Kyle’s parents came to visit us for spring break. After a few days in Kuwait, we all flew to Jordan for a week-long adventure. Kyle planned a jam-packed, amazing itinerary and didn’t waste one second of our time together. We definitely made the most of the long flight my in-laws had to endure to get all the way to the Middle East!
In preparation for our trip, Kyle decided to purchase the Jordan Pass. The pass includes the cost of the visa into Jordan plus admission to all of the Government run sites (although not everything is run by the Government – I believe we visited two private sites not covered by the pass) that you’ll want to visit. For our trip – with our expertly arranged itinerary – the pass was well worth it! We all started out with paper passes, but some got lost along the way – downloading the pass on our phones worked just as well.
We left Kuwait very early on a Friday morning and rented a car from the airport in Amman. As it turned out, the rental car ended up adding quite a bit of entertainment to our trip, as it was usually at least a 3 person job to squish everything + everyone into it.
After a two and a half hour car ride, we arrived at our hotel around 11 AM for our first stop, Petra. We were advised to go very early in the morning – as soon as it opened – to avoid crowds. So, our plan was to see as much of Petra as could that afternoon and then return the next morning.
I had no idea how expansive Petra is. I’m not entirely sure what it was I expected beyond the iconic Treasury, but what I got was SO much more.
The walk down to the Treasury is stunning. I’ve never seen anything like it before. Of course, once we arrived at the Treasury, it too was beyond amazing. It definitely earns it’s place on the Seven Wonders of the World List.
From the Treasury though, Petra only continues to be even more impressive. The path leads through many landmarks of the ancient civilization, including churches, temples, tombs, amphitheaters, and finally, to the Monastery.
The path to the Monastery was quite a hike – be sure to have water with you, especially in the heat of the day. It is a truly stunning structure though and a must-see, as is the entirety of Petra. No photos or description can come close to matching the experience of walking through this amazing city.
After hiking all the way up to the Monastery and back down, as well as all over the rest of Petra (not to mention that super early flight the very same morning!), we were pretty exhausted. And by pretty exhausted, I mean almost dead.