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Travel Guide: Egypt’s First long-distance Hiking Trail

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This new hiking trail is considered to be the first long distance trail in Egypt, it begins and ends by the Gulf of Aqaba, the 105-mile Red Sea Mountain Trail will take hikers through the epic deserts of Sinai.

Egypt is known for its breathtaking scenery of mountains, and through this trail, tourists will be able to walk through the mountainscapes west of the beach-side of Hurghada. Thus giving them an authentic experience of Egypt, and introduce them to Egypt’s beautiful culture and the local Bedouin tribes.

This trail was previously composed of ancient routes that Bedouin created; to help them in traveling, trading, and hunting, and it is owned by a local tribe names Maaza.

The 42 day sea-to-summit route is just the perfect way; to showcase Egypt’s iconic wilderness.

The aim of the project is to of course benefit tourism and also the Bedouin community; by preserving their culture and showcasing it to the world.

It will help give Bedouins leadership roles, and empower them to tell their own stories about the heritage of their homeland.

If you’re not much of a hiker, don’t worry because there are easier and shorter circuits within the Red Sea Mountain.

Note that such a hike can’t be done on your own, and that having a local guide is mandatory for safety measures.

“From vast, desert plains to deep gorges and high, rugged summits, and from crumbling Roman towns to prehistoric rock art and chapels of Egypt’s early Desert Fathers the Red Sea Mountain Trail shows the best of the region’s inimitable beauty,”

For all their latest updates, and to follow up on their hikes, check their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/redseamountaintrail/ or visit their website: http://sinaitrail.org/

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Egypt’s Red Sea Mountain Trail Makes it to TIME’s List of World’s Greatest Places

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TIME magazine released on Thursday their second annual list of the World’s Greatest Places which features 100 destinations from around the world that offer tourists an extraordinary experience, and Egypt’s Red Sea Mountain Trail has made it to the prestigious list.

 

This list is created through a number of nominations from the magazine’s own editors and correspondents, in addition to experts in the industry. Categories vary from restaurants, landmarks, to hotels and theme parks, and they are divided into places to visit, to stay and places to eat&drink.

The Red Sea Mountain Trail is a community tourism initiative that was developed five years ago and was founded by British geographer, Ben Hoffler with the help of mountaineer and adventurer, Omar Samra.

 

The project aims at supporting the Bedouin community economically, while at the same time preserving their endangered cultural heritage, the Trail is headed by Sheikh Merayi Abu Musallem of the Bedouin Khushmaan tribe of Maaza, which is yet another move at empowering Bedouins to take charge in developing sustainable adventure tourism for their own areas.

 

 

 

 

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Baron Palace: What You Need to Know About the Ongoing Restoration Process

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The Baron Palace, one of Cairo’s most prestigious and astounding landmarks will open its doors to welcome the public next October as 90% of the renovation process that began last year has been completed.

Restoration process started last year in August and had cost around 100 million EGP. Now, the long wait is almost over as Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, has announced that 90% of the restoration project has been indeed completed.

You may have heard of the controversy that surrounded the renovation process when pictures of the palace emerges with another burnt sienna color, many found it outrages and began complaining about how the restoration process has ruined the beauty of the place and that the outer color isn’t a match to the previous light beige.

In response to these speculations, the minister of antiquities toured the historic palace for a follow up on the development of the restoration project. The minister then assured the public that the color hasn’t been changed and that they are the same as the original ones, only that the impact of weather and time caused people to believe the palace’s color changed after its restoration.

The Baron Palace is truly a one of a kind architectural masterpiece that was built by the Belgian millionaire Édouard Empain, who came to Egypt at the end of the 19th century from India. The palace is located in the heart of Heliopolis in Cairo and covers an area of around 12.5 thousand meters.

The palace is designed in a unique way in which it allows the sun rays to enter all of its rooms and lobbies, this is one of many reasons that make the palace one of the most luxurious palaces in Egypt.

 

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Giza’s Bent Pyramid Opens To The Public For The First Time

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Egypt has opened the Bent pyramid of Dahshur to visitors, the pyramid was built for the pharaoh Sneferu and is considered to be a key step in the evolution of pyramid construction.

The pyramid is now open to the public after restoration works have been completed, and as of last weekend the public are now allowed into the massive 4,600-year-old pyramid and can climb its 79-metre narrow tunnel from a raised entrance that leads to two chambers inside.

A man walking through the passage in the ‘bent’ pyramid of King Snefuru.

Visitors will also have access to an adjoining 18-metre high “side pyramid” that was possibly built for Sneferu’s wife Hetepheres, the pyramid is now open for the very first time since its excavation back in 1956.

Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany also reported on Saturday that Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered a collection of stone, clay, wooden sarcophagi and mummies, in the Dahshur royal necropolis. All of which were uncovered during on-going excavation work that took place near the pyramid.

Anany also exclaimed that the Bent Pyramid along with other pyramids located in the area of Dahshur are all registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

We hope that such astounding discoveries and restoration to ancient landmarks can spur tourism and drive more tourists to the historical parts of Egypt.

 

 

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