Masha Heddle’s nephew briefly has prostitutes working at the crossroads inn. 
Petra , the fabled "rose red city, half as old as time", is a well known ancient Nabataean city in the south of Jordan. Due to its breathtaking grandeur and fabulous ruins, Petra was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.
Petra was the impressive capital of the Nabataean kingdom from around the 6th century BC. The kingdom was absorbed into the Roman Empire in AD 106 and the Romans continued to expand the city. An important center for trade and commerce, Petra continued to flourish until a catastrophic earthquake destroyed buildings and crippled vital water management systems around AD 663. After Saladin’s conquest of the Middle East in 1189, Petra was abandoned and the memory of it was lost to the West.
The ruins remained hidden to most of the world until the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, disguised as an Arab scholar, infiltrated the Bedouin-occupied city in 1812. Burckhardt’s accounts of his travels inspired other Western explorers and historians to discover the ancient city further. The most famous of these was David Roberts, a Scottish artist who created accurate and detailed illustrations of the city in 1839.
The first major excavations of the site were in 1929 after the forming of Trans-Jordan. Since that time, Petra has become by far Jordan’s largest tourist attraction. The site was included in the Steven Spielberg movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989 and was chosen in July 2007 as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Entry Ticket to Petra costs 90 JD (=127 USD) for those who are Day-Visitors to Jordan (i.e. those tourists staying in Israel or Egypt who will spend the day in Petra and return without spending the night in Jordan). Tourists (overnight and cruise visitors) pay 50 JD (=70 USD) for 1 day’s access to Petra, 55 JD for 2 days or 60 JD for 3 days. Students have to pay the full price, unless they have a valid Jordanian University ID; then the entry fee is 1 JD.
If you don’t feel like paying the whopping 50 JD, then another option is petra at night which is 17 JD (Sep ’16). It runs Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and starts 20:30. They will light candles all along the way to the treasury, and a lot of candles in front of it. The bad part is that you only get to see the treasury.
The 2 or 3 days tickets contains the first or last name of the owner. On the second and the third day of visit a passport is (sometimes) required along with the ticket. When choosing the length of your ticket duration, keep in mind that: 1) if you’re physically fit and up for it from dusk till dawn you can do ALL of Petra in one day, but 2) you’re probably not so you might want to split it into two days, yet 3) 3 days is definitely too much unless you’re a historian.
Jordan pass is available for travelers staying at least three nights In Jordan, it includes visa plus entry for 1 or more days to many popular Jordanian sites including Petra. Jordan Pass cost at writing(SEP ’16) was 70, 75 and 80 JOD for 1, 2 or 3 days in Petra respectively including Entry visa.(Petra entrance fee is typically 50-90 JOD and Visa is typically 50-60 JOD) Info is instantly emailed and Jordan Pass can be used immediately. See Jordan Pass website for more information. Incase you avail the Jordan pass but exit Jordan within 3 nights, you might have to pay 60 JD at the immigration.
The archeological site of Petra is not surrounded by any physical barrier and there is a separate guarded entrance for the locals not far from the center of the archeological site, but you’ll need a valid ticket in your possession to access it.
Petra archeological site is reachable by an easy 20 minute walk from the town centre or most hostels/hotels in the town of Petra.
JETT buses, both ordinary and all-inclusive guided tour, connect to Amman and Aqaba via the fast (but boring) Desert Highway. Other tourists come with organized groups, including daily trips from Eilat.Tours to Petra from Taba, Sinai and Sharm el Sheikh are also gaining popularity with charter tourism, an example .
It costs 20 JD per person to travel round-trip by JETT bus from Amman to Petra and back allowing you to see almost the entire site in an (exhausting) day trip. Bus departs from Amman at 06:30 and from Petra at 17:00 from the parking lot just outside the Petra visitor centre.
Public minibus from Wadi Musa (Petra) to Ma’an is 0.55 JD and from there to Aqaba 1.50 JD (April 2012). The main route from Wadi Musa to Aqaba is overpriced for tourists! The same for the route from Amman to Wadi Musa. With the stop over in Ma’an you should be able to pay the normal price for the public minibus.
Public minibuses also depart with no timetable (when they fill up) until midday, from Aqaba bus station(next to Souq Al Rouwaq) for Wadi Musa (1.85 JD) and the opposite. From there take a taxi and will cost you no more that 1-2JD to the visitor centre. The opposite is possible when you finish your visit. Taxis are available in the entrance of the Site and will take you back to the Wadi Musa bus station. Do not count on afternoon departures so better is to start your tour as early in the morning you can.