DAY 12 – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14: PETRA, WADI RUM
Today was a great day here in Jordan. The two sites we visited displayed the full beauty of Gods unique creation. The weather was perfect at Petra, with a chilly morning yet it warmed up later in the day. At Wadi Rum it actually showered briefly (very odd), but nothing more than this.
After a full breakfast at this beautiful 5 star hotel located on the slopes of Wadi Musa, we loaded up our buses and left for the site of Petra at around 7 a.m. The early start provided an opportunity to experience the Siq (canyon) without the large crowds. Most of us walked through this beautiful canyon down to the Treasury, while some took the horse-drawn carriage ride. The high walls of this Siq made the walk spectacular!
After arriving at the Treasury (or Al-Khazneh, the tomb of Aretas III or IV, and made famous by the 3rd Indiana Jones movie), we began walking into the site of Petra. Along the way, we saw the Royal Tombs, the Roman theater, and 100’s of other tombs cut into the red sandstone. Around every corner was a spectacular view! Further into the site, we walked on the Roman street. Many in the group enjoyed an optional walk to the Monastery Tomb at the far western end of Petra. On the walk back, others took a back path to the top of the High Place.
On our own, we all walked back (or carriaged back) to the visitor center. What an amazing experience it was!
“Words just don’t express the amazing awe and beauty of Petra today! While I learned about the Nabateans who lived here, more stunning to me was the beauty of the red rock and sandstone. Around every next corner there was another great photo. I think I took 300 today alone.” – Tour Member-
Boarding the buses, we drove partly on the King’s Highway and then later back on the Desert Highway en route to Wadi Rum. This area was made famous by the Brit Sir Lawrence Arabia during the war involving the Ottoman Turks and the Bedouins. Here we enjoyed some jeep rides into the desert. The sunset was very nice too. The jeeps then took us directly to Captains, our “Bedouin-style” tent hotel. Each of us got our own private tent. Our dinner and entertainment was unique as well, with the meat prepared underground in coals. Following dinner, we enjoyed a camp-fire and a brief devotional time under the stars. We retired for the evening early.
Today was a unique and remarkable day!