AT THE ROCK CAMP PETRA
The Rock camp is located on the scenic route of Wadi Nemelleh which leads to Wadi Araba, in the heart of the ancient incense & spice trade route. Taking advantage of their unique location and protective surroundings, the Nabataeans harnessed the rain water, a rare commodity in the arid desert, building dams and rock-carving water channels to create a major caravan station along the route offering water, safe haven to caravans, and irrigating fields of various kinds of grapes they grew. A rare & intact rock-carved grape press and 2,000-year old Nabataean water channels can be seen today at the campground.
The camp also dominates the entrance to the beautiful narrow and winding hidden gorge of
Siq Ba’ja which leads to the 7,000 B.C. naturally fortified Ba’ja Neolithic village; where its dense terraced stone houses are still well preserved and sheltered from all sides by high rock formations
(ropes required up to the village).