Visual Adventure: Petra

Gary Arndt April 23, 2014 10

Thanks to everyone who participated in our “Highlights of Jordan Week” (April 21–27). In co-operation with Visit Jordan, we’ll announce the winner of the  adventure of a lifetime in an upcoming post right here on the Looptail—and on Twitter and Facebook. Stay tuned!

Between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, the historical city of Petra stands half carved into stone. It has been named as one of the new Seven Wonders of the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is usually one image which people think about when calling Petra to mind, and that is the Treasury Building.

While the Treasury Building is the most well preserved of the carved structures in Petra, there is a lot more to the location. You can spend a full day exploring. Not only is the area expansive, there is a lot of vertical distance to climb. Here are a selection of images from my time exploring this beautiful area:

Camels in front of Petra's Al Khazneh (also called The Treasury).

Camels in front of Petra’s Al Khazneh (also called The Treasury).

Petra at night.

Petra at night.

The area of the The Treasury is illuminated with candles.

The area of the The Treasury illuminated with candles.

Petra is surrounded by mountains.

Petra is surrounded by mountains.

There are lots of dwellings to explore.
There are lots of dwellings to explore.
Breathtaking scenery from one of the many look out points.

Breathtaking scenery from one of the many look out points.

There is a lot of ground to cover on a visit to Petra.

There is a lot of ground to cover on a visit to Petra.

Getting there

G Adventures runs a number of departures to Jordan encompassing a wide range of departure dates and activities to cater for different tastes. We’re thrilled at the prospect of showing you this enchanting country as you’ve never seen it — check out our small group trips to Jordan here.


  1. Shaun April 23, 2014 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Awesome article and pictures Gary! Jordan is on my list but getting there through this contest would be extra sweet!


  2. The Guy April 25, 2014 at 5:28 am - Reply

    I remember going to Petra in 2001. It truly is a wonder of the world, stunning carvings and a great wilderness setting.

    I never saw it by night but the pictures look great.

  3. Bhisham April 25, 2014 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Really awesome photos !!!

  4. Mona Gable April 25, 2014 at 11:13 am - Reply

    My friend Tanya and I were just talking about the wonders of Petra over lunch yesterday and how much we’d love to see them.

  5. Alan April 26, 2014 at 2:19 am - Reply

    Have been to Isreal, Egypt and Turkey but Jordan is beautiful and varied and I would love to go and explore some of the sand houses.

  6. Sara April 26, 2014 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    I’ve travelled Jordan and Israel some years ago and were amazed by Petra. Still, I have not slept in a Bedoiun camp and not been to the dead sea at all and would love to make this experience soon. :-)

  7. Julie Reif April 26, 2014 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    You’re an inspiration Gary. I hope to find a way to create an affordable travel lifestyle in the future, when I no longer have to be in my home town for most of the year to spend quality time with my ageing Mum.

  8. Marie Carson April 27, 2014 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Very inspirating. I wish I had the nerve to pick up and just travel until my heart was content. Seeing the wonders of the world are the best education a person can get. All the best. Your pictures are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for shareing.

  9. jasmina April 27, 2014 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    nice pictures. sad that most people only go as far as the treasury (which is only the entrance to the city). i found it most rewarding going super early (6am) and climbing up to the place of sacrifice and then the next morning, go through the whole town and up to the Monastery. fantastic experience. highly recommended. Jordan is a spectacular country. from the red sea city Aqaba, to the Wadi Rum, to the ancient city of Petra, the crusader castles, the bussling cities of Madaba and Amman, the spectacularely preserved archeological wonder of Jerash and of course the deep relaxation of the Dead Sea. All in all, it has everything and is an absolutely fantastic country to visit. I thought 5 days of relaxing at dead sea would be too much and boring – no way. it was the deepest relaxation i ever experienced.

  10. Rachana parakh May 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Lovely place n beautiful picks..
    Would love to visit there soon..
    Thanks for sharing these awesome photos..

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