The Pyramids of Dashur.

traveling to Egypt

The Pyramids of Dashur.

In thinking of Egypt, one’s mind floats right to the Great Pyramids of Giza, but Egypt has many more than just those, including the pyramids of Dashur. In fact, day one in Egypt was a day full of visits to pyramids around Cairo, and a lesson or two in history that I don’t remember learning in school.

Our guide, Mohammad, picked us up at the airport, and after Egyptian tea and falafel sandwiches at a street café, we headed straight to our very first pyramid in Dashur.

Outside of Cairo, lies two pyramids that were both built Pharaoh Sneferu in the Old Kingdom. The first pyramid, known as the bent pyramid, was built incorrectly which is how it got its name. The second one was built in its place, and is known as The Red Pyramid.

The Bent Pyramid.

The Bent Pyramid.

The Red Pyramid.

The Red Pyramid.

For a small cost, you can climb into the Red Pyramid and bring your camera along with you. It’s a tight squeeze and not great for those who are claustrophobic, but the push to get inside an Egyptian pyramid is definitely incentive.

Indiana Wannabe.

Indiana Wannabe.

Entering the pyramid is a tight squeeze.

Entering the pyramid is a tight squeeze.

Once inside, you feel like Indiana Jones. Bending through poorly lit tunnels…taking in the smells of a mummy buried years and years ago…the sense of adventure…discovering the unknown. Of course, this is a tomb that’s already been discovered, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t at least attempt to play the part.

We've uncovered the tomb!

We’ve uncovered the tomb!

While there isn’t too much else to this site, it’s a breath of fresh air compared to the madness of the Great Pyramids. We got here around 7am and it was completely abandoned, giving us free reign of the place. Plus, it was cool enough, which for Egypt is never cool enough, to not feel completely over-heated after exiting the pyramid.

We took a few shots outside to remember our first pyramids, and were ready to see what else the day had in store for us. Of course, it included more pyramids.

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Comments (23)

  1. Anita

    Gorgeous pictures and you look so happy in the last one 🙂 It must be amazing to see the inside of the pyramids. Looking forward to exploring them soon by myself 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Anita! I was reunited with my boyfriend after traveling Africa for three weeks without him – it was a relief to be together again! 🙂

      It was an incredible place. Amazing how much history lies in that area. I highly suggest the experience.

  2. @mrsoaroundworld

    Stunning pics – never been to Egypt!!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you! You must go one of these days!

  3. Nate Chambers

    Love this post – I went to Egypt for the first time in May and this brought back tons of memories. How did you find the hike all the way down into the red pyramid? That was one of the highlights for me – I was exhausted!

    Did you get to ride a felucca along the Nile River?

    If you have some free time, take a skim through my post on the Red Pyramid:
    http://www.vagabondingheights.com/2012/05/egypt-day-three-i-am-egyptian.html

    1. The World Wanderer

      The hike down was difficult, and my legs were killing me the next day from being in that position. I actually had to stop a few times and breath, just to get through it. And, I almost didn’t make it down!

      Yes, we did a felucca ride while in Luxor. It was magical! Here’s my post about it: http://theworldwanderer.net/2012/11/04/felucca-on-the-nile-and-banana-island/ I will definitely check out your post!

  4. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    I remember the Bent Pyramid, and the stepped one at Saqqara but I don’t remember this one… Glad you went inside – and you are right, Egypt is never cool enough (except at night if you sleep outside on a felucca on the Nile – then you sorta freeze)!

    1. The World Wanderer

      This one is right next to the Bent one, it’s pretty spectacular, but that may also be because it’s the very first sight I saw in Egypt. Oh yes, I love the stepped one and Saqqara, I have to write about that one next, I have great pictures. Did you go inside a pyramid?

      Oh, gosh, yes, Egypt is so warm. When we were on the felucca it was still warm enough, but you slept on one overnight, right? I’d imagine it would get really cold then. Luxor was 110 degrees when we were there – yikes!

  5. John

    I’m a bit embarrassed to say I had no idea these existed, but they seem like an amazing alternative to the crowded pyramids in Giza.

    1. The World Wanderer

      It’s okay, I didn’t either, but they are wonderful. One day, you will have to visit them.

  6. Tawny of Captain and Clark

    So awesome! This is totally something we would do. I hope we make it to Egypt soon and are able to explore in your steps!

    1. The World Wanderer

      I hope you make it to Egypt soon too! I highly recommend these bad boys.

  7. Carla

    The bent pyramid looks more bloated than bent…

    And great pictures! Looks like these are well off the beaten path. Were there any hawkers trying to get your boyfriend to trade you for stuff? 😉

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, I agree, Carla! Yes, it was the perfect place to explore. No hawkers, thank goodness. Those came at Saqqara, where a couple of men wanted to trade me for camels. My boyfriend likes camels too, so he had to think it over. 😉

  8. Leah Travels

    I totally slept through that part of my history class as well. I’ve not been to Egypt, but want to go. This place looks so much less touristy than Cairo, which is always a plus.

    1. The World Wanderer

      History is so much more interesting when you actually get to explore it, don’t you think? Yes, this place is fabulous!

  9. Harvey (H-Bomb's Worldwide Karaoke)

    Not making it to Dashur is one of the few regrets I have about my recent visit to Egypt. The pyramids at Dashur are actually older than the more celebrated ones at Giza. I did get to go down inside one of the pyramids at Giza (although sadly photography was not permitted in those; I should have had the guts to at least take secret cameraphone pix, like I did when I entered the tombs at the Valley of the Kings). As well, I saw the step pyramid at Saqqara which was definitely off the beaten path compared to Cairo, although there’s no public access inside that one. And by the way, Giza was not super-crowded when I went, especially the first time, which was a Monday (a sad commentary on the decline in tourism since the 2011 revolution). My Friday visit saw more folks out and about (because Friday is a weekend day in Egypt), but still no lines to do anything there.

    I too took a felucca ride in Egypt (mine was in Aswan).

    1. The World Wanderer

      Well, Harvey, one day I hope you make it back there! We also visited Saqqara, which was great, though a bit more crowded. Giza was very crowded while we were there partially because it was the end of Ramadan and everyone had off from work. There were barely any foreign tourists, however, due to the revolution. Sad that so many people have stayed away.

      We didn’t get to Aswan unfortunately, as we only had three days in Egypt, but I will definitely be making my way back to visit in the future.

  10. D.J. - The World of Deej

    Amazing photos but, wow, getting into the pyramid looks crazy claustrophobic!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! Yes, it was pretty bad. I had to stop several times and talk myself into doing it.

  11. Anisha

    Lovely images! Esp the ones where you’re both reunited 🙂
    I visited the pyramids 5 years ago…didn’t have the courage to go inside though!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you! Well, I can’t say I blame you. If it wasn’t for Jeff, I wouldn’t have had the courage to go all the way in. I kept asking myself, “Will I regret not doing this one day?” I knew I would, so off I went!

  12. Pola (@jettingaround)

    Great photo essay (including the lovely last pic!). That pyramid entry looks rather scary, but seeing that you guys came out alive, one should not be worried too much. 😀

    P.S. “Indiana wannabe” haha, good one.

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