Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument (Pyramids of Giza)
We finally went with the Pyramids of Giza.
With some of the world’s most ancient wonders, tourism has always been a mainstay of the Egyptian economy. In past years however, due to the increasingly difficult political situation, it has been all but decimated.
We were informed by individuals working in the field, that tourism numbers had dropped to just 10% of normal. The situation was really dire for a lot of people, especially small business owners.
As tourists, 2012 was a strange time to be in Egypt. We benefited from extremely low prices and uncrowded world class monuments, but were hassled (very aggressively) at times by the thousands of tourism operators vying for our business and trying to survive.
I can’t say that we ever felt any real danger, but there were definitely some sad/frustrating moments for us. Two tourists can only support so much of the tourism industry, and it was hard to say no to people that so obviously needed help.
Still, I’m glad we visited when we did. We had some extraordinary experiences, like galloping through the Sahara Desert, past the pyramids on horses!
Have you been to Egypt in recent years? Would you feel comfortable visiting with the current political situation?