Friday, June 1, 2018

2018 - Jordan Day 6 (Petra)

Monday, May 14, 2018. Today, we head to Petra and go for Petra By Night. The girls did the Dead Sea experience this morning while I was taking it easy in the hotel room and being their photographer.

Hilton Dead Sea Resort and Spa breakfast
The breakfast Hilton is pretty ridiculous. Lots to eat and choose from.

Karak Castle
Karak Castle
Karak Castle
Our first stop on the way to Petra was Karak Castle which was apparently built in 850 BC! We got here at 1:00pm and was here for an hour. The place is VERY large with lots of tunnels to wander around. It is a neat place. Included with our Jordan Pass. Recommended!

Our chariot for 2 weeks (2018 Toyota Prius)
Made it to the Petra Visitor Center by 4:30pm. You need to get here before it closes I believe to get the Petra By Night tickets. The tickets aren't included with the Jordan Pass (it only includes the day visits). It cost 17 JD per person with an additional 2.5% for using credit card (this was a first for us so far).

La Maison Petra is where we are staying for the next few days. The place seems a bit old, but nothing looks extraordinary in the area, not even the Movenpick which is right across from Petra.

We had to visited a few convenience stores before we realized that they don't sell bread in convenience stores, but at actual bread shops. We got some bread and jam for our days in Petra. We read that there are restaurants with food inside Petra, but it was best to just bring something to eat. That way you can pick a nice spot and just enjoy the area.

Dinner was at the buffet at the hotel. It cost 10 JD per person. The food was okay, the best items in my opinion being the biryani and the beef dish. I did notice that there are a lot of flies here, I wonder if this will be the norm here?

La Maison Petra buffet dinner
Petra By Night starts at 8:00pm. It takes about 30 minutes to walk in, so take your time. Apparently the actual performance that takes place starts at 9:00pm, so you don't need to rush (unless you want a seat in the front).

Petra By Night
Petra By Night
Petra By Night
Lots of photographers, and I saw a number of people with tripods (which I brought on the trip, but stupidly did not think to bring it here).

Petra By Night
Petra By Night
I ended up using the Joby Gorillapod, although it is meant for point-and-shoots, so it wasn't the most stable for my camera (Sony a6000). The experience lasts until roughly 10:00pm when they start to ask people to head back.

Tomorrow, we explore Petra (day 1 of potentially 3 since we paid for the 3 day Jordan Pass).