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Exploring Petra: A First-Timer's Guide to Visiting One of the 7 Wonders of the World

Hidden away among pink-hued cliffs in the valley of Wadi Musa is the forgotten city of Petra. In its heyday, the enigmatic destination was home to 30,000 people and the center of a kingdom four times the size of Jordan. The once-nomadic tribe of Nabataeans who called Petra home gained their wealth through the frankincense and myrrh trade as well as by charging merchants for safe passage. It is their 800 tombs and monuments in the 2,640-acre park that drive visitors to the region daily. Today, the city’s chiseled architecture is a reminder of what once was, evoking a sense of awe and mystery upon arrival.

A Muslim takeover in 633 and an earthquake in 749 devastated the city, it wasn’t until 1812 that Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt wrote about the ancient city and reintroduced it to the Western world. It is now considered one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For most, Petra can be experienced in a day, but there is something to be said about taking your time and splitting it up between two to three days. If you’re headed there to discover its secrets, here’s a first-timer’s guide to exploring the Rose-Red City:

Nicolle Monico

Nicolle is an award-winning writer and Travel Editor using her expertise in the industry to write about luxury travel around the world. You can find her daily searching the web for the latest trends, best new hotels and most beautiful destinations to visit and share with her readers. She's been featured on The Huffington Post, Hard Assets, AMD Entertainment and Remy Martin. In 2014, she was vo...(Read More)

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