Photos from Petra Jordan
Brought to popular culture in the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade film, Petra Jordan is one of the highlights of any trip to the Middle East. The entrance of Petra follows the bottom of a narrow rock gorge called The Siq, eventually leading to the dramatic first view of The Treasury.
Petra is thought to have been established sometime around the 6th century BCE as the capital city of the Nabataeans. What remains today is quite a large area. I spent two days hiking around the site, exploring the various tombs, ruins, and rock-cut architecture.
Petra is accessed from the nearest town, Wadi Musa.