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Jordan, Petra & the Dead Sea

I love travelling, as I am sure everyone will understand since I am involved in the travel industry and have been for many years.  Once of my recent holidays was to Jordan in the Middle East, and it was absolutely amazing. Jordan is an ancient civilisation with timeless sites from biblical, Roman and medieval history including the famous red city of Petra, between the Dead Sea and Red Sea. An important crossroads of the Middle East, Jordan is a land steeped in history.

The highlight of the trip was most definitely visiting Petra and the Monastery which stands at the top of a mountain and can only be reached by climbing 800 naturally formed rock steps.

1. You must be aware that the only three options for getting to the top are climbing, riding a Bedouin-led donkey or a combination of the two.  The donkey is not a good idea as their hooves can slip on the shiny steps.

2. Get a good night’s sleep beforehand. This is a serious climb and requires adequate rest.

3. You will need at least one bottle of water, whatever the temperature.

4. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to reach the top and 30 or 45 minutes to get back down, and then you may wish to spend time looking around  the surrounding area and perhaps have a snack or meal in one of the eating places.

5. Wear comfortable shoes with good tread. The rocks can be slippery, especially coming down.

6. Wear a hat. There is little or no shade along the way.

The exertion is well worth it, as once you reach the top you will be rewarded with stunning views and of course the Monastery which dates back to the 1st century BC.  It really is awesome.

I can arrange this for you if you wish!

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