I recently travelled to Cairo with my good friend Cherie and our first stop was a tour of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world – The Pyramids of Giza.
We arrived at Cairo international airport at 8 am on a Friday, met our tour guide at the airport, drove to our hotel to drop off our luggage, and drove straight to the pyramids, literally.
There was a bit of a queue at the entrance to the grounds. However, we hardly noticed the queue as we could already spot the giant pyramids in the distance. At this point, the astonishing structures looked like heaps of dirt so high, I would describe them as man-made mountains. We couldn’t quite make out the detail yet and it was bewildering to think that these man-made structures were still standing after 4,500 years.
We soon discovered that there was a large area to cover and lots to see in the Giza pyramids complex. This included the various individual pyramids, various tombs, the valley temple and the Great Sphinx. The Sphinx is a limestone statue of a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the face of a human. The face is generally believed to be that of Pharaoh Khafre. It was explained to us that it is believed that the Sphinx was built to keep guard and watch over the pyramids, which is where the Egyptian pharaohs were buried. Our tour guide explained that we would take a tour of the pyramids first, then take a 30 minute camel ride to the Sphinx. Perfect!
Up close, we could see the intricacies of the strong and solid limestone blocks that make up the giant pyramids.
One of the things that we found interesting was the way the locals would walk up to us and ask for pictures or selfies. This happened over and over again and it almost felt like we were celebrities for the day. Ha!
We covered quite a bit of walking distance and our tour guide did a great job at giving us information about the pyramids and all the other archaeological aspects that we came across. In addition, we got to go down one of the narrow pyramid entrances. What’s interesting is that most of the pyramid is block solid, with just a few narrow passages.
Finally, we took the camel ride all the way to the Sphinx.
On the way to the Sphinx, we stopped on a cliff that offered a wonderful view of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramids complex. Of course, we look lots of pictures.
We arrived at the Sphinx and found the area busy with tourists walking around and taking pictures. Thanks to the photography skills of our tour guide, I was able to get a picture of the Sphinx kissing my forehead 🙂
Our tour ended with lunch at a nearby restaurant that took advantage of the great view. We ordered rice and chicken, and guess what? The rice was shaped like a pyramid! Too cute!
Have you visited any of the Egyptian pyramids? What was your experience like? Would you visit? Do share your thoughts in the reply section below. Xx.