A Few Tips for Visitors to Petra

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Petra
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As an attorney and business executive, Mark Fretta has held positions such as associate vice president of operations for ART Corporate Solutions and senior legal advisor and athlete agent for 5Ring Insight. A world traveler, Mark Fretta has visited more than 42 countries, but still counts Petra in Jordan as one of his top two favorite locations.

If you are planning a trip to Petra, you will want to consider a few important details prior to finalizing your itinerary. First of all, choose to visit in spring or fall unless you enjoy stifling heat; the best times range from March to May and September to November.

If you want to have time to visit all of the important features in Petra, allow yourself at least two full days. The Petra Archaelogic Park easily offers enough opportunities for five days of exploration or more. If you have a tight schedule, however, you can see a lot in one day.

Some of the best sites in Petra not to miss include a hike up to the monastery building with its spectacular views, the pillars of the Hadrian Gate, and a journey through the passage known as the Bab Al Siq, or gateway to the Siq. You can hire a guide to ensure you make the most of your experience. Note, however, that the law requires you to hire a certified guide.

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