How To Survive The Pyramids And Stay Sane

Strange title eh?

My dad, a world traveller, hated Cairo because of the pyramids. Why?

The pyramids come with an army of touts and for those who don’t know what a tout is, they are people whose living depends on tourism but their approach can vary. Some touts will listen to you and others simply won’t. The touts at the pyramids have a reputation for being some of the most persistent in the world. For travellers who don’t enjoy the hassle, this can be concerning.

So I have wondered how I would manage the touts and still admire the pyramids in peace.

Tuck away any desire to politely respond and simply ignore them completely.

Do not look at them. Do not look at what they are selling. Do not respond. Move away from them if necessary.

Kind of surprisingly, this worked for Jade and I.

We saw the pyramids in peace albeit a very hot and sweaty peace!

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It was a surreal experience that hasn’t really sunk in yet. All of a sudden, you emerge from the urban sprawl of Giza on the other side of the Nile River from Cairo and there they are. Just sitting there, famously, waiting to be admired. Despite having a guide to explain the history of them (or the many versions of stories attached to them) the information didn’t sink in as I stared at them in wonder.

The pyramids, right there, in front of my eyes and I couldn’t seem to absorb them.

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Maybe for the first time, I have found a tourist site that really needs returning to after having researched them thoroughly. Maybe this will help to “take it in”. Maybe the pyramids just need to be seen more than once to fully admire their grandeur, their presence, their age.

At least Jade and I now know one thing. We are definitely in Egypt!

(And for those of you who have heard the stories of the garbage around the pyramids, I am very happy to report that the garbage has mostly been cleaned up thanks to the government’s decision to implement such needed changes.)

Have you experienced touts before? What was your worst experience with them?

34 comments

  1. AnnaJ · September 14, 2015

    Yes, touts are all around in India. And being from India, over time I have learnt the art of dealing with them. 🙂 But yes, it can be really frustrating and dampen the whole experience if its somebody’s maiden travels.

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  2. Nancy · September 2, 2015

    Breathtaking! What a wonderful experience for you and Jade.

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    • lovetotrav · September 3, 2015

      Thank you Nancy. It all seems so real somedays and other days, not so much!!!

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  3. Cindy · August 25, 2015

    Great photo of your daughter 😊..regarding “touts”..hmm, I do remember (years ago) being surrounded by kids in Morocco who would twirl the tassels on their fez and beg for money..other than that, the guy selling hair extensions from a cart at our local mall is seriously pretty “touty”- HA! So glad you are having fun!

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    • lovetotrav · August 28, 2015

      Oh my goodness, you make me laugh! I can just picture the guy at your local mall 🙂

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  4. snowsomewhere · August 23, 2015

    Beautiful photo of Jade and the pyramids! I’m really bad with touts, I have no patience though I try so hard not to be rude… they make me reveal a side of myself that I’d rather not! How is it in other places over there, besides the pyramids?

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    • lovetotrav · August 28, 2015

      I don’t know yet about the touts elsewhere. I have been in my school all week and haven’t had the time to do much sightseeing yet. I will report back 🙂

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  5. The Sock Mistress · August 23, 2015

    Touts in Egypt were the worst I have ever experienced. No where since has it been anywhere as bad. Even though I was modestly dressed the entire time in long pants and long shirt, I was groped and kissed repeatedly too. We got to the point where we didn’t leave our hotel without the group. I would like to return now I’m older though.

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  6. Barbara Schutt · August 22, 2015

    Really awe inspiring and I would definitely go back for another look to soak it in. So much history. Beautiful photos!

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    • lovetotrav · August 23, 2015

      Yes, we will when people come to visit us. That will be the good part of having people to show around! Thanks for the comment. Yes, it is beautiful.

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  7. Our Foodie Appetite · August 22, 2015

    Oh wow! This is so beautiful!! Your photos are awesome! We can’t wait to experience things like this on our foodie adventures =)

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    • lovetotrav · August 23, 2015

      I hope you do as well. There are also many interesting food adventures to be found as well… here and well… everywhere. I am sure you will enjoy. Cheryl

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  8. LDG luciledegodoy · August 22, 2015

    I can imagine it to be breathtaking. I haven’t yet been there, and heard countless stories and how tough it is to survive their insistence. You did well and thanks for the tips.

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    • lovetotrav · August 23, 2015

      Thanks Lucile. We did give ourselves a tiny pat on the back when we saw them without the huge hassle that my dad always talked about.

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  9. clara@expatpartnersurvival.com · August 22, 2015

    What I loved about the pyramids when I visited was how close to the city they were. One moment you were in an urban sprawl….the next amongst one of the most iconic sites in the world! I don’t remember the touts bring too awful when we visited, at least I think I’ve known worse. I remember Tunisia being pretty bad….

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    • lovetotrav · August 23, 2015

      Yes, this is fascinating that they are so close to civilization. You expect to find them far in the desert.

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  10. joannesisco · August 21, 2015

    I think that if / when I ever get to see the pyramids some day, my reaction will be the same as yours … jaw dropped in awe!

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    • lovetotrav · August 22, 2015

      I wasn’t expecting it to be that way as I have seen ruins in Asia and Central and South America. But the pyramids were different!

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  11. Happy to hear the garbage is gone.

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  12. EmelyeKay · August 21, 2015

    I actually found the touts near the Sphinx quite a bit more difficult. Both beautiful sights though, and so worth it!

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    • lovetotrav · August 21, 2015

      Yes, they changed the lay out recently of how the touts operate near the Sphinx so I think they are less challenging there now too.

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  13. joanfrankham · August 21, 2015

    Great photos, and I see you managed to get away from the touts and tourists.

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    • lovetotrav · August 21, 2015

      I forgot to mention that. There were few tourists there so it was definitely manageable to avoid them.

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  14. garym6059 · August 21, 2015

    Very cool picture, I’m sure it is breathtaking to see in person.

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    • lovetotrav · August 21, 2015

      Thanks. It definitely is…surprisingly so since I have seen so many pictures of them before I thought I might be less impressive to see them in real life. But nope. I was wrong.

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      • garym6059 · August 21, 2015

        Your picture was more impressive than any I’ve seen in history books or online. Kind of the “boots on the ground” effect.

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      • lovetotrav · August 21, 2015

        Thanks! Taken with that good ole trusty iPhone of my daughters! No big cameras here for us…just the usual.

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