Travel to Egypt – Luxor

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Constrained by time and because I wanted to see much more of the Nile Valley, I opted for the latter, ie the night train. Like all other types of transportation in Egypt, no train is punctual.

Calatorie in Egipt - Luxor

I left about two hours late and we arrived in Cairo the next day about noon, in Luxor. Tourists have several trains with special conditions, such as sleeping for two, breakfast and dinner, and watch every car separately, but they can not fill the 5-hour delay of the train (I did 1:00 p.m. total).

Luxor At first glance it seems a small town, provincial, people burned by the run and barefoot children. The streets near the station were quite busy but it was too hard to shift to our hostel. It is called Oasis Hotel with very good reviews on the reservation sites, and recommended that “the Bible traveler, Lonely Planet. Hassan, owner of the hotel, very open, talkative and solutions to any problem you have invited us first about a glass of tea and Egypt. He told us about the area, what we have seen how we do it. Pretty suspicious at first, thinking he wants to sell his tours and jecmaneasca us, we sought to demonstrate that we can not so easily fooled. In fact, do not intend to. All tours and services we were contracted through his first quality and best price. We stayed in Luxor two days and we can not afford to waste time trying to find their own transport.

First impression of the city, as it would be a small provincial town, I would soon dissipate. As I passed from the “natives” to the bank of the Nile and the area with hotels and shops, the city has changed the face completely.impeccable streets and sidewalks, traffic incomparably better than in the Cairo, luxury hotels, cruise ships, Exotic flowers – I could describe something like the commercial city. If the pyramids of Cairo, Luxor offers you other points of interest that should not be missed: Karnak and Luxor temples, Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, Temple of Hatchepsut, Colossi of Memnon, Medinet Habu and it would be and more. I divided the two days as follows: first day – the city with temples and museums in Luxor, the next day – which is found in around the town, on the other side of the Nile, for which we arranged a tour of the hotel.

Although tired after a long trip by train and although the sun does not forgive any glimpse of the city (although it was in November), first stop was Luxor Temple of Karnak . Although including the Zoser’s complex at Saqqara have every appearance of a temple, Karnak’s was still my first contact with an Egyptian temple built by pharaohs rigors developed successively by several kings, each of them leaving their mark on temple.
Entering the temple will cost you about $ 10 , like all entrances to the tourist attractions in Egypt, and the whole complex of Karnak has been recently refurbished. It is one of the best preserved Egyptian temples , in some places even keeping the original colors and the main structure, the Temple of Amun, the religious sanctuary is the largest ever built, the building was about 81,000 people participating. Temple of Amun is flanked by several smaller temples and chapels, obelisks gigantic statues of Pharaohs and exhortations, as is that of Hatchepsut. The story of this obelisk is more interesting to be seen as attempts to erase from collective memory all traces of Hatchepsut, by his stepson, Tuthmosis III, part of the obelisk was erected.

Another temple at Luxor, I saw him in the cool of the evening, lit by powerful spotlights some, such as the effect was much more intense.

The “break” between the two temples worth visiting Luxor museum , with an impressive collection of archaeological remains, and mummification museum , where artifacts are used in this ancient process and where the entire process is detailed.

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