much more than Petra (part 3)

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In 1985, the Petra Archaeological Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, and in 2007 it was named one of the new seven wonders of the world. This vast expanse of archeological wonder sits on 60 square km of enchanting views, immense carved facades and numerous hiking trails. 

So many people, when they hear Jordan, think immediately of Petra.  The rose-city is definitely the highlight of Petra and I have had this on my bucket list for many years and we are thrilled that we finally got a chance to fulfill this dream.

Entering the ticket area brings you to the trappings of visiting any site in Jordan...the stalls full of souvenirs. Since it was 7AM and the shop keepers were just opening up their individual areas we managed to get through and on our way without much hassle.  When you leave this commercial area you start the walk to the entrance of the Siq (a large crack in the mountain which is over a kilometer long). This walk could take you about 15 minutes unless you are like me and have to stop and inspect every rock face, cave and carving....our guide, Samir was very patient. Since it was very early in the morning there was quite a bit of shade which helped a great deal considering it was already 32 C.  Coming to the end of the Siq and having a glimpse of the Treasury is a moment that takes ones breath away.  Coming out into a large almost courtyard-like area, one is overwhelmed by the sight of this 40m tall facade.  Ornately carved into the side of the mountain this is the crown jewel in the cap of Petra.  As the sun creeps up the front of this rock face one can see the beautiful rose color coming to is a truly humbling experience. Between our guides amazing grasp of history and interesting folklore and our numerous picture taking, we spent 5 hours wandering the different trails below the Monastery.  The walk back, being uphill was longer and harder than the walk the sun had climbed and the shady areas were was time to check out the pool at the Petra Marriott and get ready for our hike to the Monastery the following day.