Petra Back to Front
The crowds move from the main gate and narrow Siq, past the Treasury, temples and tombs to cliffs at the valley's end. Most never make the long climb to the Monastery, missing one of Petra's most striking features. Hike in and it's the Monastery, shown above, that welcomes you to this city carved from sandstone thousands of years ago. Exploring back to front, hikers are rewarded at day's end with Petra's most famous façade–without the crowds.
Photo courtesy of Christine Loomis