The Pyramids: Giza’s Most Famous Attraction

The Pyramids: Giza’s Most Famous Attraction

What comes to mind when you hear the word Egypt? For many, it’s the Great Pyramids of Giza. These famous landmarks have been known to draw people to Egypt from all over the world, and last August, I had the chance to see the pyramids with my own eyes, even in the wake of the new election and uncertainty of the political state of the country. For me, it was the opportunity of a lifetime, and I am so glad that Jeff and I decided to take it.

After visiting the pyramids of Dashur and Saqqara, we eventually made our way to Giza to finally see the most famous pyramids in the country. At first sight, even with an obstructed view of apartment buildings, I could feel the excitement bubble up inside of me.

Giza's Most Famous Attraction

I was blown away by how close they actually were to the city, even though I had been told this before I saw it for myself. Then, I was equally shocked by their size. Even though we had visited pyramids earlier that morning, these were by far, the most impressive.

As we entered the gates, surrounded by Egyptian families celebrating the end of Ramadan, I still could not believe where I was. Even as we walked through crowds, camels, and horses, the moment was pretty surreal.

We decided to start up at the view point on the top where all three pyramids, set in front of the city of Giza, stood in a row. There we took some photos and took in the place where we were standing; a place where many people died in order to create these massive structures.

Giza's Most Famous Attraction

Giza's Most Famous Attraction

Giza's Most Famous Attraction

After taking a few photos of the three pyramids, we figured this would be the best place for our camel ride. Since Jeff and I both have short attention spans, we decided to take the short ride down to the pyramids; fifteen minutes would be enough time in the Egyptian heat.

Giza's Most Famous Attraction

We rode downhill to get a closer look at the pyramids, and I checked off another item on my bucket list. The area we rode through was quiet, and it was easy to soak up the rich history that surrounded us.

When our ride was over, we headed to the pyramids themselves, and though there are signs that informed us that climbing was not permitted, it’s hard to obey them when everyone around you is doing the same.

Giza's Most Famous Attraction

Standing next to the massive blocks, I was able to fully grasp the magic behind these colossal structures, and it made it even more difficult to believe just how these pyramids were constructed. At 5’3″, I am used to feeling small in the world, but next to the pyramids, I felt miniscule.

These blocks of stone had been built a long time before I was born, and they will still be standing here long after my time on earth 1s done.

Giza's Most Famous Attraction

We decided to walk around a bit more, taking in the sights in front of us. The opportunity to venture inside the pyramids was there, but with the hot weather and the experience already under our belts, we declined, and I have no regrets about that. Just being able to marvel at the pyramids from the outside was enough for me.

Giza's Most Famous Attraction

Giza's Most Famous Attraction

It was quite the experience to see these famous landmarks with my own eyes, and something that I will never forget. While it was hot and crowded, the feeling of being surrounded by such great history is one that will stay with me for my entire life.

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Comments (10)

  1. Carla

    Great shots! Either you had the place nearly to yourselves or you’re really good at hiding the hoards with your shots 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! It was relatively empty; mostly Egyptian families, since they all had the day off. We did have to work at it a little to avoid the crowds, but I’m sure in the past it was much more crowded.

  2. D.J. - The World of Deej

    Incredible pics…I had no idea the pyramids were so close to the town. Every pic I’ve ever seen makes them appear to be in the middle of the desert!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! Yea, I know. The photos always make them appear like they are in this desolate place – secluded from everyone and everything. Alas, this is not true. Though, in SOME areas you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere – those were the areas I liked the most. 😉

  3. the lazy travelers

    LOVE THIS. the hubs and i added 3 days in cairo to our honeymoon itinerary specifically so we could see the pyramids, and it was sooo worth it. you guys look so cute!

    1. The World Wanderer

      So worth it! Happy you got to work it into your itinerary. We worked it in somehow too, haha, and three days really did work well. Though, next time, I’d like to see more of the South. Luxor was lovely!

  4. Fiona

    Completely understand the surreal feeling when seeing famous landmark sites – was totally awe-struck when I saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy this summer!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Oh, I still haven’t seen that yet! Isn’t it so cooling seeing these things in person?

  5. Raul (@ilivetotravel in Twitter)

    Erin, aren’t they AWESOME??? Like you I did a camel ride and then returned days later and did a galloping horse-ride. We wanted MORE time gawking at these structures. Like you, though, going inside didn’t add anything in our opinion (5 of us who were traveling around Egypt together) – we skipped it both times and, again like you, no regrets!!!

    1. The World Wanderer

      They are incredible, Raul. Oh, I saw the horse-ride, and actually, I do regret not doing that. I guess it will have to happen next time.

      Glad I’m not the only one who didn’t do it. They are so amazing outside, who needs to go inside? 😉

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