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.
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.
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.
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.