The Dana to Petra trek was rated as one of the world’s best hikes by National Geographic! Let us show you why. We will arrange all the details, so you can just hike and enjoy the amazing scenery.
Petra | Dana Nature Reserve
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Our representative will pick you up at Queen Alia Airport or from your location in Amman. We will then head over to Dana. Dana is Jordan’s largest nature reserve, covering some 320 square kilometers of spectacular mountains and Wadis along the face of the Great Rift Valley. Sheltered within the red-rock escarpments are protected valleys that are home to a surprisingly diverse ecosystem. About 600 species of plants thrive in the reserve, together with 180 species of bird and more than 45 species of mammal.
From the irrigated gardens around Dana to the scorching sand dunes of the Great Rift Valley, today’s trek takes you through one of the most dramatic and diverse landscapes in the whole region. You’ll begin the journey at Dana, 1200m above sea level, and head west into Dana valley with your guides. The trail drops steeply at first and then levels into a more gradual descent through the Dana Biosphere Reserve towards the eco-lodge at Feynan. Dana Bioreserve is Jordan's largest nature reserve and it includes four distinct bio-geographical zones. This means that Dana supports an astonishing diversity of birds, plants, and animals. On your way down the valley, you’re likely to see Griffin Vultures overhead as well as hyrax and copper-blue lizards on the rocks. And if you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of an ibex or a desert fox, or see the footprint of a wolf in the dust. Overnight, camping at Wadi Ghuwair (Feynan area).
From Wadi Feynan through the historic landscape around Feynan, where copper has been mined for some 3000 years. Mining reached its peak under the Romans when thousands of slaves died here working the mines and furnaces, and millions of tonnes of ore were melted into a metal that was exported all over the empire. As you walk out of Feynan you will see the mountains of slag that are the waste product of this ancient industry, as well as ruined buildings from the Nabataean and Roman periods. Beyond Feynan you will cross a flat and stony desert, with the red ranges Jebel Sharah to your east and a broad expanse of the Wadi Araba to your west. The terrain is essentially flat, but you’ll need to cross several dry wadis or river beds as you make your way south. In the afternoon you’ll reach the camp set up by our crew at Ras Al- Feid. We will overnight camping at Ras Al-Feid.
With an early rise and breakfast at camp, we continue our trek by retracing our path along the riverbed gradually climbing up the hills following ancient migration paths to uncover some of the most spectacular sceneries in Jordan! This part of the route is quite challenging and includes some scrambling to overcome some of the larger obstacles. The route becomes less well-defined and we depend on our Bedouin guide for the best route skirting the Sharah Mountains. The trail continues along the Wadi floor and gently climbs up into the pale-colored sandstone distinctive hill that offers incredible views across the surrounding landscapes of mountains and canyons. We find shade here and take a rest for lunch before continuing our trek again with a descent, followed by a gentle uphill climb to reach a bare rock slab perfectly located to spend another magical night in the wild where we set up camp and enjoy the peaceful haven of the mountains scenery around us. We will eat dinner and camping in Shkaret Msei’d.
With an early rise and breakfast, we continue our trek with some dramatic changes of scenery, from the deep Wadis to the wonderful wide-open sandstone hills. While enjoying the beautiful nature-crafted white dome of Beida, we descend into Little Petra. To visit this fabulous site for a little taste of the magnificence of Petra, which we will encounter tomorrow. With just a short walk then our route takes us to our campsite uniquely located and surrounded by amazing sandstone mountains. We will eat dinner and overnight in Little Petra.
Included Meal: Breakfast
In the evening, we visit ‘Petra by night’ walking to Al Khaznah by the light of thousands of candles, listening to traditional Bedouin music, singing and stories under the starlit night skies. This truly is a magical end to our trek. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Petra.
Included Meal: Breakfast
After breakfast, we will spend the day in Petra. The home of the Nabataea’s, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. Petra is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient city was carved out of red sandstone rocks that are thousands of years old. The tour will start by crossing the “siq” lined with mountains in multiple colors up to the treasury. We will still until you transferred to Queen Alia Airport for departure.
How To Get To Jordan?
By air: There are two international airports in Jordan: Queen Alia International Airport in Amman and King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba. We recommend that your fly into Queen Alia International Airport in Amman.
By land: If you are coming from neighboring Israel or the Palestinian Territories, you have three border crossing options for arriving in Jordan: King Hussein Bridge in the north, the Allenby Bridge near the Dead Sea, or Wadi Araba on the Red Sea.
Prior to booking, we recommend that you check border visa requirements.
What Are The Hotel Options?
We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, and location that meets your budget. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour. If you have specific hotel that you would like to stay at or have special request, please let us known when requesting a quote from us.
For this tour, we recommend:
Petra Hotel Recommendations
A unique location in an ancient land. La Maison Hotel Petra in only five minutes walking from the world wonder Petra's main entrance.
- Variety dining options, including a all day restaurant
- High speed internet
- Rooftop Terrance
The four stars, Petra Guest House Hotel is ideally located at the majestic city of Petra with only few steps away from the entrance.
- 24 hours room service
- Fully equipped business center
- High speed internet access
- Multiple dining restaurants and bars
Movenpick Resort Petra is located directly at the entrance to the historic Jordanian city of Petra. This 5 star an exciting combination of natural stone, handcrafted wood with Middle Eastern fabrics and textures.
- Closest resort to Petra
- 7 Dining options
- Fitness and wellness center
- High Speed wifi
Dana Hotel Recommendations
Traditional vintage in middle of dana nature reserve at dana village in a amazing historical site where you can find the true nature exploring the NEW.
- Rooftop terrace
- High speed internet
- 24-hour front desk