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- 98%History Buffs
- 70%Local Culture
- 70%Adventure Travelers
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- The SphinxMember ofLocal CultureAdventure Travelers
About as enigmatic as it gets, the Sphinx, no matter how many times you've seen it is movies, will fill you with a sense of wonder and awe. Unfortunately, climbing up on top of it's head for a photo op is strictly forbidden.Recommended for:
- The SphinxMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5
Again you will be dealing with the crowds and the vendors here so beware. I really do love the Sphinx and just seeing it in person makes the trip worth while. Enjoy the wonder of its mysteries!
- The Sphinx
O que dizer dela? Dizem que se descobrir o segredo da Esfinge descobrira o segredo do mundo! da vida, de tudo... Estive lá ha tempos, teria eu descoberto algo! teria eu ficado quieto sem chamar a atenção para mim, e depois colocar em meu livro? Pois se eu digo lá que descobri o enigma da Esfinge estaria no Cairo até hoje. (apanhando até contar). E então, será que coloquei no livro Revelação O Grande Cientista? e partes no Tempo, relatividade por extenso, e distribuído em mais dois livros anagramáticos que se entrelaçam formando os quatro apena um? Eis o mistério de Luigo Legna!
- The SphinxMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodies
The Sphinx was a lot smaller than I imagined, but no less wonderful. Most shocking however, it that is now looking at a KFC (and one that doesn't even know what a proper southern biscuit is).
- The Sphinx
Amazing, pure and simple, but we all know that.
The tourist location for the Sphinx and the Cairo pyramids is one and the same. I don't know why GoGobot treats them separately for review.
Some things that made our visit interesting:
The place is loaded with official police, nicely armed. They and the official-looking "guides" expect cash for pointing you to the best photo opportunities; and you do have to pay them if they show you how to rest your arm against the pyramid so as to have a photo taken that looks as if you're holding the pyramid up. Resist paying and you're in for a serious harangue.
Hawkers and sellers of all kinds swarm among tourists, with children making many of the sales - who can resist a raggy child selling carved camels, or offering you alledgedly ancient coins for a dollar each? Camel tender men entreated us to take a ride almost with every step. We were warned not to get on a camel, because the cost getting on is one price, but the cost to get back from the desert can be substantially higher. Not always, but frequently enough to keep me away from the camel men.
Take a bottle of water, because you'll be out of your car for at least an hour; maybe longer if you walk from the Sphinx to the pyramids - about a five minute walk along a dusty dirt roadway; I recommend you get back in your car and try for a decent parking space at the pyramids; better than a hot, tiring walk. The Sphinx is a five minute walk from the pyramids.
Surprisingly, everyone is allowed to walk right up to the pyramids, and even climb up a short distance where possible. But the Sphinx is roped off so that it cannot be touched... not like the commercial photos that make it look like you can walk right up to it. While we were there a pickpocket had slipped under the ropes at the rear of the Sphinx, with police in hot pursuit, and he climbed quite high onto the back of the Sphinx before he was caught. The police recovered the stolen items, but we did not stay around to see if the possessions got back into the hands of the tourist- If I had to guess I'd say no. We had an armed guard with our tour group, and he really watched out for us- he told us that guards are now required for tour groups.
The pyramids are within sight of Cairo, just outside the edge of the city, a very quick trip to get out there. Miles of desert lie beyond the pyramids, and it's an amazing sight.Recommended for:
- The Sphinx
Here's the thing: the pyramids and sphinx are awesome. They really are. Look at them, they're gigantic and incredible and ancient. BUT:
You're going to want a guide with you to defend you from the touts and people trying to get you to buy their plastic pyramid sets. If that's something you really want, go for it, but in my opinion it's pre-trash that I want to avoid picking up.
The hassle definitely detracts from the experience, as does the pollution and the city of Cairo itself, but if you're prepared for it, if you go early in the morning when it's cooler, if you bring a hat and water, and if you have a guide, you can enjoy yourself.Recommended for:
- The Sphinx
Usually a stop on the tour of the Cairo pyramids (as they are nearby), there is an opportunity to walk around the sphinx outside complex. Lots of rag-a-muffin kids running around looking for a handout: they are harmless. Ignore them and they will go away.
- The Sphinx
Esta a un costado de las piramides de Giza y si bien en un principio decepciona su tamaño, ya que al lado de la gran piramide (140mts) la Esfinge que es de solo 22mts se ve pequeña, pero realmente es una experiencia muy entretenida sacarse fotos con ella de fondo o en las mas divertidas poses. Ojo con la gente que anda por ahi y amablemente se ofrecer a tomarte una foto ya que despues te van a pedir dinero a cambio y mas vale que tengas.
- The SphinxMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8
Worth the trip and a chance to get to see the history first hand. It is like nothing you can imagine just by seeing pictures or a television special. Try and stay away from the locals trying to take your money for a picture or camel ride. Try and go with a local.Recommended for:
- The SphinxMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersArt & Design Lovers
Yes, it is smaller than you realize and there is a Pizza Hut not to far away. It is still impressive to think of all of the history behind this and the surrounding area. There are also the people trying to sell you stuff all over the place but just saying no and they go on to the next willing victim.Recommended for: