Visiting Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza had always seemed like a far away dream that would never come true.
After studying and learning about them in history classes it felt like worlds away from my everyday life.
I never thought I would be lucky enough to be walking amongst them.
Our first glimpse to the Giza Pyramids was the first morning in Cairo as we woke up at the Mena House Hotel to open our curtains and be greeted by a majestic sight.
After hiring a private tour guide through the hotel, we were on our way.
My jaw must have dropped a few times as we got closer and closer to this iconic landmark.
Seeing the impressive pyramids with our kids in tow was truly an incredible opportunity and one we will not easily forget.
There were many awe moments but one that I remember the most was when we climbed on the giant boulders that make up the largest of the pyramids.
We took a rest at the edge of one of the most impressive sights in Egypt, and all of a sudden it sunk in that my impossible dream had found its way into reality.
To top off an already unforgettable day, our guide informed us we would be able to enter and explore inside one of the pyramids.
Talk about a unique opportunity to see inside a structure thousands of years old!
Just as a word of caution, we were only allowed to take photos with our phone inside (without flash) while our guide waited outside with our SLR camera, they are strictly prohibited from entering.
We took these next photos with our phone and limited lighting.
Not the best quality, nonetheless a unique opportunity to capture the pyramid in a truly rare way.
We made our way through walkways, tunnels and stairs.
At times it was a little tricky and hot but of course the experience was well worth it in the end.
Visiting inside the Pyramids of Giza was truly an experience of a lifetime and something beyond amazing and special.
Here are a few tips and suggestions for visiting the Pyramid of Giza:
If you are entering the pyramid be sure to buy a separate ticket.
As mentioned earlier they do not allow the camera to enter the doorway of the pyramid.
Leave it outside with someone you trust and turns going inside.
Additionally, we found the air to be very stuffy and humid inside, in spite of the weather being cool and comfortable outside.
There were only a few people when we visited but had to take turns waiting for them to make their way through small and narrow tunnels.
My advice would be to visit during low peak season.
I can only image how much hotter and crowded it must get during the summer, so I avoid it if possible.
We didn’t see any food stands near by so pack snacks and water.
We had a driver take us to the different locations of the pyramids (walking is not recommended) however, other options include hiring a camel or taking a horse carriage ride.
Be sure to bring cash for the ride and potential souvenirs.
Lastly, I wanted to address the biggest questions I continue to receive about traveling to Egypt:
Is it safe to travel there – specially with kids?
I must admit that as we planned our trip I found myself with the same concerns about safety as well as the friendliness of the people towards westerners.
We were warned by many that we should not travel there but to our surprise we found our experience to be far different from anything expected.
We took precautions, just as we would traveling to any big city in the world, yet we never felt at risk or threatened in any way.
From the moment we arrived we were pleasantly welcomed by the locals.
The best part of our experience was that everywhere we went we found ourselves surrounded by crowds of young people who were eager to say hello, smile and even take photos with us and our children.
That being said, I would strongly suggest checking for any travel warnings or bans before you go as there are is always threats due to local political and religious strains that Egypt is currently facing.
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