Petra via ‘The Back Door’! Good tracks go pleasantly down Wadi Ghurab amidst sandstone mountains guarding the approaches to Petra. This way follows a Nabataean route out of the valley and skirting round the final mountain on a natural rock terrace which has been ‘improved’ by the PAP for the safety of walkers. Even so, it still narrows slightly before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. Just beyond, carved into the cliff face, ‘The Monastery’ suddenly comes into view. (Bedouin café). Nabataean steps then lead down into ancient Petra, through which the route goes before exiting past ‘The Treasury’ and though the famous ‘Petra Siq’ to the shops, cafés and hotels of Wadi Musa.
Regular minibuses run between Wadi Musa and Amman (from Amman’s south bus station) and Ma’an, as well as a daily (but inconsistent) bus to Wadi Rum. One JETT bus a day also runs from Amman to Wadi Musa (6:30am) and back (late afternoon – around 4pm). From the JETT website (http://www.jett.com.jo), it is possible to buy return tickets from Amman.
Near Little Petra (Bedouin-style camps)
Wadi Musa has a wide variety of accommodations, from simple backpacker dives to 5-star resorts. Most can be booked online.
Eid Al-Azazmeh – 0779265511/0797075683 (Guide & Moving Support)
Abu Lu’ay Nawafleh – 0772177133/0772609093 (Guide & Moving Support)
Mahmoud Bdoul – 0772448166 (Local Guide from Petra)
Atef Masha’leh – 0797958641
Ammarin Cooperative Association (Muath Ammarin): 0777731994 (Local Guide & Escort)