“Petra was one of the highlights in my year traveling, no words can describe the moment you cross the Siq and see The Treasury for the first time.”
– illustration by Alicia Aradilla, a travel lover and illustrator who likes to paint every place she visits
In 2017, Alicia left everything behind to travel around the world and discover different places through her watercolor illustrations and travel diaries. Alicia has visited almost twenty countries and has done more than 700 illustrations.
The UNESCO world heritage site of Petra is the most popular destination in Jordan. Also known as the ‘Rose City’, this archaeological site dates back to 300 BC. It was once the lively capital of the Nabataean Kingdom and had around 20,000 inhabitants at its peak. Surrounded by canyons and mountains, Petra has a surreal desert landscape.
Upon reaching the site through a narrow gorge known as al-Siq, you will get the first glimpse of Petra – the temple of Al-Khazneh (the Treasury). Though you cannot go inside the Treasury, it makes a perfect backdrop to click some of the most iconic photographs of Petra.
The closest town to Petra is Wadi Musa, which exists mainly to service tourists and has a few accommodation and eating options.
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