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Egypt

Facts about country

Capital Cairo

Population

67 Million

Main Languages

Arabic

Electricity

2 Plug System 220 Volts 50Hz

Currency

Egyptian Pound

Exchange Rate for US $ as of May 2001

3.85 LE per 1 US$ 

Safe to Drink Tap Water

No

Size

1001449 sq km

Transport

Train, bus, minibus, boat (ferry), taxi, plane

Cash Machines (ATMS) Yes
Credit Card Usage Yes
Religion Muslim + Christian 
Measurement System Metric System

Recommended Budget per Day in US $ 

Total Budget per Person Accommodation Meals Transportation Other
25 $ 5 $  5 $  5 $ 10 $

Main things to See (we give descriptions only on places we visited)

Things to See  Visited Brief Description Recommend (10 is best 1 is don't bother)
Cairo Y The life and blood of Egypt,  by far the largest city 12 to 16 million people live there.  The main sites are the National Museum, Citadel, the Bazaar,  many mosques and more.  The national museum is huge and one could spend easily a day in there.   8
Giza (Pyramids) Y Right outside Cairo where the Pyramids and the Sphinx are located.  This of course is the must see in Egypt.  However it is not a must see to go into the Pyramids.  It costs more than the entrance fee to the whole site and inside the Pyramid one gets to walk though just an empty tunnel. 9
Luxor Y The Valley of the Kings and Queens are across the Nile form Luxor.  This is where the famous burial site excavations are.  In town is the Luxor temple and right outside the city is the Karnak Temple.  8
Aswan Y What makes Aswan famous is the Aswan dam.  This is a not a must see,  but if you are there a while take a look. 5
Dahab Y The hippie sanctuary in Egypt.  It is dirt cheap to eat and sleep here.  There are also inexpensive scuba diving and snorkeling activities. You can also do some hiking at Mt. Sinai.  6
Abu Simbel Y The Great Temple of Abu Simbel  and the Harthor Temple is there.  They had moved these temples out of the way from the rising waters caused from the building of the Aswan dam.  This is the absolute must see and is well worth the trip! 10
Port Said Y Present surprise for us when we visited.  Actually has a nice board walk. The Suez Canal starts here on its way up to the Mediterranean Sea.  Very hot and humid. 5
Alexandria N
Dakhla Oasis N
Sidi Abdel Rahman N
Marsa Alam N

Popular activities and Tours (Being not included does not mean they do not exist)

Hiking / Trekking X
Scuba Diving X
Historical Sites X
Sightseeing tours X

Ballooning

Bungy Jumping

Safaris

Boat tours X
Fishing X
Horseback riding X
Canoeing X
Camping
River Rafting
Sky Diving  
Abseiling  
Surfing  
Windsurfing
Kayaking
Sailing
Mountain biking
Roller blading  
Motorbike  X
 Sand boarding
Snorkeling X
Water Skiing X
Others 

Feeling and Opinions on Egypt 

We spent a lot of time in Cairo, trying to get Visas for other countries.  Which was too long for us. Egypt is a land where you will be constantly be harassed by touts trying to offer you something.  However the ancient sites makes it all worth it.  Abu Simbel was easily our favorite.   In Luxor it was just too hot to do much. One tomb sort of looked like the next tomb in the Valley of the Kings and Queens.  In Dahab one do Scuba Diving courses really inexpensively, however make sure you choose the right store.  If one can put up with the hassels,  Egypt is well worth traveling in. 

 

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