I guess you have to see these pyramids because they are one of the wonders of the world. I was surprised how close they are to the streets of Cairo. There are many streets where you have the pyramids in the background (see my photos).
We went down into one of the smaller pyramids that was open on the day. We were told it was free, but a guide forced himself on us and then asked for money as we began the incline to go back up. I found this a bit scary as there was no one else there, just me and him (they only let one group down at a time due to space , and my partner had begun the ascent). The decent down into the chamber was more a ladder than a stairwell, and required keeping the head bent over. It was awesome to feel the energy down there.
Due to the crisis in Egypt there were fewer tourists than usual, and this decline may have had something to do with the overbearing manner of the hawkers who were everywhere. We were strongly advised by our guide just to ignore them, and this seemed to work best. If you look at them or show any interest, or even politely say “no thanks”, they will continue to pursue you. My wife, who was completely covered with a long dress and head scarf was approached by one fellow who proceeded to place his hand on her shoulder (unacceptable in Egyptian culture). She said nothing but just pulled away, indicating that it was not OK. The hawker swore at her in an abusive manner. Personally I was relieved to get back on the bus where they couldn’t get to me, as the barrage from these spruikers can easily become overwhelming .
There are also spruikers offering camel rides, and others on horse back or donkeys. They make a good picture in their flowing robes and headdresses against the backdrop of the pyramids, but if they spot you they will hassle you for money.
Despite being a “must see” experience, I was really more interested in the journey from Alexandra, and in the tour of Cairo, where we could get an idea of how the common folks live.
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