When people think of Egypt one of the first images that comes to mind is the world famous Great Pyramids of Giza. It is also on many peoples bucket list of things to see/do in their lifetime and I can understand why. I was able to visit them within a few days of arriving in Egypt and they didn’t disappoint. It had been a dream of mine to visit the Great Pyramids of Giza since childhood and it was an amazing experience to do so. I however also knew though that I wanted to visit Egypt’s “OTHER” pyramids.
What many people don’t know is that Egypt has over 100 pyramids that are known about. Yes that’s way more then the famous 3 at Giza and way more than you will probably ever see during your visit in Egypt. I however would like to tell you a bit about the “OTHER” lesser known pyramids that are open to tourist that not many people visit and why you should visit them while you are in Egypt.
STEP PYRAMID of ZOSER
The Step Pyramid of Zoser is Egypt’s (and the world’s) earliest stone monument. It was built in the year 2650 BC.
The Red Pyramid is the world’s oldest true (successfully completed smooth-sided) pyramid. Named for the rusty reddish hue of its stones. The Red Pyramid was not always red, it used to be cased with white Tura limestone. This is my favorite Pyramid not because red is my favorite color, but because it really is just amazing sitting there all alone and huge (the 3rd largest in Egypt).
After the Step Pyramid and before the Red Pyramid was the Bent Pyramid. This was the ancient Egyptians 1st attempt in creating a true pyramid. The architects began it with an angle that they thought would create smooth sides and half way through realized it didn’t so to salvage the project reduced the angle and created what today is known as the Bent Pyramid.
What you see way at the end of this photo is what is left of the Black Pyramid. Although it was encased in limestone, it was made of mud brick and clay instead of stone and has deteriorated much faster than the rest of the pyramids around it.
OTHER PERKS ALONG THE WAY
When you visit the pyramids above you will pass by some of Egypt’s most beautiful scenery and along the way don’t forget to visit the open air Museum in Memphis. It is home to the colossal limestone statue of Ramses II.
So pictured above are just 4 more of the pyramids you can visit in Egypt known as the “OTHER” pyramids of the over 100+ there. They are known as the “OTHER” pyramids because after the Great Pyramids of Giza these are some of the best preserved pyramids in Egypt that tourist can visit. What is sad though is that not many people visit them because they either don’t know about them or think they are inaccessible. Even though I love love LOVE the Great Pyramids of Giza and have visited them twice during my time in Egypt visiting this set of pyramids as a day trip from Cairo is a completely different experience and that is why you should visit them.
You will not be clobbered by the million touts like you are at the Great Pyramids of Giza or be surrounded by a million tourist and buses like you are the Great Pyramids of Giza. It’s just you and whoever you are with and the amazing Pyramids. You are able to marvel at them with out being bothered and just enjoy the endles desert surrounding you and the pyramids. What is even better is that with the admission ticket to the Red Pyramid you can even go inside with out paying the extra 100L.E. ($17) that you would have to pay to do so at the Great Pyramids of Giza.
To visit the “OTHER” pyramids you have two options. The 1st is to do it on an organized tour that can easily be organized through your accommodation and the 2nd is to hire a private taxi for the day. The 2nd option is what I did with 3 other people I had met in my hostel in Dahab and turned out to be amazing because you are free to do it all at your own pace with the peace of mind that you have the entire day to soak it all in.
If you want a break from the craziness that is Cairo this is the perfect break for you. You leave chaotic Cairo and enter an amazing bliss that is small villages of Egypt along with some of the best marvels in the world. I hope this taught you a bit more about the “OTHER” pyramids and makes you want to visit them. If you have any questions that may not have been answered here be sure to contact me and I will be more than happy to help you.
So have you ever heard of the “OTHER” pyramids? When you visit Egypt will you visit the “OTHER” pyramids? If you have visited Egypt did you visit the “OTHER” pyramids?