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12 Insider Travel Tips for Visiting Petra

Ad Deir in ancient city Petra, Jordan. Monastery

“Snakes…why’d it have to be snakes?!” – just kidding. For all those Indiana Jones fans, a trip to one of the new seven “wonders of the world” is a dream come true.

Ad Deir in ancient city Petra, Jordan. Monastery
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Of course, a trip to Petra is far more than a movie set. It’s home to priceless ancient ruins, thousands of years of world history, and vibrant Beoudin culture.

However exciting, getting to Petra can be intimidating for even the most experienced travelers. To make your trip go smoothly, we’ve compiled 12 travel tips to ensure your trip to Petra is your greatest adventure yet.

Insider Travel Tips for Visiting Petra

Before exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site, let our insider travel tips serve as your guiding light. These tips will surely equip you with the knowledge to navigate the rose-red city with the ease and excitement of a seasoned explorer.

1. When to Visit Petra, Jordan

Tourists exploring Petra, Jordan attractionsTourists exploring Petra, Jordan attractions
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Whenever you choose to visit Jordan, a stop at Petra must be on your itinerary. The best time to visit Petra is in the spring and fall—specifically, March-May and September-November.

The temperature is comfortably cool during these periods, allowing you to take full advantage of Petra’s jaw-dropping sights without drenching yourself in sweat. The only downside of visiting during the spring and fall is that, for obvious reasons, it is the most crowded time of year to visit.

To fully experience all the area has to offer, we suggest booking a Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea 2-Day Tour that starts in the capital city of Amman.

2. What to Pack for Visiting Petra

Al-Khazneh rock-cut tombs in Petra, JordanAl-Khazneh rock-cut tombs in Petra, Jordan
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Embarking on a journey to Petra requires thoughtful preparation to ensure a comfortable experience. The ancient city, carved into rose-red cliffs, demands more than just a sense of adventure; it calls for practical packing.

In the following list, we’ll suggest some essentials that will serve as your toolkit for navigating and appreciating this UNESCO World Heritage site to the fullest.

1. Hiking Shoes

If you’re planning on climbing the 850+ stairs up to the monastery or making your way up any of the advanced routes, you’re going to need a pair of decent hiking shoes. I’ve brought the Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Amped Hiking Boot on dozens of hiking trips throughout the world, and they’ve stood the test of time and terrain. Plus, they won’t break the bank.

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