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The ancient Nabataean city of Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Jordan’s wonders—its soaring architecture carved into vivid red cliffs. Beyond the ruins lies a modern-day Bedouin community, where neighborhoods of cement-block houses coexist with ancient herding traditions. That heritage enlivens the dusty city, and you can encounter the Bedouins’ renowned hospitality at open-air tea shops and desert excursions.

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