Little Petra: exploring the tastes and traditions of ‘the real Jordan’

A new initiative from a husband-and-wife team offers the chance to venture into the desert beyond Jordan’s most iconic site, in the company of local people

To say Little Petra is a long way off the tourist trail is an understatement. To get there we drive past the tourist police’s outpost, turn left and off-road alongside ancient, dried riverbeds and finally up a sand dune into the lee of a red sandstone cliff.

The only other people sleeping out under the stars are a few shepherds

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