We woke up nice and early, took advantage of the hotel buffet and then made the now familiar 30 minute walk through the Siq towards the Treasury. We were back for a final time to explore Petra.
Unlike the previous day where we roamed the entire city, this time we had a clear purpose – to reach the high point of sacrifice.
The high point of sacrifice trail is marked on the map with a yellow line. To reach the start you go past the Treasury, walk down the street of facades and then take a left off the Main Street. You can see a series of steps leading high up the mountain.
Climbing up these steep steps was hard in the scorching heat. After 10 minutes, we were delighted to enter a shaded valley with a nice breeze before the climb continued.
One hour of hiking later we reached the summit. Here, we were treated to stunning panoramic views of Petra and beyond. As the name suggests, this was were the sacrifice of animals used to take place. We found some shade around the summit and sat for around 30 mins, taking in the views.
It was now sadly time to say goodbye to Petra. We retraced our steps back down the path, passing the awe inspiring Treasury for a final time and heading back through the Siq. We grabbed some much needed lunch on the high street of Wadi Musa (delicious falafel sandwich for 2 jd).
We were then greeted by our driver for the next stage of our adventure – Little Petra. The road from Wadi Musa to Little Petra is breathtaking and goes through some local Bedouin villages. You can also reach the back entrance to Petra on this road, where you can hike to the Monastery (it’s apparently a far shorter hike than from the main entrance). Some taxi drivers will offer to take you here from Wadi Musa to do this hike, but be careful of unlicensed guides. After taking in the views, we arrived at Little Petra.
Little Petra as the name suggests is similar to Petra, with its own Siq and similar rock carved facades.
Little Petra is much quieter and free to enter. Unlike its bigger brother, it can be explored in around 30 mins.
We them continued our journey to Wadi Rum Desert. Again, the view was spectacular and our driver Ali, who is a Bedouin pointed out all the local features. He took us to a service station where they sold souvenirs to raise funds for local charities with a roof terrace overlooking the mountains.
After driving higher and higher into the hills we then descended, getting our fist look at the desert. Wadi Rum means Moon Desert and it certainly felt like landing on another planet as we took in the red rocks.
We came off the main highway and down a desert road for about 10km. We arrived at the house of Maher and his family, who owned and ran the desert camp we would be staying at, named Rum Angel. Maher gave us tea to drink and we chatted to him and his family; as well as some other guests, we discussed all sorts, from Bedouin life, his family to English football. We then got a jeep ride to our camp for the next two nights in the heart of the desert.