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I threatened earlier a photo essay of Jordan was on the way, well now I’m following through. Please take the photos in the context of my article Petra Lives up to Expectations, and be prepared for an upcoming wild video of my donkey into the surrounding mountains. Petra is one place that I can whole heartily recommend to anyone. If it’s not currently in your bucket list, throw it in and make sure it’s on top.

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Road to Petra Jordan

The road to Petra starts out wide and open, but still filled with ancient monuments.

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Siq Petra Jordan

The Siq is a long canyon with steep sides forcing you to accept your place in the Universe.

The Siq Walls Petra Jordan

The canyon walls allow you but a sliver, pressing you forward.

Ancient Statues Petra Jordan

The walls of the Siq hide many secrets including this ancient carving of a camel and its merchant.

Petra Jordan Treasury through the Canyon

Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of the Treasury.

Pretra Treasury in sand storm

The swirling winds whip up the sand somehow making the area even more magical.

Buried Tombs Petra Jordan

The constant winds and infrequent rains have covered the bases of most tombs up to 15 feet or more.

Camel ride Petra Jordan

Its not all ancient monuments. The locals rent out camels and donkeys to tour the area.

Tombs of Common Soliders Petra Jordan

Not all of the tombs in Petra were elaborate. These were made for important merchants and soldiers.

Royal Tombs Petra Jordan

Of course the mountains are also dotted with the tombs of royalty.

Light and Shadows in Petra Jordan

Desert sun and dark tombs.

Camels hidden city of Petra Jordan

The burial area is lost to the sands as we make out way to the hidden Monastery.

Donkey Negotiataions Petra Jordan

If you're running out of time use a donkey to reach the Monastery high up in the mountains. While it only costs 5 dinars (about $8), you have to negotiate your way through unhappy donkey handlers for choosing others over them.

Donkey Trip Petra Jordan

The path up the mountain is steep but exhilarating.

Todd of Todd's Wanderings on a Donkey

I was more than content on my donkey looking out from the top

Monestary Petra Jordan

As you round a corner the force of the Monastery overwhelms you.

There is of course way more to see in Petra. These are but a few of my pictures from a full day spent exploring the city. However, to truly see the full ruins you need about 3 days. A journey at night with the Treasury lit by candles is another sight not to miss. I couldn’t show you everything or you might not be tempted enough to visit!

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34 Responses to “Petra Jordan Photo Essay: A Walk Through History”

  1. EstelleNo Gravatar says:

    My husband is to be in Petra today so I was exploring and trying to learn a bit about the area.
    Love your pictures, they make me wish I was with him.

  2. This is a beautiful collection of photos. I was there several years ago and they brought back great
    memories. The Siq (the passage though the mountain to Petra) is a magnificent place in itself and
    sets the visitor up for Petra at the other end of the channel. There are other places like the Siq which
    while they don’t have the Treasury waiting for you at the other end do have a specialness that is hard to describe. One such place is Spooky Passage Utah. You can google that site and several other
    slot canyons or passageways in Southern Utah.

  3. Oh wow, Todd – I can totally see why this made your 7 links list as the “Most Beautiful” post, these pictures are amazing and I can only imagine how much better it was actually *being* there yourself. As usual, thanks for taking us along for the ride – I really enjoyed reading this and seeing your photos.


  4. JodiNo Gravatar says:

    Petra looks simply awe inspiring. Hope to experience it really soon!

  5. MaggieNo Gravatar says:

    Lovely images. Petra exceeded my expectations too. I wish I had known the monastery was so far away. I didn’t ride a donkey and I was running out of time, so I had to jog the trail. At the end I was exhausted — but happy.

  6. FedericoNo Gravatar says:

    Greap photos Todd! I still haven’t made it to Petra, one of those places I really want to go to sometime soon
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  7. natenialeNo Gravatar says:

    Wow! Amazing. Now I feel like going there!
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  8. DinaNo Gravatar says:

    Petra is definitely in my bucket list. This place looks unbelievable in the photographs, and I want to see it with my own eyes. Great photos, Todd!
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  9. RebeccaNo Gravatar says:

    What an amazing place. I’m still boggled by how someone can create such a place.
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  10. Kyle MorganNo Gravatar says:

    You have some amazing photos of Petra, Todd! I can only imagine the feeling you had standing in front of the monastery, I didn’t realize how large it was until I noticed the person in front of it!
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  11. The EnvoyNo Gravatar says:

    Beautiful pictures. Petra’s been in my mind since Indie Jones and the Lost Ark. Happy New Year, Todd!
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  12. ReneeNo Gravatar says:

    Times like these makes me glad to be alive. Thank you for sharing these with us, Todd. My Bucket List grows by the day……
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  13. DebNo Gravatar says:

    Nice photos, Petra has been high on our list of places to go. I am looking forward to your video on the donkey ride.
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  14. LauraNo Gravatar says:

    Great photo essay Todd! It is an amazing place – your essay makes me wanna go back!! Happy new year to you and Kay xxx

  15. Stunning! One word. Only. Nothing more need be said. Except, perhaps, thank you.
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  16. Jozef MaxtedNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, after your last Petra post I thought Petra looked like a pretty awesome place to visit, but after this Petra has become firmly cemented at the top of my to go list! haha thanks better get saving ;p
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  17. Love the photos. It must be absolutely awe inspiring each step you take! Will get there some day…

  18. Petra looks amazing. I’ve always wanted to visit. After this photo essay, I want to go even more! It’s definitely on my list of must-see destinations.

  19. ConnieNo Gravatar says:

    The Siq was my favorite part of Petra! It’s just so amazing to think that it was carved out and kept the ancient city hidden for so long! Gorgeous photos! They certainly took me back to the few days I spent there last year.

    • Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

      Hey Connie. Carved out?? We were told by our guide that it was the result of an earthquake thousands of years ago. Now I’m going to have to do some more research.

      • ConnieNo Gravatar says:

        Whoops! You’re totally right! Sorry, I was thinking of something else. What, I have absolutely no idea! Perhaps I thought carved out, as in by erosion? Really, I have no idea. I feel like such a loser! =) This will teach me to start commenting on blogs BEFORE I’ve had my morning coffee!

        Either way, the Siq is still impressive!

  20. AmandaNo Gravatar says:

    Wow! I’ve been eagerly awaiting this post since reading your first one about Petra, and this definitely didn’t disappoint! It looks like such an amazing site. I love all the shots in the narrow canyon, and of course the ones of the donkeys and camels!

    Can’t wait to see that video…
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    • Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

      Thanks Amanda :) I`ll get the video out soon. Just so many things to post these days! I think I need to start writing for more outside publications just to keep all the experiences flowing out. Donkey ride on its way!

  21. Sarah WuNo Gravatar says:

    Wow beautiful place. It also kind of remind me of the Arizona Antelope Canyon too.
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    • Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

      If it’s anything like the Siq then it looks like I’ll have to make a trip to Arizona. I have to admit that I’m much less well traveled in the US itself.

  22. KatrinaNo Gravatar says:

    What Nicole said. The picture with the sand swirls is my favorite! Petra was already on my list, but it has now been bumped up several notches. Thanks so much for posting!
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    • Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you for the nice comment! and Nicole as well. We had a great day that was a mix of sand storms and the rain that washed away the dust and let us see the tombs nice and clean.

  23. NicoleNo Gravatar says:

    The photo of the Treasury with the swirling sand is quite magical. Petra is definitely on my bucket list!
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