Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Petra is truly one of the splendors of the world, and home to some 30,000 people some 2,000 years ago. The Nabataeans were invaded twice by Herod the Great who after 31 BC controlled a large portion of their territory. Later, trade routes changed and after the Muslim invasion of the 7th century Petra became a forgotten outpost. In the 19th century it was discovered again and is now included in the new Seven Wonders of the World.
We were up early to get in by 6 AM to avoid the dreaded tour busses. The Common picture of Petra is the Treasury but there is much more. There are over 800 sites and 500 tombs in this large area and many require a long climb. It would take several days to just see the main points so with one day we were limited. It was great early in the morning but when the tour busses arrived the canyon gets crowded.
Tomorrow we head to the Dead Sea and on to Mount Nebo where we will bush camp. There will be no wi-fi until to Damascus, and that can be a problem. My last time there kept getting "not allowed" when trying to get on some web sites, including my own.