The Main entrance to the hidden city of Petra goes through the impressive split in the rock called The Siq Petra. My plan was set, all my research done: I wanted to be at the entrance of Petra at 6am, opening time and enjoy the long walk through the Siq in the peace and quiet that early riser get. And I did not regret it!
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INFO & TIPS - Walking the Siq in Petra, Jordan
Before I share some incredible pictures of the walk, here are some tips to help you plan your trip.
Getting to the Siq Entrance
From the visitor center, you walk in a large gorge with a few monuments such as the Obelisk tomb, but I was so excited to enter the Siq that I did not stop. And I knew I would have time on my return walking slowly tired after a long day around Petra.
From where I watched sunset over Petra, I zoomed in and saw the entrance to the Petra Siq from above:
Walking the Siq in Petra, Jordan
Along the way you can admire the natural curves and the fascinating colors of the rock. This is quite a longer walk that one would expect (over one km) but every minute is a pleasure for the eyes. At that time I could walk alone in this quiet environment and take it all in.
The other advantage was that all the kids and carriage drivers were not yet there and did not bother me.
Some facts about the Siq:
- The gorge is 1.2 kilometers long.
- At its narrowest point the walls are only 3 meters apart!
- It was not made by erosion. It is a geological fault line, evidence of the movement of tectonic plates. Water was here only the smooth the walls
- When I tell you it is impressive, I am not kidding: the walls on both side of you are 91 to 180 meters in height (300 to 600ft roughly)!!!! It is a unique experience.
And sometimes the Siq gorge closes over you:
And at the end of the Siq... the Treasury!
Just walking the Siq is worth a visit to Petra, but so much more is waiting for you... And you know it, so at every curve you wonder if you are going to spot the magnificent ruins of Al-Kazneh alias The Treasury.
Maye the next curve...
or maybe the next...
and then it appears!
Getting theglimpse of the Treasury is a reaveal that you anticipate the whole walk. And it does not disappoint!
Discover more photos of the Treasury on my dedicated post.
Options to travel the Siq if you are tired
During the day, the carriage going up and down will make the experience a bit less magical. Pay attention!
But they are also a good option if you are tired:
You have to remember that the Siq and the path from the Siq to the visitor entrance are not flat. I had read a lot of reviews with people warning us that the return would be tiring especially after a full day walking.
On my way in I absolutely did not realized I was going down; however I really felt the climbing part to return to the entrance!!! So be aware, paying a bit more for a horse or a carriage can be a good idea.
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Impressive don't you think?