Cairo | Pyramids of Giza


cairo, egypt, giza, pyramids, pyramids of giza, great pyramid, sphinxThe Great Pyramid of Giza.I recently had the opportunity to travel to Cairo, Egypt for for work. Even though it was a two-week trip, I didn’t have a lot of time for sightseeing, just one weekend and a few evenings here and there. I made the most of my time and got to see the highlights, including the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx.cairo, egypt, giza, pyramids, pyramids of giza, great pyramid, sphinxThe Pyramids of Giza.Since most tourist attractions close daily at 4:00 p.m., I was only able to scratch the surface of what Cairo — let alone Egypt — has to offer. I definitely plan to return one day with Kail (we’ll have four years to do so from Jordan)!cairo, egypt, giza, pyramids, pyramids of giza, great pyramid, sphinxPyramid of Khafre.Seeing the pyramids in person is difficult to describe in words, and photographs don’t do them justice. They are huge. The Great Pyramid is about 138 meters tall, with a base 230 meters wide. The second-largest pyramid, the Pyramid of Khafre, is slightly smaller, 136 meters tall with a base of 215 meters. And these are their present-day dimensions; they were even larger when they were built thousands of years ago, but time and the elements (and earthquakes) have eroded them.cairo, egypt, giza, pyramids, pyramids of giza, great pyramid, sphinxLook how small those people are in comparison!There have been differing theories throughout history about how the pyramids were built and how long it took (or so Wikipedia says), but our tour guide informed us that they were built by teams of laborers — some responsible for cutting stones, some for transporting them from hundreds of miles away, some for construction, etc. — over some 20 years. One thing is certain: They are a sight to behold.cairo, egypt, giza, pyramids, pyramids of giza, great pyramid, sphinxHanging out on the Great Pyramid, NBD. I don’t know why I look so awkward.We also saw the Great Sphinx. Our tour guide specifically asked me to rebut the common opinion that the Sphinx is “not that big” or “so small compared to the pyramids.” His view: It’s a statue! And it’s the largest statue in the world carved from a single rock.Giza-Pyramids-32The Great Sphinx.The Sphinx is about 70 meters long, 20 meters wide and 20 meters tall. Apparently tourists always state the same similar refrain about the Sphinx being smaller than expected. But in comparison to the pyramids, it’s hard not to seem small.cairo, egypt, giza, pyramids, pyramids of giza, great pyramid, sphinxGiza Necropolis.I booked a tour with GAT Tours, a company recommended to me by a friend who has lived in Egypt for the past two years. Our tour package was $55 per person and included private transportation, an English (and Portuguese and Spanish) speaking guide, entrance fees to all sites — the Pyramids of Giza, Memphis and Sakkara (the latter two which I’ll write about later) — and bottled water. Another complimentary part of the package: photography services!cairo, egypt, giza, pyramids, pyramids of giza, great pyramid, sphinxTour group.I was the ultimate tourist, and opted for a camel ride across the desert, with the pyramids in the background. (In reality, the camel ride lasted about 15 minutes, with 7.5 of those minutes being used for photo opportunities.)cairo, egypt, giza, pyramids, pyramids of giza, great pyramid, sphinxCamel ride.I even posed for a series of stereotypically silly tourist photos, including ones where I look like I’m touching the top of the pyramid or pinching it between my fingers. All on the back of a camel, of course. When in Rome Cairo …cairo, egypt, giza, pyramids, pyramids of giza, great pyramid, sphinx“Pinching” the pyramid.What’s the most stereotypically touristy thing you’ve done?See more photos from Cairo.

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

12 thoughts on “Cairo | Pyramids of Giza

  1. Great photos. Some places you just have to take all the touristy photos, I think mine were in Rio at the Christ statue, since I’m Brazilian, it feels funny being a tourist in your own country. My husband had a great time though.


  2. SO FUN! I have always wanted to go see the Pyramids of Egypt. That tour looks amazing. Looks like you were having so much fun! I thought with my heat sensitivity, I would write off going to Egypt, but after seeing these pictures I have to do it.


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