Petra World Heritage Site
The ancient capital city of the Nabataean people, which was also recently proclaimed as one of the new seven wonders of the world for its ancient ruins, is the Petra World Heritage Site. It is one of those places where you have the freedom to explore the amazing time warp back into ancient history.
The site is accessible and safe, and what is even more significant is that unlike ancient sites in other countries, the Jordanian government hasn’t modernized it with all forms of light shows and modern interventions. Having said this, some of the trails are somewhat dangerous as rails have not been placed in order to maintain the natural rocks and carvings.
Although one of the modern wonders of the world, it is similar to the one lasting ancient wonder of the world – the Giza Pyramids in Egypt – where it all was built by humans, most likely with very little equipment. The craftsmanship that went into the Treasury and Monastery are unbelievable. The mere size of these structures and how deep they have been built into the rocks add to the significant hand labor that went into it.
One of the sites within the Petra World Heritage Site that not many people know of or go to is the crusader castle built in 1115 AD, which lies on mount Al Habis. The view from the castle over Petra is exquisite and the trek up there is well worth the photo opportunities.
Most classical tours to Jordan offer people two days in Petra, but if you have spare time, purchase the three day ticket that costs ten Jordanian Dinars, and spend as much time on those three days to explore every corner of this magnificent ancient city. It is advised to have a well informed guide with you one the first or second day so that he or she can show all the most significant temples, tombs and carvings. It leaves you with another day to spare to trek up to the High Places of Sacrifice.