If it weren’t for Petra and the surrounding scenery, it’s doubtable that many people would visit Wadi Musa. The town is more expensive than most in the country, it isn’t particularly charming, and the quality (and value for money) of its many restaurants and hotels isn’t as high as you’d imagine – especially considering the town sits at the head of such a world-famous site. Nevertheless, Wadi Musa does provide an adequate base for a few days while you explore the ruins, although it will most certainly be the ruins that you remember. – Daniel
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Consider staying here for a few days, and buying a multi-day ticket to Petra. It’s such a large and impressive site that you surely won’t regret visiting it over a few days.
Staying at the top of the hill affords much better panoramas, but you’ll have further to walk to Petra. It’s not so bad on the way out, but after a long day of exploring the site that final hike up to the top of the town can feel extra long.
Alcohol is extraordinarily expensive here. You might want to consider stocking up at the airport, or even in Aqaba or Madaba where there are dedicated liquor stores.
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