Sunday, February 7, 2010

Egypt (Day Eleven)

Day Eleven - Petra
I know, I have skipped day ten. Don't worry, it will be in the next post.

From our resort in Sharm el-Sheikh, we booked a tour to go see Petra in the country Jordan. To get there, we were picked up from our hotel at 3:00 am. From there, we had a 5 hour bus ride up the coast of the Aqaba Gulf. Then, we took an hour long ferry ride across the Red Sea. Following the ferry, we were back on another bus for 3 hours. Finally, we were at the trail head for the mile hike that leads to the city of Petra. We ended up being gone for over 22 hours before we returned to our hotel. It was an exhausting day, but we were glad we did it!
There are several options to get down the trail. You could ride in a carriage like this.
Or, you could ride a horse like this lady. (Seriously, isn't this the best picture ever?)
We decided to just walk the trail. It reminded us a lot of Southern Utah.
This is our first glimpse of the Treasury.

It was stunning! You might remember this from Indian Jones and The Last Crusade. This is the temple they enter at the end of the film. The formal name for this is The Treasury, however that name is misleading. It was originally built as a tomb and never held any treasures.
This is the side view of the Treasury. We were surprised to see that a cafe sits in the same area.
This is what the inside looks like. The sandstone was beautiful. It doesn't go any further back than that. The inside that was shown in Indiana Jones was all fake.
This is the view from inside the Treasury looking back at the canyon that we hiked down.
We were surprised to find that there are over 1000 tombs in Petra. These five tombs are right around the corner from the Treasury.
We were shocked to find this amphitheatre that can seat thousands. Petra had several thousand inhabitants anciently.
Again, the sandstone was stunning.
Here are several more tombs etched into the cliffs. It was amazing to go explore through the various tombs. We only had about two hours to explore since we had a long journey back to our hotel, but we enjoyed the time we had to look around this incredible site.
On the way out, we passed this little shop. They are still living in the fame that Indiana Jones brought to this area.


Cheryl and William said...

SO INCREDIBLE!!! I SO want to do this!! I would have loved to have seen a photo of you and Reini on the donkey though :-)

Chelsea said...

WOW!!!! What an amazing day!!!

Neil and Steph said...

Sheesh! You Butterfields go on some awesome vacations. Take us with you next time!!

Kristin said...

I want you to know that when I arrived on your blog and read "Day Eleven" my mind started racing, "What happened to Day 10? Did I miss Day 10? What happened on day 10?!" What a relief...when I read the next line. It was .5 seconds of real panic, I tell you. I love these posts. I love Egypt. I love Indiana Jones.

Dutson Fam said...

Once again, amazing pictures! I'm so jealous of your travels!