What To Do
Cairo, Egypt

Visit One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Great Pyramids of Giza are Egypt’s most visited tourist attraction, attracting several million tourists each year. Unfortunately, such large numbers of tourists inevitably attract a number of undesirables who prey on unsuspecting visitors.

Here are some TOURIST TRAP TIPS: Don’t carry more money on your person than you need, and if going with a guide, always listen to and follow their advice.

 

Climb the outside of the pyramids is not only forbidden under Egyptian law, but it is also dangerous.

Doing the inside tour requires you to climb down on your hands in knees in front of another person. It is very cramped quarters and gets extremely hot.

Bring water with you.

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Khan El Khalili bazaar

Located in the Islamic district of Cairo, the Khan El Khalili bazaar was originally built to serve as a mausoleum for the Fatimid royal family built in 970 BCE.

By the 14th century when the first Mamluk sultan ruled the country, Egypt had been ravaged by the Black Death. Nonetheless, it continued to act as a major trade center, and as a result, several commercial properties were constructed.

The original caravanserai can still be seen at Khan El Khalili to this day. The market is famous for clothing, spices, traditional jewelry, and perfumes. The items are of high quality which is part of the reason that this market has survived for so long.

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Wadi El Rayan

Take a two-hour car ride out of Cairo, down to the shores of Lake Qarun which is located on the way to Wadi El Rayan. After seeing the lake, the road heads back into the desert, where rising dunes and impressive scenery will be enjoyed for 14 kilometers. This takes you to the entrance gates of Wadi El Rayan waterfalls. There is parking on-site.  The rest of the journey must be undertaken on foot.

Because Wadi El Rayan is such a popular area for residents and tourists alike, there are a few cafeterias operating nearby and several vendors selling fun souvenirs. You may be able to speak with local fisherman, many of which will be happy to sell you their catch of the day, and even cook it for you on an open fire for a few extra coins.

 

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