Touring the Pyramids of Egypt


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At first when arriving in Egypt, I thought that the pyramids were all centered around Giza, which would have made it easy to just catch a train from Cairo and see it all from there. The truth is that they are spread out over three areas, and getting taxis in between each is not wise as they are few and therefore have hard bargaining power towards those who are stuck on one of the sites. I haggled a full day, eight hour taxi down to 25 Euro and when splitting this by me and a Chinese lady who I just met it was reasonable enough. Each site charged an additional 4-8 Euro entrance, but with a student card I got all that for half price.
First stop was the most famous one, Giza, where you find five pyramids and one sphinx. These were by far the most impressing and picturesque ones, but also the ones where there were most people. Still, just like at Petra most of the people were locals and not tourists.
Our second stop, around a half an hour drive from Giza was Egypt’s oldest pyramid at Sakkhara. Here there were also some royal tombs and statues to be seen, but still it was the most boring of the three. Both at the second and third stop there were less than ten tourists all together, which shows how much more attention the pyramids in Giza get compares to the others.
At the third stop we got to see the bent pyramid (bent by mistake) and the red pyramid which was the only pyramid which was allowed to enter free of charge/ that was included in the ticket. To enter you had to go hundreds of steps down a narrow tunnel, which was built that way in order for people having to bow for the royals sleeping there as they entered. Inside there was not much space either, but just small chambers that were connected through each other through more tunnels and filled with mumies and treasures for the dead to bring with them to their next life.

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The red pyramid from the inside. People were supposed to walk bent to show respect to the royals resting there


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