Not far from Petra is Little Petra, perhaps best seen before the main site as an atmospheric introduction to Nabataean tomb architecture.
A suburb of the ancient city, it comes complete with its own mini-Siq, tombs, temples and various examples of domestic architecture, including water channels and some faint frescoes.
When Burckhardt tricked his way into Petra, he did so by asking to make a pilgrimage to Aaron’s Tomb.
This remote shrine sits atop the highest peak in the region beyond the far side of the city, overlooking Wadi Araba, and the white dome can be seen from miles around.
For the more adventurous, full-day treks can be organized up to the tomb and back, a chance to enjoy the amazing scenery and get away from the crowds.