An obvious stop on any itinerary, the monuments are pretty fantastic. A little disappointing to see all the gift shops adjacent to the sights, but I suppose that's to be expected nowadays at most places of tourism.
If you get there early in the morning, by 8AM, you beat the tour groups and can experience all aspects of the site, without rushing, in a single day. Be prepared for the expensive entrance fee (50 JD if I remember correctly...) We stayed two nights but found this unnecessary in a fast-paced trip. Eat at the Petra Butcher Shop near the Saba'a hotel (5 minutes walk).
You can spend a few hours hiring a donkey/horse/camel and tour to the Treasury and Monastery, or a full day exploring most of the site on foot.
We spent a full two days walking all of the site, exploring many caves and the other interesting sites in the village (with children), and thoroughly enjoyed it. Opt for more time (1-2 days) for the full Petra adventure.
The main attraction is the ancient city of Petra itself, and this location is a great place for easily accessing all this area has to offer.
The ruins are definitely a 'must see' for those with an interest in historical or cultural parts of the world. Go in the spring or autumn months to avoid the heat, and be prepared to spend many hours walking through the wadis and mountains to get the best views of the area.
Must visit Petra and Petra by Night, spend at least 2 full days at Petra as it is enormous. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
The historic sites in and around Petra are a must see. Be prepared for some walking, but it is definetly worth the effort.
The people in Petra are hunger for money from travelers. We went to a restaurant and ordered a 5 JD dish and a pepsi.
The price of the 200 ml pepsi was 2 JD !!! I will not recommend anybody stay overnight in Petra. If they have to stay overnight it would be much better if they stay in Wadi Musa.
Overpriced and over rated. Probably worth seeing but not as good as many other historical sites around the world.
Admission at US$50 per person for one day is excessive. Then at our age you need a carriage to avoid walking several kilometers - again expensive. To get to the Monastry you need to be fit to climb over 800 stone steps or pay through the nose for a donkey or mule for a very scary trip - especially down hill.
The City of Wadi Musa is strongly influenced by the presence of Petra. It is located in the middle of mountains.
Do not miss the view during sunrise and sunset, it is amazing. Local peoples are very helpful but not really good in English.
It is one of the seven wonders that needs to be visited in a life time. Bring water and great walking shoes.
Local ppl are very friendly and nice!
I visited Petra and Jordan for a quick 5 day vacation, traveling solo. The people of Jordan are wonderful.
Petra is great as well. While staying in Petra I had a room at the Petra Palace, it was cheap (less that $40.00) USD per night. I ate mostly at the 7 Wonders Pizza Place. Cheap and Good. I even had tea with one of the employees at his home, excellent hospitality. You can get a SIM card for your cell phone in main city (up the hill), get a data plan and upload all the great pics immediately for your friends and family back home.