Leaving the Royal tombs, we headed off within the course of the sunshine – or no less than, the sunlit components of Petra up to now, a path that was as a consequence of take us to the Monastery, one other iconic a part of Petrea set excessive up within the mountains.
For some purpose, I get efficiency anxiousness every time I do know there’s going to be an extended trek/hike forward. I assume it’s cos I do know, as grateful as I’m to get to see no matter it’s we’re on the trek for, I don’t at all times really feel that manner once I’m on it.
My digital camera bag is nearly at all times too heavy (sure, a few of that’s simply sweets I at all times journey with and the occasional pack of cookies however most of it’s simply digital camera nonsense).
Then there’s the truth that I’m not that eager or significantly quick on uphill strolling (I greater than make up for that going downhill although – I do know individuals moan about how arduous it’s on their knees however my knees had been made for that stuff – 😄).
Fortunately, there’s nonetheless tons extra sights right here to distract you earlier than you even start your ascent to the Monastery – like the various temples that line this path.
By this level, the solar was properly and really out and I think about, in summer time, that is the purpose the place, at another time of the 12 months, the warmth is likely to be beginning to get a tad insufferable.
For us although it was simply sensible! The jacket I had was now not tied to my waste however properly and really stuff into my digital camera bag because the temperatures soared to greater however removed from insufferable heights.
The beginning of the trail to the Monastery isn’t really clear or properly sign-posted so, until issues have modified, you should definitely ask somebody for instructions to the beginning of the steps earlier than you begin heading down a creek or start climbing up the other aspect of the mountain like we practically did. 😄
I believe when you’re right here when it’s busier, it’ll be rather a lot simpler to know the place you’re going however there weren’t many individuals there on the time and even the parents forward of us had no clue the place they had been going.
Fortunately, the locals are fairly useful (even when some do attempt to get you to take a donkey journey as much as the highest – for a price, after all) they usually fortunately pointed us in the proper course.
If you do that 850 steps trek, you should definitely take moments to look again because the view modifications every so often and can also be fairly a formidable a part of the trek.
It’s additionally the proper excuse to cease and catch your breath earlier than carrying on. 😄
Even with these stops to absorb the view, the entire trek took us like 30 minutes – at which level you’re just about immediately rewarded with the view that’s the Treasury itself.
It’s a lot larger than anticipated and it’s instantly simple to see why it’s one of the spectacular components of Petra!
After this hike up right here, we had been in no hurry to go again down anytime quickly and figured we’d as properly take within the view from each angle doable!
Finally, I seen that behind us, there was an indication for probably the greatest views and we figured “In for a penny, in for a pound” and determined to go up much more into the mountains to take a look at stated view.
The view itself is nice from said-viewpoint (there are a number of like this) however it’s typically a view of the valleys which is spectacular however I don’t know if it’s essentially value heading up there – you may get a reasonably nice view from decrease down too.
That being stated although, there are little native cafés up there and that’s what you’re actually heading up there for – tea with a view. 😀
We determined to have our tea on the café proper in entrance of the Monastery; moderately unintentionally – we had been already midway again down from the point of view additional up the mountain earlier than deciding we wished to cease for tea and refusing to stroll again up, we determined to only go to the one down by the entrance of the Monastery.
Coffees, teas and snacks on the prepared, we unfold out on one of many comfortable sofas proper up on the entrance, put our cameras away and simply soaked up the fantastic thing about Petra! It was one other a kind of pinch-me moments the place you marvel how speaking casually about doing one thing just a few weeks prior has led to this precise second the place you’re seeing one of the superb locations on this planet.
Placing the digital camera away didn’t final too lengthy although as one of many native Bedouin males determined he wished to climb as much as the highest of Monastery.
This he did, by the best way, with unbelievable ease. It was simply so fascinating and spectacular watching him scale up what appeared like nearly vertical mountain edges at factors.
That fascination quickly gave solution to main anxiousness and shocked gasps from the others who had began to reach as he received to the highest after which proceeded to leap a number of metres throughout the very high of the Monastery.
Finally, he made his manner again down safely, although a youthful lad determined he wished in on the motion, solely to get caught midway up the mountain, to get rescued by the primary man on his manner again down.
Hydrated and well-fed (we additionally introduced packed lunches from the lodge – in addition to the snacks we purchased right here), we determined to go again down, on what was inevitable a a lot faster trek than the unique ascent was.
Again down, we meandered our manner slowly on a slight totally different path via the temples…
..earlier than becoming a member of again onto the ‘foremost highway’
…previous the Royal Tombs and Amphitheatre
…noticing a part of Petra we hadn’t even seen earlier within the morning (regardless of all my speak about stopping to look again)
…in addition to going previous extra acquainted spots,
…earlier than arriving again on the Treasury once more.
By this level, our ft had been aching and we realised we’d been right here for near 10 hours already (my unique plan was to be again on the lodge by midday, particularly after our 6am begin – good and relaxed by the pool whereas deciding on which therapeutic massage to have and what cocktails to work my manner via on the bar).
With that, we bade farewell to Petra – grateful for the way it had not solely lived as much as the hype however by far surpassed it and made our manner again to our lodge.
And don’t fear, we nonetheless managed to squeeze in these massages and cocktails – which went down a deal with with a moderately magnificent view of the sundown over Petra.
We’d be again to Petra once more over the subsequent few days however tomorrow’s plans would see us head rather a lot additional away from Petra!
Will catch you up all about it within the subsequent publish. 😀