Less than a day’s walk north of Petra, Little Petra is aptly named: it features many of the same architectural and geological features seen at Petra itself. Visitors who enter Little Petra through the slender Siq al-Barid (the Cold Canyon in Arabic) will begin to understand its name as the high walls block any sunlight and keep the 350 meter crevasse much cooler than the surrounding area.

While smaller in area than Petra, Little Petra makes up for its inferior size with a superior utilization of space. As you walk down the main street, each carved set of stairs to your left and right will beckon you to further exploration. In your wanderings, be certain to peer into the remains of the several triclinia that would have likely been used as places of entertainment for traders passing through. It is highly recommended that you also take time to meander through the remains of what was likely a Nabatean temple. Finally, a visit would be incomplete without stopping at the “Painted House” to take in the awe-inspiring artwork still visible inside.  The dwelling is one of very few painted home interiors remaining from the Nabatean civilization.

Sites in the Dana Region:


Magnificent lithic formations abound in the largest nature reserve in the country.  Wander your way through all four biogeographical zones of the region in the span of only two days.


Nestled in the midst of the majestic Dana Nature Reserve, Wadi Feynan’s archaeological remains tell the secrets of neolithic peoples who began a long history of copper mining in the region.  The ruins and the official archaeological site are a must-see on your way south toward Petra.


Let the ornate facades of this ancient Nabataean capital captivate your gaze as you wander its worn paths.  Breathtaking cave dwellings, the infamous treasury, and a grand palace will transport you to another time when this site was a bustling center of trade and commerce.