Collected by Maggie Fuller, AFAR Staff
Ancient Egypt is so much more than pyramids and sphinxes. For about 2,000 years, Ancient Egypt thrived as a civilization, creating effective systems of bureaucracy, medicine, mathematics, and agriculture. But we wouldn’t know any of this if they hadn’t also created effective means of capturing and preserving their achievements, partly in their written language and art, and partly in feats of engineering and architecture so solid, they still stand today.
16 Ettimad st.Luxor, Luxor, مدينة الأقصر، الأقصر، 83000, Egypt
When visiting the Temple of Hatshepsut, be sure to hike over the top and descend into the Valley of the Kings. The hike takes 30-45 minutes and is accessed by a trailhead near the visitor's center. From the top you can take photos, but you'll not...
Red Sea Governorate, Egypt
The Philae temple complex, situated just south of Aswan on a picturesque island in Lake Nasser, dates back to Ptolemaic times—some 350 years B.C.E. Although you can visit by day, the sun is merciless and will suck your energy right out from you....
Abu Tesht, Qena Governorate, Egypt
Walking in deepening twilight past a towering obelisk, and then through the Hypostyle Hall and colonnade of 134 massive pillars—10-12 meters tall—capped with stylized papyrus and calyx, into a broad solar court, I was able to envision only the...
Aswan Governorate, Egypt
The Great Pyramids of Giza are very impressive and rightfully earn their wonder of the world title. But then there's Abu Simbel. The site has, well, personality. Ramses II is present at every turn, as is his wife Nefertari. Four giant likenesses...
Luxor City, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
The ancient temple ruins at Karnak in Luxor, Egypt, are the second most popular tourist attraction in Egypt after the Pyramids at Giza and the Sphinx. Karnak was built starting more than 4,000 years ago and was constructed, destroyed, and...
Adfo, Markaz Edfo, Aswan Governorate, Egypt
About 100 km upriver from Luxor is the Horus Temple at Edfu, the most complete and best preserved temple complex in Egypt. Edfu Temple is Ptolemaic. Just 2,200 years old, it's a mere baby in this ancient land, and is, in fact, built on the site of...
Madinat Habu, Al Bairat, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
This temple was far less touristy and much more colorful than the other main temples in the area. Go in the morning or else, like much of Egypt, prepare to feel the fire of 1,000 suns. Even in the morning it's quite hot in June. This temple is...
Luxor, New Valley Governorate, Egypt
A short ride from Luxor is one of the most incredible places on the planet, the Valley of the Kings. Home to more than 60 tombs of royals and other important personages, it is here where you will find Ramses and Tut, their tombs still decorated so...
El Zinia Gebly Street, الكرنك الجديد، Luxor, الأقصر 11432, Egypt
Most visitors to the Valley of the Kings are unaware that just a short drive away is another portion of the Valley, which few experience. Known as the Western Valley, or the Valley of the Monkeys for images found in one of the tombs, this part of...
Egypt Madinat nasr, Mustafa Al Nahas Intersection with Abbas Al Aqad, Cario, الوادي الجديد، Egypt
Having recently been to Egypt and having the chance to see the great pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, I realize how much you can get out of using a professional local guide, especially when they can get you exclusive access. Looking back at my...
Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt
One of the most famous landmarks, the pyramids that grace the Giza Plateau certainly don’t disappoint. Nearly 4,000 years old, these mystical tombs have captivated the attention of people around the world since they were first built. Tourism is...
Dahshur, Azab Shobra Damanhour, Markaz Damanhour, El Beheira Governorate, Egypt
On my last trip to Egypt, we hired a driver in Cairo to take us to see the Red and Bent Pyramids of Dahshur. I am not sure why these are often overlooked by most tourists, but I am not complaining. Aside from one other couple, we were the only...
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