Petra city shuttle

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Some of the Badawi people from Wadi Musa let their horses for rent to tourists - only around the next three corners of the siq (the gorge that leads to Petra) - and the horses are intelligent enough to manage a quick return. This one just seems to feel well and attent (visible by the ears pointing to the front), there's no sign of malnutrition or ill-treatment, and its boss, a Badawi leader, seemed to have a lot of affection for it.

In the evening he and some other men of his tribe gathered together to do races - always two at once from the entrance of the gated area to the guard's house where the narrow part of the siq begins. It looked neck-breaking... but guess who won...

Most of the other horses working in Petra are not that lucky: Their duty is to pull small carriages with tourists through the narrow siq, always on a soil made of concrete, natural stone or angular gravel - and, in fact, they don't look as healthy as our friend here.

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Comments (8)

K@rin on December 28, 2010

I really love this photo, so nice ton sur ton colours also the horse fits in really well in this colourscheme :) standing there really good posing , 1st like for this , think you had a wonderful trip here, cheers K@rin

Filippo Bilotti on December 30, 2010


Gracias por la visita,bueno ya Avensa no existe, y el campamento lo maneja el gobierno, y muy mal,lo que sigue igual es el paisaje, si quieres ver mas fotos de Merida y de venezuela puedes visitarme en Facebook(filippo bilotti) esta foto me gusta,LIKE2,

Saludos desde Venezuela.


Feliz Año nuevo 2011

Zygmunt Borowski on February 17, 2012

A passenger was killed while driving?. Lik3 3

Best regards, Zygmunt

roeli bindels on February 19, 2012

when I was in petra I saw that these horses were very badly treaten........they hardly could walk and had to carry a big fat american tourists :( a way of earning big money in a poor country.....

Jared J. Myers on February 22, 2012

Dear Roeli, you're perfectly right! Many of these horses pull small carriages with tourists through the siq at an incredible speed and ruin their hooves on the stony ground. This one is the exception - it belongs to the boss of the local horsekeepers and seems not to be beaten or malnutrified.

Best regards


Jared J. Myers on February 22, 2012

Dear Borowik,

the killed passenger was put into the Mausoleum of the Obelisques nearby and was revived by Dushara and al-'Uzza, the chief gods of the Nabataeans. Now he neighs loudly from that grave every evening when the Old City of Petra closes its gates.

Anna “Anka54” Zduńcz… on April 9, 2012

piękna sceneria..Like..pozdrawiam Anka z Polski

Adam “Dziadek59” Maś… on August 3, 2012

Piękny i dumny rumak, zdjęcie też dobre by nie było bez tego wierzchowca.;) Pozdrowienia - Dziadek59.

A beautiful and proud steed, a picture would not be good without the mount.;) Greetings - Dziadek59. L

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  • Uploaded on December 12, 2010
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    by Jared J. Myers
    • Taken on 2010/12/03 10:18:30
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 70.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash