The ancient Egyptian city, Cairo, is the capital of Egypt. In recent years, Egypt has lost a significant number of tourists since the political upheaval and revolution. However, this should not stop you from visiting. Nestled next to the Nile River (the longest river in the world), this city holds the centuries-old history of one of the world’s first civilizations.
The museums display many Egyptian artifacts. Plus, the busy bazaars have exotic souvenirs for the taking. Just take your time and discover what the city has to offer.
HOW TO GO
Cairo is one of the largest cities in the Middle East and Africa. The international airport services international flights from all the major cities throughout the world. Plus, the airport provides ATMs which offer currency exchange. After going through customs, the white metered taxis can take you to the downtown area. But, it is better and cheaper if you can use an app like Uber or Careem to book cabs.
WHEN TO GO
Terrorist attacks continue to occur in Cairo. Since 2009, the number of visitors decreased drastically due to safety concerns. Make sure to stay up to date on travel warnings from the Egyptian consulate, to ensure you are visiting during a safe time.
As far as climate is concerned, summers are not a good time to visit. From November to March there is a temperature drop. If you are going to visit during the winter months, pack your sweaters and coats. Hotels have air conditioning, but they do not have heaters. Desert nights can be icy so make sure to come prepared.
THINGS TO DO
The Pyramids of Giza still stand proudly as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. If you want a bird’s eye view of the Pyramids, then Cairo Tower on Gezira Island is where you should head. Also, a tour of the Pharaonic Village consists of a boat ride and visit to 8 different museums.
Costs of visiting the museums are minimal; they can get as high as 180 EGP (1 USD = 18.73 EGP). Monuments aside, the Nile River flows gracefully through Cairo. Plus, you can ride a Felucca (special wooden boat) down this famous river!
Egypt uses 220 V devices for domestic purpose. Your low voltage devices need transformers to step up the volts. The sockets are Type C and F which are spread throughout Europe and Asia. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. If you are not from one of those areas, then you will need a travel adapter that fits a C or F socket.
March 8, 2017 4:25 pm
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