Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt

After a delayed flight, I finally landed in chaotic Cairo at 3 in the afternoon. From there, someone helped me to get a visa on arrival and whisked me off to the guest house right in front of The Great Pyramids.

It took us almost an hour drive from Cairo International Airport to Giza. The traffic was the worst I’ve experienced and drivers don’t really follow traffic rules. Most of the streets have no lanes at all and some buses and vans leave their doors open. Avoiding cars AND accidents left and right is another story to tell. If you survive or are an expert in driving around topsy-turvy Cairo, you’ll be great driving anywhere—-even in Bangkok, Manila, or Mexico – combined.

By the time I arrived at Giza Pyramids View Guest House and was ushered into my room on the rooftop, sunset has already begun. I wasted no time, I took my best friend (aka tripod) and camera and clicked a series of shots.

On my first afternoon, the sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt was amazingly golden. 

Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt.
Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt.

I’m no stranger to breathtaking sunsets anywhere in my travels.

Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt.
Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt.

But, this one is something you’d never dream of witnessing.

Sphinx Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt.
The Sphinx, the Pyramids, and the sunset.

The Sphinx, the Pyramids, and the sunset. What better view could you ask for?

Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt.
Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt.

A sunset like this is always a good way to end your first day in a foreign country.

Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt.
Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt.

On my second afternoon, the sunset was indescribably awesome!

Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt.
Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt.

The sky turned so pink—as if giving me another day of fabulous welcome to the country which is on the very top of my bucket list since high school.

Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt.
Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt.

I‘m so glad I stayed at Giza Pyramids View Guest House because it’s literally right in front of the Sphinx and with a great view of the whole Pyramids landscape.

Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt.
Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt.

Hostel/Hotels with Views of the Pyramids in Giza

Well, if you are on a budget, there are two guest houses/accommodations I’d recommend: Giza Pyramids View Guest House, Giza Pyramids Inn, and Comfort Pyramids Inn. All these three guesthouses have views of the pyramids. If you can afford a bit more, Jimmy’s Pyramids Views and Marvel Stone Hotel will suit you.

Do not expect a really great accommodation. Stay for the view but not for the amenities. And also, despite their conditions, these places aren’t cheap nor backpacker-friendly.

Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt.
Sunset at the Pyramids of Egypt.

How to Save Time and Money in Cairo

Cairo is still cheap. In fact, Egypt is the second cheapest country I’ve ever been to. However, taking public transport is a challenge – crowded and hot. If you’re a solo traveler and you’re up for it, then, I’d recommend you to do it. Taxi? Good luck! It’s either the driver will pretend to take the shorter route or fooling you with the meter. Both happened to me. And not to mention bad driving skills. 😂

On the other hand, if you have little time in Cairo and you want so much to explore – join a tour! It’s more informative and hassle-free from harassment in public transport and avoids the scorching heat.

 

KeepCalmAndWander

A wanderer. A frustrated photographer. Hiker. Lover. Half extrovert, half introvert. Solo traveler.

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