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.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Petra – Little Petra – Ras Namalah

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 – Quraiqara

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 enter 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 Village

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.

 Prices and more information please contact us: info@desertparamours.com

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