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Moving further north from Wadi Rum, you reach the incredible town of Petra. Most tourists stop at the Treasury, but I continued uphill to the equally impressive Monastery, carved out of a cliff long before Mount Rushmore was even an idea. In the fg and at the right of the carvings are some donkeys. There are signs up to report any ill treatment to authorities. To reach the Monastery entails a climb up 850 steps to a plateau. The elevation of Petra is 810 metres. Some fat and out of condition tourists take a donkey up and the Jordanian drivers sometimes whip them until their legs bleed :-( I was happy enough to walk, taking frequent short 5 minute breaks. I had a bottle of iced water I had put in the hotel fridge the night before and there were more cold drinks for sale about half way up. It dates from the 1st century BC.

Despite offers by Jordanian locals to show me a short cut back to town, I took the way back that I knew past the Treasury, through the chasm (Siq), and finally to the carpark. From there I caught a metered taxi back to my hotel. More info and pics here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petra

https://www.zigzagonearth.com/petra-jordan-ad-deir-alias-the-monastery-850-steps-so-worth-it/

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