See a different side to Jordan’s most popular attraction, following winding back roads and worn rock-cut staircases to rarely-visited monuments and panoramic vistas.
Once the capital of the Nabataean Arab’s trading empire, with its giant temples and tombs chiselled out of swirling raspberry-ripple rock, Petra entices more than 600,000 visitors a year.
But away from the deep yawn of the gully that marks the main tourist route, an entire network of winding Bedouin back roads, narrow goat trails and worn rock-cut staircases wind across the russet-hued cliffs, gloriously empty of visitors; their stony paths leading to rarely-visited monuments and panoramic vistas. Even in one of the world’s most popular sights it is still possible to escape the crowds.
See the Treasury from another angle
Most people who visit Petra begin at the Treasury (al-Khazneh), famed for its starring role as the home of the holy grail in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Source: A Bedouin’s trail through Petra