even better seen inside the royal tomb. Surprising is the perfect acoustics inside.
    Written 5 June 2022
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  • Nomad430085
    1 contribution
    Was pleasantly surprised after the reviews I read here. The experience is mostly the thrill of being able to walk around at night, but that’s pretty amazing. The show isn’t too flashy but a good experience, with simple instrumentals and singing that highlight the culture and seem like you could be taken back 2000 years. Only the treasury is lit up and toward the end, but the experience isn’t a light show really. Yes, there were likely hundreds of people but I actually enjoyed and preferred that at times. People were for the most part polite and while going down just ambled together at a relaxed rate. It felt safer that way in the dark and part of a communal experience… easy to imagine a pilgrimage years ago. Just leave a little earlier than 10 and you’ll have the walk going up almost to yourself. Just be careful in the dark! The lanterns are lovely but almost entirely decorative. Especially once in the canyon w less artificial light, it is very very dark and one must be careful for sure. I wouldn’t recommend this for those with mobility issues, unfortunately. I would say that this was an easy adventure… relatively easy hiking but enough of adventure, navigating the dark, nonetheless. The tip I read here about trying to get a seat at the far left is great… nice padded benches outside the shop. Also, contrary to what I had thought, you did not need a day pass as well… so the price isn’t cheap but it’s a nice supplement to a trip to Petra! Enjoy the scenes at night, w the lovely stars above!
    Written 28 April 2022
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  • GiudittaGerusalemme
    Jerusalem, Israel48 contributions
    Had a great quiet visit. The staff was especially helpful when I requested a chair, so I was able to sit in front of some finds and concentrate on looking. Beautiful
    Written 20 June 2022
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  • nantona
    Kazanlak, Bulgaria950 contributions
    Obelisk Tomb is located at the beginning of the road to the ancient city of the Nabataeans Petra. You pass it on the way to the Siq Pass. The name is derived from the shape of the obelisks above the door of the tomb carved into the rocks.
    Written 5 June 2022
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  • nantona
    Kazanlak, Bulgaria950 contributions
    Street of Facades is so named because of the carved premises of the ancient Nabataeans, who created Petra. I admire their struggle to create a city among the rocks and for it to have been inhabited for centuries!
    Written 5 June 2022
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  • Breeze
    Riffa, Bahrain1,029 contributions
    This is a must visit site in Petra, don’t miss it, take some time to walk around and explore what is left of this fascinating temple.
    Written 16 March 2022
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  • db7920
    Washington DC, DC51 contributions
    It was a great evening and perfect way to experience the local cuisine. The chef picked a lot of recipes and it seemed daunting seeing them all on the white board. We made them all. The chef was very patient and fun to work with. It was a very small class so we got a lot of tips (e.g. chopping faster safely). Only two suggestions: (1) make sure you are hungry so you can fully enjoy all the amazing food you prepare; (2) when making reservations is to ask how many people will be in the class since they can hold up to 40 which means less hands on time for each person.
    Written 25 March 2022
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  • iWiebe
    Utrecht, The Netherlands1,099 contributions
    Fine example of non cave buildings around the Petra complex. Built in the post Nabataean era and worth a slight detour from the main road.
    Written 17 November 2020
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  • iWiebe
    Utrecht, The Netherlands1,099 contributions
    The combination of colours in the rock facade makes this a very nice place to visit. It's a short way up from the main road.
    Written 17 November 2020
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