Experience Petra: Enter via the ‘Back Door’

If you come to Jordan, you absolutely have to take the opportunity to discover the Nabataean city of Petra. Carved in beautiful red rock more than 2000 years ago, the impressive buildings and long staircases take present day visitors back in time and hold many secrets to discover.


We highly recommend entering Petra via the back route, which takes you on unbeaten paths past the Monastery (ad-Deir). This way, you will escape the majority of other tourists, but end up with an enriched encounter of this magical site.



The ‘back door route’ can be done as part of a two-day hike – from Little Petra to Petra – or, for the more passionate hikers among you, there is the option to do a 7 day trek from Dana to Petra, which is rated by National Geographic as one of the finest hikes in the world.


In the two-day option, you will hike through the mountains from Little Petra to Petra on the first day, taking in spectacular landscapes and the monastery, arriving at Petra with time for exploration. Staying the night in Petra means you can attend ‘Petra by Night’, when the sight is illuminated by hundred of candles.



The next day you will re-enter Petra the common way: via the Siq. You walk through the canyon, walls of rose towering above you on each side, and the anticipation builds as you feel yourself nearing the heart of the ancient site. Suddenly: there it is, right in front of you! The appearance of the Treasury at the end of the george is a breathtaking moment, and the reason why most people enter Petra this way. However, by first entering via the ‘back door’ and thus taking multiple angles, you will get the best of both worlds. The longer way allows to explore and understand more of Jordan’s rich history and culture, while you won’t miss out on the most beautiful places. Your trip becomes more than just sightseeing – it will be an experience.