Over a million visitors travel to the rock-cut architectural wonders of Petra each year. Have you ever been?
The magnificent rose-red city was first established in the 6th century B.C. by an ancient nomadic tribe called the Nabataeans.
At the crossroads between Arabia, Egypt, and Syria, it became one of the most vibrant trading hubs in the region -- a caravan center for the silks of China, the spices of India and the incense of Arabia.
Today, tourists make the two kilometer walk down a narrow gorge known as "The Siq" before being rewarded with the awe-inspiring sight of the dusky-pink face of Al-Khazneh or the "Treasury." It is the first of an array of sights, including elaborate rock-cut tombs, sacrificial altars, a roman amphitheater and the Al-Deir monastery, housed in the 264,000 square meters of Petra Archeological Park.
Few realise that among these relics of an ancient people there are still those living in the area that maintain the traditional nomadic way of life.
The Bedouins are here as controller for these caves because Petra is very important to them," said Jehad Hamadeen of the Petra Archaeological Park.
The Bedouin community has been drifting across the sand since long before Jordan existed. The name in their native tongue of Arabic literally means "desert dwellers," and for centuries they have carved a life in this harsh landscape.