March to May is peak tourist season in Petra and for good reason. Hiking is at its safest, the wadis are seamed with prolific pink-flowering oleander, and climbs to the High Places are accompanied by spears of flowering aloe.
Mid-October to the end of November, Petra’s second high season, offers a last chance to visit in good weather before rains make some routes off limits.
Bitterly cold by night with bright blue skies by day, Petra is almost empty in winter, allowing for a more intimate engagement with the ‘Pink City’. This is a good time to catch the best bargains in Wadi Musa hotels.