Petra (Aqaba), Jordan


Named for the Greek word meaning "rock", Petra was a flourishing trade center in ancient times and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore on foot or horseback the 2,000-year-old structures built into soaring salmon-pink sandstone. The Nabataeans, the civilization that built Petra, also were expert hydraulic engineers, as evidenced by channels carved into the rock that prevented flood damage and helped store water during droughts. Archaeologists from all over the world continue to excavate the Hellenistic temples, tombs and theaters, as only one percent of the city is believed to have been "discovered". Aqaba - Jordan's Red Sea port and resort town -- boasts ancient sites as well as spectacular coral reefs.

Language: Arabic
Currency: Jordanian Dinar(JOD)



Temperature (Celsius)
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High18 21 24 29 33 36 37 37 34 31 26 20
Low10 12 15 19 23 26 27 27 26 22 16 12
Precipitation
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Days1 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Humidity
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Percent71 70 67 58 49 49 53 57 66 67 66 72