There are many essential places to visit in Egypt, the well-known country of the pharaohs and one of the most important ancient civilizations in history. Egypt is undoubtedly a trip that marks all travelers and that is to see the Pyramids of Egypt and the Sphinx, reach the Temple of Abu Simbel, make a cruise on the Nile, look for the Tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of The Kings, crossing the desert or getting lost in the Kalili Bazaar in Cairo, are just some of the moments you will never forget.
After a turbulent time of revolts and insecurity, we could say that it is already a good time to travel to Egypt, especially avoiding the hottest summer months, since time is an added value to this trip.
In addition it is convenient to know that although most tourists make the trip by agency, it is also possible to do it by free, or by taking local guides. If you decide to travel to Egypt with an agency, a cheaper and safer option, you can book one of the best rated circuits by travelers such as this 8-day all-inclusive or this 11-day circuit that also includes the Red Sea.
We have to confess that we have a special affection for Egypt, since it was our first trip together and it is one of those destinations that we have in mind to return soon.
Based on the experience of our trip to Egypt in 11 days we have made a list of what we believe are, the 10 essential places to see in Egypt.
1. The Pyramids of Giza
The Pyramids of Giza, the only one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World that is preserved, is one of the most impressive places to visit in Egypt and also in the world. Located less than 20 kilometers from Cairo, the 3 great pyramids with the tombs of the pharaohs Cheops, Chephren and Mycerines, stand out above the rest of the country's monuments and pyramids.
During its construction around 2500 B.C., its exterior was covered with large blocks of limestone forming pyramids of white stone in which sunlight was reflected and through which the pharaohs believed they would reach immortality.
Next to the Pyramids of Egypt is the always vigilant Sphinx, with its more than 20 meters high, which next to the pyramids are one of the symbols of the country.
We recommend whenever possible, visit them first thing (they open at 8 in the morning) because in this way, in addition to avoiding organized groups you can get some of the few tickets to visit inside the Pyramid of Cheops or Chephren , which should be taken into account that it is not advisable to enter if you have claustrophobia.
You can arrive by taxi from Cairo by previously setting a price, by minibus or bus. Another good option is to book this guided tour in Spanish with which you will be picked up at the hotel. In addition to the Pyramids, this tour includes the stepped Pyramid of Zoser, the first one built in Egypt and Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt, which highlights the statues of the Alabaster Sphinx and the Colossus of Ramses II.
2. Abu Simbel
In Nubia, in southern Egypt, there is a place that shades in beauty the Egyptian Pyramids, Abu Simbel. This archaeological zone stands out for the two temples carved out of rock that the great pharaoh Ramses II built in the 13th century. C. to commemorate a war victory. These two incredible temples in honor of the pharaoh and his favorite wife, Nefertari, had to move in 1968 to a higher location, as a result of the construction of a dam on the Nile River, making them even better known to the world.
Like the Pyramids, we recommend you to visit early, to avoid the hottest hours and more people, in addition to taking into account that it may be a good option to stay near the complex, to also enjoy the light show It is done at night.
To get to Abu Simbel you can do it by plane from Cairo in one day, or by bus or car, joining the convoys that leave from Aswan, where you will arrive after a journey of about 3 hours.
A good option from Aswan is also to book this guided tour in Spanish with which you will be picked up at the hotel.
To keep in mind that if you are going to spend the night, you can book this two-day tour in Spanish that includes tickets, light show and accommodation.
Another option that includes the cruise is to book some of the circuits in Egypt best valued by travelers with a guide in Spanish:
Map of the places to see in Egypt essential
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