Hi there. We were in Israel in 2010. Rented a car for Israel and spent 7 days driving around the whole country. Drove rental car to drop off in Eilat then got a taxi to Jordanian border. You have to pay a tax to leave Israel and then again when you re-enter. We walked across the border, got a taxi to hostel and our taxi driver offered to pick us up the next morning and take us to Petra. He actually has a travel business now in Jordan and I highly recommend him. Message me and I can get you his info. He is on Facebook. We stayed at Darna Beach Hostel on the Red Sea that first night. It was nice but hard beds;) in Petra we stayed at Petra Gate hostel and although it wasn't that nice, the owner more than made up for it! He was so great and that means a lot when you are in a strange place. Ride the horses both ways to the Sig in Petra. It comes with the ticket price. But you do have to tip your driver. There is an amazing buffet restaurant at the end of Petra about 4k.
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4k is the kilometers you have to walk from the beginning to the end of Petra, then you have to turn around and go back. It's much bigger than the Treasury that is see on Indiana Jones 3. It is actually the largest Roman ruin outside of Italy. You can google anything you want to go to and look at websites that will give you cost etc. We used hostelbookers.com to book our hostels. Didn't know about couchsurfing, but don't know if we would have used it as there were four of us (our family). I think we rented car in Israel with Budget, Hertz, or Avis. Sorry it was one of those, but I'm not sure which. It is beyond beautiful in Israel and we enjoyed our stay very much. Jordan is a lot of rock, but there is an overlook on the way to Petra that is measurable to our Grand Canyon. It seemed like all the drivers would stop and let the tourists see it. AMAZING!!! I had always wanted to go to Petra, and it didn't disappoint. The JD or Jordanian Dolar is close to our money (US) and we paid 50 JD to go from Red Sea to Petra. Distance is cheaper than in town. We paid 50JD to get to our hostel the day before, but it was much closer. And you couldn't negotiate your price with them like you could in Israel. Get Arab cabbies because you can talk them down. Don't drive in Jerusalem. We drove up to the hostel and parked while we were there. Driving is crazy. There is a guy on the Mount of Olives called Wally. Everyone knows him and he will take you anywhere you want to go. He likes to BS but he is very knowledgeable. Beware of peeps trying to scam you. It is OK if you are careful. The souk in old Jerusalem is great for shopping and we bought many little souvenirs. I am on facebook as Dawn Taylor Mathews and Mohammad Al Quissi is my friend. He is the one in Jordan that is a driver. He is wonderful. Feel free to friend me as that's the only way I know how to contact him. It has been great sharing info. I hope you have an amazing time and if you think of more questions let me know. Everything you can possibly want to know can be found in searches on the internet, but I can help too:)