Al-Beidha - Little Petra
Quiet, hidden away and very much true to its name, this Little Petra, locally known as Al-Beidha, is a small representation of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra in Jordan. Here you walk along a white sandy road that leads to its own Siq towards what is said to be the best view in the world.
Although Little Petra doesn’t usually form part of a classical tour of Jordan, it definitely serves as the perfect introduction of the real deal. So it is highly recommended to visit this site before stepping into the lost word just a short ride further. The area is very free from the usual hustle and bustle of tourists and vendors. Early mornings you will find that you may be the only ones in the area. This contributes to the very different atmosphere that one rarely experiences in overcrowded touristic sites.
Not only is it a replica of Petra, it also houses the only surviving frescos that date back over two thousand years, in this desert area. You can freely climb through the caves and rock openings. The highlight is climbing up about three meters of steps to see the most magnificent views of Wadi Musa, the real Petra. The Nabatean influence is evident and a proper guide will be able to explain and illustrate how camel caravans made their way through these deserts many years ago.
The name often suggests that it would be a suitable site for children to enjoy, which is true, but it is definitely a site that should be visited by young and old. The trek up to the panoramic view should definitely be on the wish list for any photographer, especially during sunrise and sunset.
It is recommended to make use of a guide who will interpret the rock carvings and various cisterns that make up the history of the place. Little Petra is free to enter and the nearby area has magnificent campsites that can be booked for overnight stays.