Horse ride from Petra to Dana natural reserve
We ride horses from the rose-red city of Petra and other highlights of
the Jordanian culture and history to amazing landscape of Namala and
down to magnificent desert of Wadi Araba, and ride through a spectacular
red sandstone siq whose lower reaches are garnished by hanging gardens.
We expect you to be an experienced horseman, used to riding outdoors.
The horses are mainly full-bred Arabic horses. The tour will be guided
by expert Bedouin guides, who are familiar with the treks since
childhood. We will cover approximately thirty to thirty five kilometers
daily, depending on the territory.
Day 1: Petra , Little Petra , Ras
We start early in the morning from Petra, horseback crossing Bedul
village to the sand stone age village (little Petra) A classical temple
stands guard outside the miniature siq which would appear to have been
an important suburb of the city of Petra, situated at the point where
several ancient caravan routes met, linking Wadi Araba with Gaza, Egypt
and the Mediterranean coast. The narrow file, only some 350 m long, is
crammed with tombs, temples, triclinia, houses, water channels and
cisterns, in brief, a "Little Petra". Of particular note are the remains
of painted frescoes on plaster dating from the 1st century AD, which are
to be found in one of the biclinia. And will continue to Siq Um El-Lda,
which is canyon the road now passing from it, and cross the amazing
cliffs of Ba’aja, we will reach Shkaret Msai’ed and Ras Namala. the
views of the surrounding mountains and down to the desert below are
outstanding. Where we stay at Bedouin tents. (24 KM, 6 hrs).
Day 2: Ras Namala , Wadi Araba ,
Today we ride down to Wadi Araba, crossing basalt mountains, and great
views of Wadi Araba from Wadi Namala, through juniper descent and black
mountains, we will get down to Wadi Arabah desert This section has been
known from ancient Biblical times as the Arabah. Beginning at 1292 feet
below sea level the valley gradually ascends as it goes southward for 67
miles to a watershed which rises 660 feet above sea level. Ride in the
middle of no where and will reach a village in the middle of landscape (Quraiqara
village) inhabited by Bedouins, continue to our campsite with Bedouin
family, dinner and overnight (29 KM, 6 hrs).
Day 3: Quraiqara , Copper mines , Wadi
Ghuwier , Eco Lodge
Breakfast, short ride to biggest copper mines in the world in ancient
time, and will entre in Wadi Ghuwier small river in the canyon by horses
and ride through a spectacular red sandstone siq whose lower reaches are
garnished by hanging gardens. Its water flow changes with the season,
but even in the summer it is a splendid route. And will head back to
Fainan eco Lodge rooms are unique in design and lit by candles at night,
creating an extraordinary Arabesque atmosphere, dinner and overnight (
20 KM, 5 hrs).
Day 4: Eco Lodge , Wadi Dana , Dana
Breakfast at the hotel, and ride in Wadi Dana which is truly a world of
natural treasures, where you going to meet some Bedouins and have tea at
their tents, The reserve is a system of Wadies and mountains that
extends from the upper edge of the Rift Valley, we will continue to Dana
village, end of the tour.
Package rates: (minimum 4 Pax) = 465
Entrance fees, tour guide, horses, meals, soft drinks, hotel
accommodation, camping equipments
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