The Rose Red City of Petra was the highlight of our company incentive trip to Jordan.  It wasn't just because of its title, being one of the 7 wonders of the world. It was the experience of journeying through massive rocks which catapulted me back to History of Architecture class in college.

The influence of Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman and Byzantine Architecture carved on the rocks was astonishing. It was a 3-hour hike under scorching heat, as we found temporary relief under the shade of huge mounds of ancient sculpted rocks. 

240 km south of Amman
Dramatic Entrance to the City, through the Siq
Al Khazneh, The Treasury at Petra
Gateway to the Treasury
Inside the Treasury
Our Group Photo
Great Temple, Petra
Royal Tombs

The funniest memory I had of Petra was when a heavy colleague rode a donkey during our descent on the rocky slopes. I remember the screaming donkey who constantly complained on the weight on its back along the way. 


At the time of organizing this trip, we had our HR and Admin. take care of our visas in Dubai. Since it was an organized group tour, the application for Jordanian Tourist Visas was easy.

Do Filipinos need visas in Jordan? Yes.  This can be done through Jordan Consulate in Manila.

Requirements as follows:

  • Valid Philippine Passport (not less than 6 months validity)
  • Photocopy of Philippine Passport (biopage and pages with immigration stamps)
  • 1 Visa Application form, completed and signed (this can be obtained at the Jordan Consulate in Manila)
  • Two (2) recent Passport Size Photographs
  • Confirmed Return Air Ticket (Manila to Amman, Return to Manila). Stopovers in Israel will cause delay in your application
  • Copy of Hotel Reservation
  • Proof of Financial Support (Bank Documents)
  • Non-refundable Visa Application Processing Fee.  
Contact Consulate General of Jordan in Manila for Visa Inquiries

Address:  Room 315, 3/F Sitio Grande Building
                409 A. Soriano Avenue, Intramuros
                Manila 1002, Philippines
Tel:        +63 2 310 5160
Fax:       +63 2 5434181
Office Hours:  9:00 - 17:00 

*The above information is subject to change. Please contact the Consulate for updates.

What to Wear

It is hot especially during the summer months of June to September. Wear lightweight fabric like cotton or linen.

Hats and sunglasses. Lots of sun protection. The air is often dry, so bring moisturizer.

Be modest. Revealing shoulders, legs and cleavage is frowned upon. To avoid awkward and unwanted reactions, wear capri pants. You can wear tank tops but bring scarves to cover your arms when needed.  Linen shirts and cardigan for cold evenings.

Lots of desert walking along sandy paths, comfy shoes, flip flops and sandals.

Love & light,
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  1. Great post. Love your pictures, they really inspire me to add petra to my ever growing bucket list. Good that you have shared visa info as well.

    1. Thanks Emily, it's definitely worth the travel.

  2. Whoa, so cool you visited this Wonder of the World! The heat and the remoteness of this place scare me off a little bit, but after seeing your pictures .. Maybe someday!

    1. I agree with you, it's really far away but once you reach the entrance towards the Siq, you will find groups of visitors so it doesn't feel as isolated.

  3. Can't wait to stop at your pictures, really would love to go to Petra any day soon!! How stunning it looks!! Poor donkeys... Even under the heat I think it is more than worth the hiking, don't you think so?? ;)

    1. Thanks Fabio, yes absolutely, I will brave the heat anytime for a hike in Petra. I'm sure during the colder season, it's not going to be a problem. We just went during the hot months.