Colorado-based attorney Mark Fretta leads A.R.T. (Active Release Techniques), Inc., as the firm’s associate vice president of operations. An avid traveler, Mark Fretta has visited every continent except Antarctica. Listed among his favorite destinations is Petra in Jordan.
An ancient city, Petra was inhabited for thousands of years. It offers modern-day visitors a wealth of archaeological sites carved into the pink-hued rock mountains that surround the area. The city first came to prominence in the first century B.C., when it served as the capital for the wealthy Nabataean Empire.
Although an earthquake destroyed a large portion of the city in the fourth century A.D., visitors to Petra can still view the archaeological remnants, including intricate tombs, temples, and a theater, left by the Nabataean Arabs. Tourists can experience these sites, and many more, up close by hiking one of Petra’s several established trails, which range from easy to difficult.
Due to its rich archaeological offerings, Petra was listed by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 28 places to visit before you die. A designated World Heritage Site since 1985, the city was also named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.