I visited in March 2012. My guide said that he knew the guards and that I would be able to visit Abu Sir and Abu Ghorab for a small "fee" and tip for the "guides." I was more than happy to pay a bribe to visit a closed site!! My guide did not come with me, as I think he did not want to get in trouble if we were caught. So he actually drove away from the site. He was called when it was time to pick me up.
The pyramids of Abu Sir are located south of Giza and north of Saqqara. On a clear day you can easily see the pyramids in Giza and the Step Pyramid of Djoser from this site. Unfortunately for me, it was a bit hazy so my pics of those pyramids from Abu Sir didn't turn out too well.
I visited the pyramid of Sahure, and saw three other pyramids at Abu Sir. The only one I was able to get close too was the pyramid of Sahure. I was told there wasn't much to see at the other pyramids and the best view of them was in the desert on the walk to Abu Ghorab. I was able to get a pic next to the broken sarcophagus of Sahure and his wife.
I then walked for about 30 minutes to Abu Ghorab to visit the ruins of the sun temple. I stood on the sun dial for a photo op and saw the nine alabaster basins used for the blood of sacrifices. What a fun time to see a site that was closed to the public!!
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