This is one of my favourite images from Egypt apart from the obvious great Pyramid of Cheops, the character of the camel makes it special. Both are icons of travel and the Pyramids of Giza are the only survivors from the original Seven Wonders of the World.
Located on the edge of the Nile and the outskirts of Cairo the pyramids are icons of travels. It maybe clichéd but a visit to Egypt and particularly the pyramids of Giza is high on any traveller’s bucketlist.
The Great Pyramids are extremely impressive, however not all are completely enamoured with them once visited. This is more to do with the overall visitor experience than the pyramids themselves.
Apart from the big three, there are several smaller pyramids which were built for the tombs of pharaoh’s wives and ‘lesser’ members of the royal families. Apart from taking a camel ride there are horse drawn carriages, taking one around to the far side of the site provides a great view of them all.
Giza is not only a magnet for tourists it also brings the touts and hawkers keen to make a living from the hoardes of visitors the site attracts daily. This is usually the ‘downside’ mentioned by most that have experienced the pyramids, they can be persistent and it can be a trial by trader . The best tactic is to remain polite but firm, do not display any interest in their merchandise or their resolve will be increased. If you are looking for a souvenir there are better places to purchase one.
A camel ride for those that have not already had the pleasure is worth taking but be sure to barter for the best rate and do not be afraid to walk away if you feel it is too expensive.
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