21.05.2016 - 21.05.2016
While I was researching for my Petra trip, I found it hard to find detailed online maps and guides, hope this will help if you are planning to visit.
First off, Petra is huge, and there are a number of route options, depending on how much you like hiking, and how much you want to see.
Here is a map of Petra, taken from the visitor's centre:
You might want to consider purchasing the Jordan Pass to save some money, since Jordan is an expensive country to visit in general.
I will split our visit, which took 1 full day, into 3 parts:
Leg 1: Visitor's Centre -> Treasury -> Street of Facades -> Theatre & Royal Tombs
This would be the minimum for a visit to Petra if you plan to spend half a day or a leisurely full day here. There is only one trail to follow and the biggest challenge would be dodging the locals hawking horse/donkey/camel rides and souvenirs.
From the Visitor's Centre to the siq (narrow gorge), you will be greeted (harassed?) by men offering horse rides to the entrance.
Be aware that:
1. A horse ride is no quicker than walking by foot.
2. The horse ride is only up to the entrance of the siq (about 1km from the visitor's centre) and you will need to another ride to go further.
3. Prices vary, 3JD might be a starting price but can be bargained to 1JD.
Personally, I preferred to walk, and take in the sights:
Once in the siq, it is an easy walk (about 600m) on paved road to the Treasury:
The Treasury, the most recognizable monument in Petra:
Once past the Treasury, you will see the Street of Facades.
Walk straight towards the Theatre and Royal Tombs. This would make a perfectly good visit on it's own.
Leg 2: Street of Facades -> High Place of Sacrifice -> Roman Soldier's Tomb -> Qasr Al Bint
From the Street of Facades, you can veer off the main path and start climbing upwards.
You should be reasonably fit to attempt this trail.
The route is shown in yellow below.
The way up is on the left, just beside the stall/coffee shop you see in the bottom corner of the picture below:
Note that the way down is not past the High Place of Sacrifice. Double back and go past the Obelisk, and there is a trail down from there:
On the other side of the mountain is the Renaissance Tomb and Roman Soldier's Tomb.
Then you will need to cross an open area to get to Qasr Al Bint.
On the way, there is what seems like an entire township carved into the side of a mountain, as mad as that sounds!
Try to spot the jeep in the lower left corner of the photo.
Leg 3: Qasr Al Bint -> The Monastery
There are 2 restaurants near Qasr al Bint, which oddly to me serve buffet meals only, priced from 10JD to 14.5JD per person.
Food options are quite limited and prices bordering on extortionate in Petra, so it might be a good idea to bring your own lunch.
Again, you should be reasonably fit to attempt this trail as it is mostly uphill. The trail starts behind the Basin Restaurant (operated by Crowne Plaza)
In the vicinity of the Monastery are several viewpoints and a coffee shop for you to catch your breath.
On the way back, we visit the Colonnaded Street and Royal Tombs, too tired to wait for sunset, which would have been nice from the elevated viewpoint of the Royal Tombs.