The second day of our Eid al Adha Jordanian adventure didn’t have a great start. When we landed in Jordan the airplane pilot reminded us that it was daylight savings (we don’t change time in the UAE) and to switch our clocks back one hour. So that night, when we went to sleep we set our alarm for 6:30am in order to be ready to meet our driver at 7:30am. Unfortunatly, we later found out, Jordan decided not to switch their clocks back. So, just as my alarm was going off, the front desk called to tell us our driver was waiting. I explained that we were scheduled at 7:30am and that is was 6:30am, and he said, no ma’am I’m sorry it is 7:30am.
Luckily we were basically ready to go, we just grabbed some snacks from the breakfast buffet and headed out. Our first stop was Petra. What an amazing, wonderful and beautiful place. I could have spent all day there! We had just about four hours to explore the area and only saw about half of it. Petra is an ancient city that is basically built into the rock. It is believed the area was inhabited over 200,000 years ago. The Petra Trust has some good information if you are interested. Most of what is left are tombs, but the magnificent Treasury building is still prominent. In order to get into the main part of the ancient city travelers must walk down the siq. Which is basically a narrow valley between sheer rock walls.
Then you arrive at the Treasury, which might be well known to Indiana Jones fans. It is magnificent! The colors of the rock are amazing, especially those inside (though you can only view from a distance).
After the Treasury you continue farther into the city, where homes and businesses once stood. There are lots of tombs, including the Royal Tombs, and the Roman Theater and much more.
It was such an amazing place, I was sad to leave, especially since we didn’t get to see everything. But we had to get on to our next tour, a 4×4 tour of Wadi Rum (including a picture perfect sunset).
When we arrived at Wadi Rum we met our guide, Ali. Ali and his family run a tour company out of Wadi Rum called Wild Wadi Rum. Ali told us that his family has inhabited the area of Wadi Rum for centuries. They are true Bedouins, continuing to teach their children (and guests) the ways of the Bedouins. Ali was a wonderful guide, showing us some special places in the area and taking us to a breath-taking spot to view the sunset.
It was such a wonderful day. But a little sad, because I would have liked to stay longer in both locations. However, as we told Ali as our trip was winding down, this was just taste test. Now I know what I’ll do when I return to Jordan.