Sometimes known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops. The pyramid was what brought me to Egypt in the first place.
One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Great Pyramid of Giza is truly mesmerizing. Surrounded by deserts, the scenery is unique.
The entrance fee is not that expensive and if you are traveling as a student, with your student card on you, you’ll get a discounted price.
What amazed me the most is the structure of the pyramids. Build as the tombs for the royals (the Pharaoh), the bricks that made up these pyramids were insanely huge!
How did the ancient people, with the so-called sophisticated technology not yet developed, be able to carry and stack these cubes on top of each other? It is really a mystery to me.
I was told that the bricks were brought all the way from Aswan, which is at the southern part of Egypt. Roughly takes about 11 hours if you are traveling by train, and 17 hours by car. Just imagined these huge bricks being transported along the Nile River. Impressive much?
The pyramids are not just to be seen from the outside. You can climb up these big bricks. If you pay a little bit more, you can go inside it to see the tombs, or what used to be tombs.
I was on a budget trip, so I did not pay to enter the big pyramids. However, there are a few smaller ones where you can enter for free. These belonged to Pharaoh’s wives.
Double-standard? Oh well, that was how the women were treated back in the ancient world.
The Sphinx, which takes the form of a mythical creature with a lion’s body and a human head, is another attraction that should not be missed.
Though The Sphinx and The Great Pyramids seem close to each other, these two attractions are not within a walking distance.
Since I was following a tour (there were only four of us: me, my friend Yi Tian, Lan, who also joined the trip and Sam, our tour leader), getting to the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx was not much a problem.
Furthermore, our driver was a student from the renown Al-Azhar University, who can speak Arabic fluently. One thing that you need to be cautious of when visiting Egypt – if you don’t speak Arabic, you’ll be the best candidate to be ripped off by them!
And not just that, they will try their best to trick you into buying stuff. Yi Tian and I, upon entering the entrance, were separated from the rest of the group. We were approached by an Arab, who took our tickets and tried to lure us somewhere. Luckily our tour leader saw us and we managed to get away from that guy.
Children were also sneaky. One boy followed Yi Tian around and forced her to buy postcards. When she refused, he got really angry. But who could blame them? With the situation in Egypt at that time, where people lived in poverty, they had no choice but to resort to this kind of life.
Anyway, don’t let this small thing bother you. Visiting the Great Pyramids is well worth it!