Jordan Travel Blog: City Of Petra

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A while back I shared my Jordan travel blog and talked about what a stunning kingdom it is. For most people, the only thing they know about Jordan is Petra. Inducted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, Petra really started to gain popularity in 2007 when it was voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

The city of Petra was built as early as 312BC by the Nabataeans, later ruled by the Romans, saw a decline during the Byzantine era, and Lawrence of Arabia helped lead the people of Petra against the Ottoman Regime; with so much history I’m glad that we had a local guide with Intrepid travel.

Petra truly is an amazing place, you could spend an entire day here and not see everything, and of course there is much more to it than just Indiana Jones.

Here’s my Petra travel blog through pictures.

Petra is hidden within a valley

I knew the city of Petra was going to be great, look how happy the locals are


Even the locals take a moment to admire the scenery

Even the locals take a moment to admire the scenery


Our local guide explained the history of Petra to us

Our local guide gave us a detailed history lesson


Aqueducts are carved into the walls so water can be collected

Here’s how they gathered water. Petra is in a desert afterall


As you exit the Siq, the treasury appears before you

This scene was made famous by Indiana Jones


Known as the treasury it

Our jaws dropped when we finally saw its full beauty


Camels are everywhere since many travelers get too tired to walk

Camels are everywhere since many travelers get too tired to walk


Just taking a selfie with a camel

Our brave friend Katherine taking a camel selfie


This donkey looks like he's up to no good

Donkeys are available too but it’s not recommended to ride them. This one is up to no good


caves are everywhere

The homes were carved right into the mountains


A theatre is built right into the side of the mountains

They even built a there for gatherings


Royal tombs are located on site

The Royal tombs of Petra


A New Zealand woman married a bedouin and still lives in Jordan

Marguerite van Geldermalsen came to Jordan in 1978 and married a Bedouin, she still lives nearby


During the Roman rue they built a grand boulevard

When the Romans ruled they built a grand boulevard


excavations are still taking place

Petra is so big that they are still excavating some parts


Deep within Petra is a hidden Monastery

When you think you’ve made it to the end, there’s an 850 step climb to the Monastery


The monastery rewards you if you're able to make it to the top

It’s worth the climb


Jordan's flag flies proudly

You’ve made it to the top, relax a little


If you get tired you can take a donkey back but it's not advised

Don’t get tempted to take a donkey back down


A look at Petra from above, it's completely hidden

Somewhere in there is Petra

About Barry Choi

Barry Choi is a Toronto-based personal finance and travel expert who frequently makes media appearances. His blog Money We Have is one of Canada’s most trusted sources when it comes to money and travel. You can find him on Twitter:@barrychoi


  1. Virna on May 22, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    Wow, such stunning photos….thanks for sharing Barry.

    • Barry Choi on May 22, 2015 at 9:50 AM


      Great place and super safe

  2. Dan @ Our Big Fat Wallet on May 24, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Nice pics, I’ve heard some donkeys can be really stubborn and aren’t recommend for tourists to ride. Great pics, looks like somewhere I’d like to visit someday

    • Barry Choi on May 24, 2015 at 6:55 PM


      Ha yeah they can be stubborn, and they aren’t treated well so best to avoid riding them. Definitely a place worth checking out.

  3. Maddison on April 17, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Hi Barry did you ever feel unsafe? Would it be safe for a 18 year old with her father to go?

    • Barry Choi on April 17, 2016 at 8:45 PM


      Jordan was actually MUCH safer than I thought it would be. Never felt unsafe, very friendly people, even at night we felt fine. (I travelled with my wife). If you have any specific questions e-mail me via my contact page or on Twitter @barrychoi

  4. rupal a patel on April 17, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Thanks Barry. I am thinking of going to Jordan in May, 2 girls travelling on our own. Any advice? Safety concerns?

    • Barry Choi on April 17, 2016 at 10:36 PM

      rupal a patel,

      I travelled with my wife there when I was in my early 30’s. Although we were only alone together for a short while, everyone we ran into was friendly, and we never felt unsafe. I also know of a few solo female travellers who went to Jordan had a great time.

      That being said, use standard common travel sense. Also note that hiring local guides / drivers is pretty cheap.

  5. rupal a patel on April 18, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Thanks Barry. Do you know of anyone travelling there this year?

    • Barry Choi on April 18, 2016 at 7:55 PM

      rupal a patel,

      I know of solo female travellers and ones who travelled to Jordan in the last year and felt very safe. Intrepid travel also tells me that Jordan is still one of their most popular destinations.

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