20.05.2016 - 20.05.2016
Little Petra, a.k.a Al Beidha, a.k.a. Siq al Barid, is a 10 minute drive from Petra town.
Entry is free of charge, but as I later realized, there is always someone trying to make you part with your money in Jordan, either by offering services as a guide or even just plain cheating. On my visit, a local man of dubious character asked to check my tickets for Petra in order to enter Little Petra!
Beware of such scams in Jordan!
This hike should take no more than 2 hours, and starts at the entrance, where the green marker is in the map below.
The red line shows the main route.
The yellow marker shows where the gorge narrows but it is still passable, opening up to a viewpoint, which is marked by the red icon.
The blue route is an alternative for those who don't mind some rock scrambling and with more time to spare, making the hike a loop.
Just past the entrance, you will see the Siq al Barid Temple
Next is The Painted House:
One could spend a considerable amount of time here, as there are many staircases to climb and rooms to explore.
At the end of the gorge is a very narrow opening with staircases hewn from rock, climb up and you will be greeted by this view:
We were just in time for sunset.
This is the way back down from the viewpoint:
Some other sights around Little Petra:
Poor man's Petra? No, Little Petra is worth a visit on it's own or as a precursor to it's more famous big brother, Petra.