Cairo – The Magic of the Pyramids

If you’re in Cairo, even for a short time, you can’t leave without seeing the Pyramids. Of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramids are the one still existing today. If you want to make the most of your Pyramids visit, check out my guide below…

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The Great Pyramids of Giza

Get a Guide

If you want to get the most out of your Pyramids trip, get yourself a guide. Getting a good one can always be a bit of a minefield so a word-of-mouth recommendation is worth its weight in gold. A number of friends had gone with Sara from Deluxe Tours Egypt and she more than lived up to her reputation.

Not only does she make you feel welcome and safe, she also seems to know everyone at the historical site. This has a number of benefits. First of all, she knows all the local scams (of which there are many!) and thus how to stop you getting stung. She also knows how to sweet talk the security guards to get photos in places others can’t.

Top tip – be wary of the local on a camel who poses for a photo. Whilst it’ll make for a great shot, be prepared to then get hassled for money for the privilege.

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Out touring with Nevin and the crew…

Go at the Weekend

The traffic in Cairo is notoriously horrific. You can spend hours in the car and move a matter of metres. Don’t let this ruin your trip by going at the weekend – Friday and Saturday in this part of the world. We started at 8am and made our way across the city in super quick time, getting to the pyramids before the crowds had arrived. This enabled us to get some great photos before the bus loads of other tourists flooded the site.

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Visit early on a weekend when it’s quietest…

Ride a Camel at the Pyramids

If you’ve never ridden a camel before, this is the place to do it. A few tips on how not to embarrass yourself. First of all, be loose. A it can be a bit of a bumpy ride so the more rigid you are, the harder it will be. Relax your body and roll with the motion. Next, take Fat Joe’s advice and lean back. When your ship of the desert kneels down, they’ll go down head first. If you’re not leaning back you’ll be coming off quicker than you wanted to.

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Ride a camel with a view…

Explore a Burial Chamber

If you want to feel like a real adventurer, get inside a burial chamber. Make your way down the steep and tight decline (I’m guessing the ancient Egyptians weren’t 6″2′) to the hot and humid burial chamber. Whilst it’s pretty awesome to be down there, don’t expect too much. Anything historical and valuable was thieved years ago by tomb raiders. That said, it’s not often you get the chance to descend into a  real piece of ancient history.

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Go Tomb Raiding… just mind your head

 

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