PETRA FAQs AND INFORMATION
Spot Guides for Petra
We include a 2.5 hour guided tour for Petra in our tours. Normally the guided tour will be conducted by one of the guides that are contracted by our agency.
You might find the guiding fees we offer are different from the rate available at the visitor's center of the site, but please consider the following :
The Local guides (who are at the visitor’s center of Petra site) are assigned at the visitor's center of the site and are employees of the Jordanian Ministry of Tourism. Travel Agencies cannot guarantee the quality of their services.
The guides that we employ at JHT we can guarantee the quality of their service with the following standards & criteria :
-Language fluency & its accent
-Historical and archeological background & knowledge
-Excellent customer service
In peak season we do not have enough contracted guides and therefore we may need to employ the services of a guide from the Visitors Centre guided tour. If the situation occurs that JHT guides won't be available on that day for our clients, then we will advise you and you can make the decision if you would like a local guide from the Visitors Centre. If for any reason there are any complaints about the Ministry of Tourism Guide then this should be reported to the Visitors Centre as we are not responsible and cannot guarantee the service and quality of those guides.
Guided Tour in Petra
We include as a standard feature for our Petra tours a 03 hour guided tour by a spot guide. The 03 hour tour will cover the main trail and depending on the pace of your group you will walk from the Visitors Centre to the Treasury and then onto the Roman Theatre. You may be able to cover the full distance of the main trail to the Basin Restaurant. This takes approximately 02 hours. The guided tour consists of 02 hours going into the site and 01 hour return as a total duration of 03 hours (continuous). You can choose to leave the guide after 02 hours and continue on your own and return at a later time.
700m horse ride from Visitors Centre to the entrance of the Siq.
Included in your entry ticket for Petra is a horse ride from the main gate to the top of the Siq. It is not compulsory to take this horse ride. If you wish to take this horse ride the horse handler will expect a tip of approximately 5JD per horse. This ride is not insured and is upon the guest’s own responsibility.
Horse and carriage rides in Petra.
There are a limited number of horse and carriages available to hire to take you from the Visitors Centre to the Treasury (and return) or all the way to the end of the Main Trail to the Basin Restaurant. These horse and carriages cannot be booked in advance and need to be organized with your guide on the day and are subject to availability. Each carriage holds a maximum of 2 guests and the driver. This ride is not insured and is upon the guest’s own responsibility.
Electric golf carts in Petra
There are a limited number of electric golf carts available for hire. The hire of these can be arranged through the Visitors Centre on the day of your arrival and are subject to availability. Each golf cart holds a maximum of 5 guests and the driver. This ride is not insured and is upon the guest’s own responsibility.
Camel/Donkey rides in Petra
You are able to hire camels and donkeys in Petra. This can be arranged on the day and your guide is able to help you. This ride is not insured and is upon the guest’s own responsibility.
Box lunches for Petra
If you would like to take a box lunch into Petra to enjoy as picnic in the site this can be arranged for a cost of $10USD per person. There are places inside the site where you can purchase food.
Petra tour notes and Checklist
What to Wear :
Sportswear, baggy pants, and walking shoes are advisable. Keep in mind the relative conservatism of Middle Eastern societies. Summer evenings can be quite cool, so one should be prepared to wear a shawl or sweater. Winters are cold, windy and rainy.
Be Well Prepared :
Good hiking shoes Light, loose fitting cotton clothing A hat/cap to protect you from the harsh sun. Sunscreen is a must.
Photo Equipment :
Wide lens will be very useful in the narrow places.
Obviously a good camera and enough memory to store the many pictures you are going to take.
Use only licensed transportation tickets inside Petra :
Use only licensed forms of transport inside Petra (check at the Visitor Center to make sure what can be used).
Do not Venture off the Main Trail Alone :
Do not venture off the main trail alone. In order to ensure your safety, please explore only designated trails and arrange for a guide to take you along any of the other trails. You must have a guide for the guided trails.
In case of an emergency, find the nearest tourist police :
In case of an emergency, find the nearest tourist police member or park ranger and ask for assistance. You can also call (+962)-3-2156487 to reach the tourist police office. The tourist police office is inside the Visitor Center.
We encourage you to learn about the local communities :
We encourage you to learn about the local communities. We ask you to be sensitive and respectful to their customs, culture, and religion.
Please do not walk on the Monuments :
Please do not walk on the monuments. Not only do we want to ensure our site stays pristine for many years to come, we also want to make sure you stay safe.
Dispose of any Rubbish :
Be sure to dispose of any rubbish in the bins located inside the site. Please do not litter.
Please do not purchase any antiquities :
Please do not purchase any antiquities, be they rocks or coins. There is no way of knowing whether they are real or not.
All Tourists are requested to exit the Park before sunset :
For your safety, all tourists are requested to exit the Park before sunset as there are no lights in the site.