My written English is not so good so bear with me.
There is a lot of talk about safety at Petra, but in my opinion Petra is not as safe as you might think.
This is the story about the horrible and shamefull treatment we recieved by the Jordanian guide Riyadh from AL Jawad tours and the beduins of Petra,on our daytrip from Sharm el Sheik, Egypt to Petra, Jordan with Al Jawad tour company on tuesday august 16.th 2011.
When we arrived from Egypt to Aqqaba port in the morning we were not greeted by our English guide. He was 10 minuttes late.
We were told we were missing a bus and had to wait a short period at aqqaba castle where there would be a cafe and toilets.
This was not the case there were no access to water and no toilets were open.
All your guide from Al Jawad did was to say that he cant help us, is it not his job he said.
After an hour I managed to get the guard at Aqqaba to open a rather disgusting toilet.
Aqqaba castle is a fenced area and since we got no help and no information from our guide Riyadh we were infact kept prisoners for more than 3 hours.
Around 1300 Jordanian time we could finally leave and we driven to a restaurant, despite the fact everyone wanted to go to Petra.
We kept complaining but the guide did nothing.
We finally arrived at Petra at 1530, and the official closing time at Petra is 1700.
We wanted to see the monastery, but going up the stairs on horse back there were suddenly no tourists left, and our beduin guide got very nasty.
He sexually harrashed my girlfriend and were left alone when he fled with our horses.
We the fled down the mountain to the area with temples and restaurants and found ourselves alone.
There were no tourist police, none of the guides from the tour company, the toilest were locked, no access to water, the restaurants were closed, and no other tourists.
We were all alone with the beduins who chased us for more than a mile back to the Treasury were we finally could see other turist and the beduins disappeared.
During the chase of us we were on foot and the beduins rode very close to us and starred at us with evil eyes, yes evil eyes is the best description.
We then returned to the bus and complained again, but again there we no help
We are still in shock and anger after our trip to Jordan.
We have complained to Al Jawad tours and recieved no reply.
And also complained to the Jordan Embassy in Berlin.
This has also been posted in the Petra, jordan forum