Disappointing Travel Destination: Pyramids Giza | They are masterpieces of ancient architecture, engineering marvels, world wonders for a reason, but out of reach for tourists. Yes you did read right. We recommend not travel to the Pyramids of Giza. Here is why:
When reaching the entrance to the Pyramids, a dozen of men will jump on your vehicle, bang on it and shout at you. They are trying to stop your car right there, hoping to get you on one of their mule-drawn carriages. This is illegal, but keep in mind: you are in one of the world’s poorest countries. People are desperate. Once you enter the site, there will be a constant nagging of merchants wishing to sell you souvenirs or offering a ride on their camels.
It’s annoying, but you still want your selfie with the pyramids in the background! So you just continue to say no for the next 20 minutes. Now imagine this: Police has no more authority due to the lack of respect from the Egyptian people. This security vacuum led to an influx of locals including donkeys and camels. The stench of piss and shit is horrendous at the Pyramids of Giza.
Everybody – humans and animals – are pissing everywhere. A layer of smelly shit covers the entire area. Watch your step. To make matters even worse: you don’t see that in the broshure. The area around the pyramids is just a big dump site for rubbish. Plastic bags and toilet paper with patterns on it fly around everywhere.
Meanwhile Egyptian media continues to state tourism has increased by this and that magical number, while failing to report that there are no more tourists at the Pyramids.
Instead of going thru that same lovely experience you might check in at Mena House. The historic Mena House Oberoi hosted Winston Churchill, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Charlie Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille and soon maybe you. This hotel has managed to retain its charm. Stylish interior design makes you feel like you have traveled back in time. Having a nice but expensive lunch and a fancy coffee with the Pyramids of Giza in the background will be your reward.