Since time immemorial, the nomadic desert people of Jordan and the Arabian Peninsula have raised horses. Today, traveling by saddle remains one of the best ways to explore the ancient Nabataean city of Petra and the nearby desert of Wadi Rum. Here is what you can expect from horseback riding tours in and around Petra.
- Conserve energy by riding a horse from the nearby town of Wadi Mousa to the archaeological site—a journey that normally takes around 20 minutes by foot.
- Clip-clop through the Siq, a long and narrow high-walled gorge that serves as the main entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra.
- See the highlights of the stone city of Petra, including the magnificent Greek-inspired facade of the Treasury, from the saddle.
- Trot along paths up nearby Mount Aaron, also known as Jabal Haroun, a holy pilgrimage site for Muslims, Christians, and Jews, before completing the final ascent to the summit, where a small shrine is located, on foot.
- Embark on a horseback riding trek through the red sands of the nearby Wadi Rum desert, an area immortalized by T.E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom and the 1962 epic film, Lawrence of Arabia.
- After your horseback ride, wash off the desert dust and soak tired muscles at spa resorts in the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba.