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Little Petra (Siq al-Barid)
Little Petra (Siq al-Barid)

Little Petra (Siq al-Barid)

North of Petra, Wadi Musa, Jordon

The Basics

Although it’s physically separate from the site of Petra itself, Little Petra can be accessed on the same ticket: the two-day or two-day Petra entrance tickets are both a great value. Little Petra has much less signage than big Petra, so you’ll probably want to hire a guide or join a Little Petra tour.

Some multi-day Jordan tours visit both Little Petra and Petra proper, and some Petra day tours also include a stop at Little Petra. Some Little Petra tours focus exclusively on the Nabatean ruins around Siq al-Barid, while others also take in the neolithic village of Al-Beidha and geological features.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Petra

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Petra is a must. Viator driver the best!
cheryl_g, Nov 2021
Private Tour: Petra and Little Petra Day Trip from Aqaba
Petra was on our bucket list and worth the 10 year wait. Our driver was just like a guide. He was wonderful andpersonable and on our way back he had car troubles. It was a new Mercedes’ so who knows what went wrong. However his first concern was us and he was like a magician getting a friend of his family to taxi us to the port on time where his dad met us took us first for special treats and then to our ships doorstep. Onasis we love you!
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Private day tour to Petra on Sunday 03 November
samellis2019, Nov 2019
Private Tour: Petra and Little Petra Day Trip from Aqaba
The driver was good, the guide mediocre and the travel agency was lousy. They issued conflicting messages and lied about why the driver was late. The price charged was double what it would have cost if I had done it on site. This reflects badly on Viator and Trip Advisor.
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Petra in a day
Stephen_H, Nov 2019
Private Tour: Petra and Little Petra Day Trip from Aqaba
Our driver picked us up by the ship as arranged. Lovely comfortable, air conditioned car and an excellent driver. Very friendly and got us to Wadi Rum and Petra in good time The driver got our tickets for us and then handed us over to the private guide in Petra The guide was again excellent and we had a wonderful and informative tour of Petra Our driver was waiting for us when we returned and quickly got us to the airport as arranged. The driver was courteous and very professional and we would give the whole experience 5* Would definitely recommend this tour especially if you are short of time as we did it all and didn’t feel rushed or missed out. This was the VIP experience we hoped for and got. Excellent all round highly recommended

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Archaeologists believe Little Petra was built to house traders passing through on the Silk Road.

  • While less spectacular than Petra proper, Little Petra is considerably less crowded.

  • The ancient water cisterns outside Siq al-Barid are still functioning: local Bedouin sometimes bring their livestock into Little Petra to drink water.

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How to Get There

You can reach Little Petra by taxi or by driving from either Petra or Wadi Musa, the jumpoff town for Petra; it’s around 6 miles (9 kilometers) from the visitor center. A fascinating walk leads to Little Petra through the mountains from the Monastery (Al Deir). The 4-mile (6-kilometer) hike takes about 2.5 hours, and you’ll need a guide.

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When to Get There

Little Petra is less crowded than big Petra, but it does attract group tours, most of which visit in the afternoons. Aim to arrive in the morning, as close as possible to 6am, to get the best experience. Peak seasons for Petra tours and Little Petra tours—as well as Jordan tourism generally—are spring and fall: roughly mid-March to mid-May and mid-September to mid-November.

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The Painted House at Little Petra

Hidden under the soot and grime of Bedouin cooking fires for centuries, the 2,000-year-old frescoes at Little Petra’s Painted House were discovered in the late aughts and carefully restored. Created by Nabateans in the Greek style, they focus on the worship of Dionysus, god of wine; the birds, insects, vines, and cherubs are startlingly realistic.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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