Hiking into Petra via the back road from Little Petra to the Monastery

Hike the back road on the 2nd day

If you have two days (and in my opinion that is the minimum) to visit Petra it is certainly a great idea to enter the second day via the back road. It starts in the Little Petra area and you enter Petra at the Monastery. On the way up you have beautiful views over the Wadi Araba desert. And you can enjoy a cup of tea with the Bedouin lady who you’ll meet on the way up.

This morning Abu Fadi came to pick up my guests Louis and Alex and I joined them on their transfer to Little Petra. First we dropped their car at the Petra parking. As a result their car is waiting for them when they come back. No need to climb up the hill when they get out of Petra. Secondly Alex went to buy their ticket from the Visitor’s centre as you do need a ticket when you enter via the back road.

First camel in Little Petra start for the backroad hike

The ride to the start of the back road

And off we went, over the winding road to Little Petra. During the ride Abu Fadi shared some stories about Petra. On the way we saw the Elephant that has been there for ages!

It’s about six kilometers on the paved road. After that the bumpy ride started on the dirt road. There was another short stop as Abu Fadi spotted the first camel! Another oldtimer!

A little further Abu Fadi stopped and stepped out of the car to point the way to the ticket boot at the start of the hike.

And off they went. Ma’as salama! Have a nice hike up to the Monastery!


In October 2019 they set up an extra ticket booth. Just next to the paved road. There you could park your car and start with hiking. This was also the drop off point for taxi’s. In 2020 they removed this ticket booth. Now the taxi will drop you off at the side of the road. If you want to be dropped off closer to the mountains, you need a four wheel drive as the dirt road is rought and bumpy.

Last tips before the start of the back road hike up to the Monastery.
Start of hiking the back road from Little Petra, all the way up to the Monastery in Petra
The back road hike started in the Little Petra area, after a transfer. All the way up to the Monastery in Petra.

Looking for a transfer for the back road hike?

Would you like to do the back road hike? Take a transfer to Little Petra and start hiking! Easy as that!

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