Egypt is a popular tourism destination because of the many standing wonders found in it. Tourism is undoubtedly among the great revenue earners for the country. One of the most frequented Egyptian places is Giza City, home of the Great Pyramids. The city is flooding with architectural wonders. Located at the northern side of the Giza Plateau, Giza City is approximately 10 miles to the west of Cairo, the biggest city in the African continent and the 5th largest in the planet.
Giza City is identified as the necropolis of old Egypt called Memphis. The Great Pyramids of Giza are the prime tourism attraction. The structures are more than 4,500 years old. Visitors are awed that seeing the sight of the pyramids is like transporting back to thousands of years ago. The structures are made of three pyramids along a sphinx, a huge odd figure with a peculiar body of a lion and a head of a man, believed to have been constructed to serve as the necropolis’ guardian.
The Great Pyramids are comprised of three huge pyramids, namely, the Great Pyramid of Khufu (also known as Khufu’s Horizon), the Great Pyramid of Khafre (also called Khafre the Great) and the Great Pyramid of Menkaure (known as Divine Menkaure). There are more than a hundred other smaller pyramids scattered around the country, most of which are older, but the Great Pyramids of Giza are undoubtedly the most popular.
Khufu’s Pyramid is also called the Great Pyramid of Giza. It is the biggest and oldest of the three ancient structures. As such, the sole pyramid is known as the only survivor among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. No one could miss the mighty sight of Khufu’s Pyramid. It is about 30 times bigger than the huge Empire State Building in New York. Interestingly, the pyramid is large enough to be seen from the moon.
For more than 3,800 years, the Great Pyramid of Giza had been considered the world’s tallest man-made structure. No less than the Romans and the Greeks had recorded the wonder of the pyramid. What is most appealing about the structure is that it is enduring enough to last numerous efforts to dismantle and plunder it. To most tourists, the Great Pyramid, along with the two others, is a proof of ancient Egyptians’ superb mathematical expertise, as well as construction, organizational and project planning knowledge and skills.
What to do
The best vacation activity in Gaza is sight-seeing, but of course. There are many breath-taking ways to see and admire the pyramids. The most popular among tourists is camel-riding out into the vast desert very early in the morning. Just after sunrise (at dawn), bystanders will feel the coolness of the desert breeze. It may be too hot to wander off the desert by noon or early afternoon.
Climbing any of the pyramids is prohibited, though interior access is offered to tourists at fairly expensive fees. The insides of the structures are not for claustrophobics (people who are afraid of enclosed spaces). Because Khufu’s Pyramid is the most popular, access is somehow restricted. Going inside the pyramid requires an extra ticket fee. Entry is also restricted to just about 300 visitors a day, so if you came in a little late, chances are you could book an inside tour the next day.
Around the pyramids could be found numerous local villagers who sell trinkets and postcards. Some rent out camels for rides. There are a number of village shops that sell different crafts and souvenir items. Other villagers seize opportunities by serving as instant tour guides. Some tend to be creative in earning revenues by dressing up in colorful Arab fineries and decorating camels so that tourists will be lured to take pictures. Be reminded that taking photographs with such villagers and camels comes with specific fees or commissions, called baksheesh.
From the site of the Great Pyramids of Giza, tourists can also take innovative tours to the plateau of Abusir and Saqqara, where many other pyramids could be sighted. Many tourists are lured by the idea of traveling from one place to another through riding camels. Thus, most guided tours offer camel riding, which can already be a tourist attraction in itself.
Nightlife is capped by evening light shows that are truly spectacular. There are scheduled light and sound shows that are open specifically to tourists. Different travel and tourism firms produce such shows, so do not be surprised that some of the shows come in alternate languages. This facilitates a night of comprehensive and magnificent narrative.
How to travel, where to stay and when to go
The easiest and best way to go to the Great Pyramids of Giza is to get to Cairo, Egypt’s capital, first. From other countries, you can book sea or air travel. Giza City is just about 6 miles to 7 miles away from Cairo. Thus, tourists can easily hire a cab to cross the Pyramids Road and get to the vicinity of the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx.
There may not be accommodations in the vicinity, but tourists could stay at popular tourist hotels in Cairo and Giza City. Egyptian hotels offer extensive facilities, though standards could fall short compared to hotels in Western nations. For just about $10, any vacationer could book a hotel room overnight. Luxury resort accommodations could be as costly as $220 per night, still dependent on demand. Be reminded that reservations in hotels, hostels and pensions could be a little more expensive in Cairo than in other places around the city.
March and April are spring months, considered the peak tourism season in Giza and Egypt as a whole. Tourists could best enjoy touring around as the weather gets very comfortable, though occasional desert storms could happen. Needless to say, most tourist crowds come in spring, making roads congested and accommodations logically more expensive. Summer months of May to October are very hot. Expect to book cheaper hotel rates and choose from more holiday accommodations available.