Getting There Petra
Visiting Petra is a journey through a lost city of ancient history, staggering architecture, and unparalleled charm. Petra is not a trip to rush, it is a place to linger, take a deep breath, and even meditate. 2000 Years back in time is what you will expect in "The Red Rose City "; Carved directly into vibrant red, white, pink, and sandstone cliff faces. Lost to the Western World from about the 14th century until the early 19th century. Today, Petra is one of the world’s largest and most important archaeological sites. .
Petra’s history goes back to prehistoric times, but it is most known for the Nabatean civilization that carved it and flourished in its rock-cleft alleys around 500 BC. Nabateans, an ancient Arab people, established Petra as their capital around the 6th century BC. Petra soon became a center for spice, silk, and incense trades, controlling the routes that ran from southern Arabia on to Palmyra in the Syrian Desert. Petra was later annexed to the Roman Empire and continued to thrive until a large earthquake in 363 AD destroyed much of the city in the 4th century AD.
On December 6, 1985, Petra was designated A World Heritage Site. Also, Petra was announced as one of the new seven wonders of the world during a star-studded event held on July 7, 2007 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Petra, the world wonder is located 120 km north of Aqaba, is undoubtedly Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction, and it is visited by tourists from all over the world. It can be reached easily by main roads from Amman (3.5hrs) and Aqaba (2hrs minutes). Car-hire and bus tours can be arranged through your hotel and travel agents .as for taxis prices they are published at Kind Hussein International Airport, South Wadi Araba boarder, and near Aqaba information center south of Al-Hammamat Atounisieh Street.