What a phenomenal experience. To think these structures are from the ancient world and constructed without machinery is baffling; especially given the size of each stone. Even though it is clearly marked not to climb the stones, many do. It can be quite treacherous. We saw a few injuries there. It's very hot. Once you assimilate yourself to that it gets easier.
Absolutely wear a hat or cap and plenty of sunscreen. Drink a LOT of water. The dry desert heat is brutal and can quickly dehydrate you. Be watchful for pickpockets here. There are huge crowds. Always keep an eye on your belongings. Don't give your camera or cell phone to anyone. They may run with it. We saw this happen more than once. Yet, many people ask to have their pictures taken. Lots of Bedouins and gypsies selling overpriced carved resin trinkets and souvenirs. If you are going to ride a camel, try to have your guide prearrange it. We did that. It was trouble free and it only cost a couple USD tip. One problem is getting people on the camel for a tour and then taking you out very far for a ransom price in order to get down from the camel. It's very high off the ground. If you say no, they make you get off and you have that long walk back. Don't let these things prevent you from going. It is truly a bucket list experience. Very awe inspiring to see this. As you approach by
plane, the area of Giza is brown and barren and dry and stands in direct contrast to the area closer to the Nile where it is more like a jungle with lush, tropical foliage. I loved seeing this.
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