Petra’s Secret Back Door
Petra’s Secret Back Door is a unique way to enter Petra, taking you from Little Petra and concluding at the Monastery. The walk takes about 2-3 hours, and allows you then to explore Petra in the reverse way that you usually see the site. The terrain is fairly rough, but the path has recently been improved.
Begin at Little Petra, once a fabulous retreat for rich Nabataeans. Enter through a small Siq. There are some remarkable cave paintings in the Hellenistic tradition. A narrow path takes you out to a ledge with great views over the surrounding mountains and canyons.
You then take the ‘Backdoor into Petra’ a climb up the mountains that shield the city before you reach the Monastery Tomb, known as Al Deir. You will arrive before many of the other tourists have reached this part of Petra. Built in around 86 BC, it has a superb facade to rival that of the Treasury.