Like pretty much everyone else in Wadi Musa, I was there for one reason: to see Petra. One of the Seven wonders of the world, Petra is Jordan’s most popular site by far. Hoping to avoid the crowds, I set off early – slightly delayed by finding the hotel locked and having to hunt down a member of staff.
I reached the ticket office shortly after 6 AM and bought my ticket (50 JD – it’s cheaper to buy the Jordan Pass before arriving which includes visa fees and various park fees).
It was just getting light as I made my way in to the ancient city, and there were very few people around – mostly guides and people heading in to set up gift stalls.
After about 7 hours and over 20 kilometres walked, I returned to the hotel. I took a break then set off cycling, climbing up and getting a great view of the surrounding mountains.
Leaving the highway behind, I set off onto smaller roads and tracks, roughly following the Jordan Bikepacking Route from bikepacking.com
In the evening I wandered off into the desert and set up camp in the sand.