Saturday, August 4, 2012


This place is magnificent and massive. I'm going to take a quite a few posts just to put up pictures of different places in the complex and maybe explain a thing or two, because it is not a place that can be summed up so quickly. It must be on a similar scale to the pyramids. You look up at some towering entrance-way and scratch your head and say 'dang, that is incredible, how the heck did they build that thing?' I spent two full days meandering desert and canyons to the various tombs and structures constructed by the Nabataeans thousands of years ago, marveling at their grandiosity. Aside from the still standing monuments, just walking around and seeing thousands of fallen and piled monoliths, ruins of former structures, makes you wonder what this place was like before the earthquakes. It must have been a bustling and wealthy city. The colors of the rocks are hundreds of brilliant shades of red and orange, which draw a sharp contrast to the vast and cloudless blue sky and blend with the barren desert valley landscape.

Before you even get into the Petra complex, mega structures start, and just get more impressive as you go on.

This road is at least 1 km or more, leading to the entrance to Petra valley. I walked it the first day but then took a donkey back up after 8 hours of solid walking. In the beginning I was all gung-ho and exited and wanted to walk it all, but by the end I was saying 'Surre, I'll pay a dollar or two for a ride up this'. My feet were dead after the first day.

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