It’s hardly a secret that a lot of tourists visit Petra in the Jordanian desert every single day.
But… luckily that dosn’t mean that it’s not possible to get a little solitude out there in the red sand.
It’s actually possible to get one of the ancient city’s most famous attractions all to yourself.
How to do it? Well, read on.
All alone at the Treasury
It’s really not that hard. All you need is an alarm clock and the will to get up pretty early in the morning.
The entrance to Petra opens every morning at 6 am. No one gets there that early – well, except you of course.
When Hobo Planet visited the ancient city built by the Nabataeans, not even the staff showed up at the ticket office until a quarter past six – and then the computer needed an additional ten minutes to start up.
But as the clock got closer and closer to half past six we were still the only ones there.
Walking to Petra
After getting the tickets it’s a bit of a walk to the Treasury or Al Khazneh as it is known locally.
From the entrance there’s a brief walk to the beginning of the ‘siq’ – a narrow two kilometer long passageway carved by water in the red sandstone.
The siq leads to Petra, and when you exit the siq you find yourself right in front of the Treasury – and it’s all yours.
So go crazy with the camera and get lots of shots without all the other tourists – and enjoy being all alone with one of the world’s seven wonders. It’s truly amazing.
The sun rising over the Treasury
This early in the day the sun’s rays havn’t reached the impressing carved facade, so when all the pictures and selfies are shot take a seat at one of the small benches and watch the shadow on the ancient monument get smaller and smaller as the sun rises.
Slowly more people will arrive and after a while it’s time to go further in to the city of Petra. If you wait too long you’ll end up in endless lines of tourists in big groups.
If the morning time was not enough alone time with the Treasury, try to be there again as close to closing time as possible. In Hobo Planet’s experience there’s a bit more people at this time than in the morning – but it’s nothing compared to the middle of the day.
In the summer Petra closes at 6 pm. In the winter it’s 4 pm.
Entrance is 50 JOD (around US$73) if you spend a night in Jordan. If you are not spending a night in the country the entrance fee nearly doubles to 90 JOD (aroung US$131).
You can read more about entrance fees here.
Depending on where in Wadi Musa you stay it’s possible to walk to the entrance. A taxi is also a possibility. Just remember to arrange it the day before with your hotel.
Most hotels also offers lunch bags for your day in Petra.