Solo Female Travel in Petra

Nestled amid striking pink sandstone cliffs in southern Jordan's desert landscape, lies the stunning archaeological city of Petra. Known as the "Rose City" due to its fascinating rosy-hued rock-carved architecture, Petra presents an enticing blend of intriguing history and mesmerizing natural beauty. Once a thriving Nabatean capital, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is renowned for its spectacular monuments, including the grandeur of Al-Khazneh (The Treasury), a towering façade hewn directly from a cliff face, and the colossal Monastery, reached after a steep climb. The city also boasts a wealth of tombs, temples, and ancient Roman-style theatres that whisper tales of a majestic civilization. Petra's allure is not confined to its antiquities; its surrounding landscapes offer plenty of majestic vistas, perfect for hiking and exploration.

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Safety:Very safe

Petra is generally safe for solo female travelers. The locals are usually welcoming, and the city itself is heavily toured so you are likely to be surrounded by other travelers as well. However, like any destination, it is important to stay aware of your surroundings, especially in more isolated parts of the city. There may be occasional instances of catcalling or undue attention, but these instances are typically minor. Majority of the local vendors are respectful and only interested in selling their goods. Following standard travel safety measures should offer a comfortable visit.


Exploring Petra is somewhat challenging due to its vastness. The archaeological park stretches over 60 square kilometers, so be prepared for lots of walking. Depending on the weather, the heat might also pose a challenge. However, with adequate preparation such as comfortable footwear, ample water, sunscreen, and a good map or guide, it can be quite rewarding. Hiring a local guide could make navigating easier. It's not a torrentially difficult adventure, but certainly not a walk in the park.

Things to do:Interesting

Petra is a spectacular archaeological site and offers a fantastic adventure for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts. Its famed red-rose rock-cut architecture, including Al Khazneh and the Monastery, are not to be missed. Additionally, you can hike through various trails for stunning views of the city and landscape. However, its popularity can lead to crowded areas at peak times. The Petra by Night experience is particularly entrancing when the site is lit with thousands of candles.

Food:Above average

Petra has a number of dining options that offer a mix of local and international cuisines to cater to various tastes. Local cuisine with native spices and flavors typically dominate the scene, offering an immersive experience of Jordanian culture and customs. The popular dish Mansaf is a must-try. Restaurants range from high-end to budget-friendly, with some even providing stunning views of the Petra site. You may find less diversity in international cuisines. The street food scene isn't very vibrant but local food stalls manage to hit the mark.


Petra, can be moderately budget-friendly. The entrance fee to Petra is indeed quite high, however, accommodations and food in Jordan are generally not expensive. Travel costs can be kept down with careful planning and avoiding tourist traps. However, the overall expense can vary depending on your travel style and choices.

Is Petra worth visiting?

Group travel experience

Petra is an Amazing site but it's better to go when there are not a lot of tourist. The site is really Big so it take at leadt one day to visite it. You can also go at the end of the day After 3 or 5 pm to visit it. Groups of tourist are gone so you can easily walk by

Posted: November 2, 2023Experienced: October, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I stayed at my Petra Hostel home and the owner was very friendly and helpful. I went in March and Wadi Rum was cold, but it was beautiful, it is still my favorite part of the trip.

Posted: November 20, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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