Luxor, Egypt

Luxor is a city located on the right bank of the Nile, in high-Egypt, located about 700 km south of Cairo and approximately 300 km north of Aswan. The site is visited by lots of visitors per year and is one of the most touristic places of the Egypt and constitutes the southern part of Ancient Thebes. The temple of Luxor, linked to Karnak by a dromos with a long line of Sphinxes, was erected in the 14th century BC during the reign of Amenhotep III. Ramses II changed it after adding six monumental statues and two obelisks, one of them is at the ‘Place de la Concorde’ in Paris (it was offered to France in 1831). The inhabitants of Luxor live directly or indirectly from tourism. To see: the temple of Luxor, Karnak, the colossi of Memnon, the temple of Hatshepsut, the Ramesseum, Medinet Habu (famous for the burial of Ramesses III temple) and the Valley of the kings, queens, nobles, and craftsmen.

Tips

If you prefer to go directly to the site without any excursion, you can go by ‘calèche’ or taxi. Do not forget to fix the price before going on.
A great way to explore the region is ballooning. You can do it early in the morning.
If you prefer, you can also do a camel ride in the fields bordering the Nile.
Go out in the evening, a nice walk throughout the Nile is very nice; you will find bars and restaurants to spend a relaxed evening.
If you like shopping, there is a market just down the street from the station, the first part is for tourists but if you continue a little further, you’ll find the real Egyptian market.

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Tafraout, Morocco

Tafraout is a small Berber-speaking town of the Moroccan Anti-Atlas located 180 km south of Agadir in the heart of the Ammelne valley. The town is surrounded by rocks of various shapes and is known for the beauty of its colors: pink granite and the palm grove. The main activities are agriculture mainly fruit trees and livestock. There are argan trees, almond trees, olive trees, etc. Tourism has started to grow in recent years. Near Tafraout there is a female agricultural cooperative in the Aguerd-Oudad village, which produces and sells argan oils and aromatic herbs, as well as amelou (grilled and ground almonds made from argan oil). Like several places in Morocco, this village also had its place in the cinema with a few scenes shot for the film The black stallion. You will find small cafes and restaurants around Mohamed V Square.

Tips

You can make a day trip from Agadir.

The valley is an ideal place for lovers of walking or cycling.

One of the most beautiful seasons to visit the village is in the spring when the almond trees are in bloom.

If you want to visit the souk, this one is held around Mohamed V square every Wednesday.

Pyramid of Cheops, Giza, Egypt

The Pyramid of Cheops or Great Pyramid of Giza is a monument built by the ancient Egyptians; more than 4,500 years ago, forming a pyramid with a square base of 230 m and 137 m in height; presumed tomb of Pharaoh Khufu. It is the only of the seven wonders of the world of antiquity to have survived until today, as being also the oldest. The pyramid is part of a complex where there is a funerary temple of two parts: valley temple or bottom (associated with a harbor jetty on the edge of the cultivated land) and an upper or top temple (tchapel where clergy deposited daily offerings), located near the pyramid. There is a monumental tiled corridor serving as connecting gallery between the parties. There are also three pyramids of queens, a satellite pyramid, surrounded by a wall, connected to the communication gallery and multiple mastabas (funeral buildings) grouped into three cemeteries located to the east behind the queens pyramids at south of the Great Pyramid, and on the west of the pyramid of King.

Tips

It is recommended to do business with a local guide accredited by the Ministry of Tourism to ensure that there is room for a domestic tour inside.
You can do a carriage ride to take pictures and see the pyramids and the countryside. Remember to negotiate the price.
There are many sellers on the site that can be quite pushy but if you are showing any interest they will not insist too much.
You can also visit the site at night to watch the spectacle of sound and light.