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Published: September 19th 2019
This morning after an early breakfast, Renata and I headed back to Petra to start climbing to the High Place of Sacrifice, recommended by our Tour Guide. On the way to the High Place of Sacrifice we had to pass through the Siq
, a 1.2 kilometer long gorge. The Siq
The Siq is the entrance to the city of Petra. It is a narrow passage cut through sandstone architecture as a result of rain and wind. It is beautiful to behold and in the morning it lights up with red-pink hues. The Siq also contains a water conduit system along the sides, where rain water can be collected and transported to the various areas of Petra. Inside the Siq there are sculptures carved into the rock. One sculpture is of a camel caravan, with two merchants each leading two camels. You know when the Siq ends because you are rewarded with a picturesque view of the Treasury. The Treasury
When we reached the Treasury we were asked by the locals if we wanted to take the path up to the top
of the cliff to get that birds eye view picture of the Treasury from above. Apparently, you need a local guide to take you up the path because the climb is quite dangerous. Just looking at the steep staircase, made Renata and I hesitant about making the climb and we decided against it. The Trek to the High Place of Sacrifice
Located a little past the Treasury, the locals showed us the path to the High Place of Sacrifice. Although it was a nice hike, I felt that the walk up to the High Place of Sacrifice wasn’t as satisfying and I kind of wished that Renata and I walked to the royal tombs instead. It felt like forever until we reached the High Place of Sacrifice and unlike the Monastery there were no locals or tourists there to guide you. However, you do get an incredible view of the Royal tombs from the cliff during the Hike.
After we walked up to the High Place of Sacrifice we were exhausted and when we got down from the cliff we splurged to get
The High Place of Sacrifice
a horse ride back to the front gate of Petra. We then went back to our hotel to rest up for a bit before we had to leave for Kerak Castle. Kerak Castle
The Kerak Castle was an interesting site to behold. It was once a crusader castle, built just east of the Dead Sea. It was built strategically because whoever controlled the castle would be able to control to trade route from Damascus, Egypt and Mecca. I especially liked the castle due to its many hidden openings to explore. I also liked how the light reflected in many space of the dark castle. You can definitely get lost exploring the castle and we certainly did. We had to find one of the attendants in the area to help us find our bus when we eventually needed to leave the castle.
After the castle, it was time to head to our hotel in Amman. In Amman, Renata and I had dinner at a nearby restaurant by our hotel. Then it was time for bed. Tomorrow, we head off to the Dead Sea and
then explore the city of Amman in more detail. Until then!
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