We wrapped up our third day of exploring Petra today. 17 hours of pounding in Petra over 3 days takes a toll, but the remarkable splendor of this mystical city is worth every blistered toe and sunburned cheek. Petra is truly phenomenal, a must see for any visitor to Jordan, if only for 1 day.
Another late start today, but we finally check out of the Palace Hotel in Amman around 10am, and by 11:00 we’re on the Desert Highway headed to Wadi Musa, the town next to Petra. Desert Highway is 1 of 3 major highways running north/south through Jordan, the other 2 being the King’s Highway and the lightly used Dead Sea Highway. The Desert Highway is the most direct to Petra, however, and actually a comfortable 2 ½ hour drive along smooth roads. The Jordan desert is dry, expansive, and barren as you’d imagine. Little to see, and few notable landmarks, save for the occasional herd of sheep or goats being led by a Bedouin man.