Cycling is an amazing way to get closer to the landscapes surrounding Petra with a choice of distances making this a more inclusive alternative to trekking, horse and camel rides. Cycle rides to Little Petra, across Wadi Rum and through traditional Bedouin territories can all be undertaken on either tarmac or well tramped surfaces with rest stops for tea, fruit or coffee always presenting welcome refreshment. Most organised cycle tours allow travellers to bring their own saddle along for familiar comfort and although bikes don’t usually have panniers, lunches are generally carried by the support team which helps to lighten the load. As it’s impossible to cycle on sand (it has been tried so don’t bother), there are loads of tracks and trails to take you through Wadi Rum and beyond with the 40km descent to the Dead Sea from Madaba providing one of the best freewheel coasters ever invented. Cycling to locations like Jerash, Mount Nebo and Petra herself are all incredible experiences and all the more rewarding for having undertaken the journey by bike.