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Petra is a worldwide known site, and an amazing place. However it is a very touristic place as well, and many people come to Jordan for a 3-days or one week trip, just to visit Petra, the Wadi Rum and one more thing. The daily price to enter Petra is therefore huge (70JD). But there are two good news for the Nomad. First and sadely, the war in Syria scares many people and Jordan is now very empty of tourists. Petra that used to have thousands of tourists everyday is now a pretty relaxed place to visit even if you still get offered donkey and camel rides all the time. Secondely, it is possible to sneak in Petra and enjoy the day for free.
It is a big site and only the main entry is done so that you cannot pass without paying. But before arriving to Petra, going out of the city Wadi Musa, take the road on the right that leads to the bedouin village Um Sayhun. Walking on the road, Petra is now on your left and a bit behind. Half way to the bedouin village, go off the road to the canyons and avoid as much as you can being noticed. From there walk into the canyons until you find the right one, at some points small and narrow. You might have to climb/unclimb a very little bit, and then you are on site. It can take one or two hours of walk before finding, follow your instinct, and it is anyway a nice walk ha ha! Look on a map before and maybe make a drawing it can help you.
Once on the site, it is advised not to hang out too much with the locals because people from security are more likely to ask for you tickets then: they would not suspect people alone, 'normal tourists' to have find a passage by themselves without help of a local. If you are asked for your ticket, pretend until the end that you have lost it or you have thrown it away because there is a fine for sneaking in.
When you want to leave, just take the normal exit, the main entry. You can also go into Petra from the bedouin village, this is how the locals working in Petra come. It is much easier but as well a known way and looking as a tourist, you might get spotted from far and caught easily.
Take a lot of water because shops charge a crazy price for bottles. You can drink the water from the toilets but it tastes very bad.