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Petra - the fabled "rose red city, half as old as time" - is a well known ancient Nabataean settlement in the south of Jordan.
The capital of the Nabataean kingdom from the 6th century BC or so, the kingdom was absorbed into the Roman Empire in AD 106 and the Romans continued to expand it. Abandoned for unclear reasons several centuries later, the mighty ruins have been sporadically occupied by Christians, Arabs, Crusaders and visited by the occasional tourist ever since.
By far Jordan's largest — unkinder souls might say "only" — tourist attraction, the site was famously used for filming Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, copies of which play on repeat in all the hotels and guesthouses in the neighboring boomtown of Wadi Musa.
The minibus from Wadi Rum costs 3JD each and 1JD for a big bag. It takes 1.5 hours to get to Petra. Have the Rum Guesthouse or your tour operator call the bus owner the day before to arrange an exact time for pick up. The bus usually leaves from Wadi Rum at 8:30 in the morning, but may be delayed due to weather or tour groups coming the other way.
Taxi is also a viable option - For 25 JD you may be able to get a private taxi from Amman to Petra and back, including the driver waiting around for 6 hours. It would cost 24 JD for the two to travel by JETT bus, and allow you to see almost the entire site in an (exhausting) day trip.
The only modes of transport allowed within Petra are on foot and by camel. Many camel owners await tourists at the entrance to the Siq, be prepared to bargain furiously and don't pay more than 10 dinar. there are also horse drawn buggies.
Camel or donkey transport should be seriously considered - it is a 2.5 to 3 hour walk uphill to get all the way to the "monastery" (which is definitely worth the effort!). However if you are reasonably fit and it is not summertime the walk is quite nice.
All of the Petra is covered by an archaeological park, which charges steep fees of JD 20/25/30 for 1/2/3 day passes. Buy tickets at the Visitor's Center at the entrance to the park, not from dubious scalpers around town! If you've made the effort to get here, it's strongly recommended and better value that you get at least a two-day ticket. You can also hire a guide from JD 10 and up here, depending on what you want to see.
For the terminally energetic, there are a number of popular hikes around Petra.
Also, if not recommended, it is possible to buy Roman and Nabataean coins.
Eat & Drink
There is only one restaurant in all Petra, at the far end of the outer Siq, which does a roaring trade despite the steep prices. It also has the valley's monopoly on beer.
For drinks hot and cold, there are a number of stalls and vendors scattered throughout the area.
There is a lack of shade in the ruins, and you can expect to go through at least 4 litres of water in a day (and more if you can carry or afford it). If you want, you can spend 6 JD on the most expensive water in Jordan at the top of the mountain.
There is a bevy of accommodation in Wadi Musa, ranging from cheap backpacker guesthouses to five-star hotels. It is possible to get a night for 5-10 JD and a decent backpackers right by the sight.