How YOU can help to protect Petra:
By undertaking simple and careful behaviour, everyone can help to protect the archaeological and geological heritage of Petra:
Take as many photos as you want but please resist the desire to take away coloured stones, pottery shards, mosaic tesserae or ancient coins back home. These objects belong to the archaeological site and should be left to be enjoyed by others. Also please resist buying them from peddlers or stands.
Be aware that buying and transporting archaeological material, even tiny, is illegal and subject to a penalty. Copies of antiquities should be officially certified to be legal.
Please avoid climbing on the monuments for curiosity reasons or for taking photos. Pictures showing people sitting on monuments are no longer acceptable and set a bad example to others.
Please avoid touching the monuments as any contact can deteriorate the brittle sandstone.
Please do not engrave any stone.
If you would like to visit high places like the Deir or the Sacrificial Place, walking up and down the stairs is a pleasant experience. Please walk wherever you can as riding an animal damages the fragile carved Nabataean sandstone and can harm the animals. Some sections of the steps can also be very slippery so you will have greater control if you are walking.
Please use the toilets facilities installed along the main trails throughout the site and not the tombs. Please also use the trash cans for any rubbish you have.
By following these recommendations you are contributing to protect Petra for the future.