Photos from a trip to Egypt

Last April I was traveling in Egypt, one of those must-see destinations for any traveller thanks to its great archaeological wealth. And despite some another attraction, the most interesting is certainly admire the ancient Egypt of the Pharaohs…


I landed in Cairo when he was getting and upon arrival in the hotel where I was staying, I could give a tour of the surrounding area. I saw the city centre filled with life, with many shops and people walking down the street. But yes, that day and throughout the trip we saw certain details indicating that normalcy was only in appearance, were not missing the platforms in the squares and long queues at petrol stations and banks…


But the visit to Cairo will leave for the final trip and already formed group, we caught a 4 × 4 to go to the white desert. It’s a peculiar desert, with curious rock formations of white, shaped by the sandstorms that occasionally plague the area.


After camping in the desert and enjoy a beautiful night under the stars, we took the 4 × 4 heading to the Valley of the Nile. We went through several oasis as the Dakhla, we visited the Temple of Ibis (only Persian monument in Egypt) in Kharga and the Christian Necropolis of Bagawat. We also had the opportunity to know the House-Museum by a local artist in Farafra, with its beautiful sculptures in clay.


After two days of road trip finally arrived at Luxor, on the banks of the Nile River and in the heart of Ancient Thebes. There we were able to visit the Temple of Luxor, the Avenue of the Sphinxes that mark the path to the entrance pylons.


The Luxor Temple is one of the oldest places of worship in the world. Throughout history, it has undergone several modifications by the Muslims, who built a mosque inside the temple, and also the Christians, who tried to cover own Egyptian hieroglyphics with murals.


From Luxor we come to visit the Temple of Karnak, known in the ancient Egypt as Ipet sut, “the most revered place”. It is a large complex with several temples, stores, huge columns, sculptures… possibly the most complete in Egypt.


Not far from these two temples is the famous Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, which are home to the vast majority of Pharaohs of the new Kingdom tombs. Unfortunately the cameras are not allowed, a pity because some tombs as the Ramsés VI are truly spectacular, with elaborate and colorful engravings that today are preserved in an exceptional way.


We left Luxor for heading to Aswan, visiting on the way the Temple of Edfu, are its impressive pylon at the entrance and several dark rooms…


From Aswan we were able to visit one of the most spectacular places in Egypt, the temples of Abu Simbel, with its impressive sculptures of 22 metres high, which took 20 years to be carved on the rock. The danger of finishing flooded by the construction of a dam, in 1964 the temples were moved stone by stone to where they are now, 200 metres from its original location.


Before leaving Aswan we could know the Philae Temple, built on an island on the River Nile. It is part of the complex called Museo al Aire Libre of Nubia and Aswan, which was declared world heritage by the UNESCO in 1979.