Worth a Trip: A Dozen Unusual Ways to Enjoy Petra

  • Enter Petra via the narrow Wadi Muthlim instead of the Siq (best kept for the second day of a visit; often closed).
  • Gain an eagle's-eye view of the Treasury from a path above the Royal Tombs.
  • Gallop across a plateau on horseback, high above the Treasury.
  • Descend from the High Place of Sacrifice via the garden valley of Wadi Farasa.
  • Take tea with one of the few remaining residents of Petra behind Al Habis.
  • Unfurl a portable feast in a triclinium, a banqueting hall for honouring the dead.
  • Hike with a guide from Little Petra along the back trail to the Monastery.
  • Find a secret garden beyond the Siq at Little Petra.
  • Saddle up a donkey for the two-day hike to Sabra via Wadi Tibn.
  • Leave Petra with the Bdoul Bedouin via the road to Umm Sayoun.
  • Walk between Umm Sayoun and Wadi Musa for a sublime view of Petra at sunset.
  • Stop at the viewpoint on the scenic road to Tayyibeh for the ultimate Petra panorama.