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The sights in Luxor are spectacular, but the heat in summer is practically unbearable. It takes a lot of self-discipline to focus your attention on some beautiful ancient monuments in the 40°C heat. What’s more, it’s not just the heat that’s unbearable: we were constantly getting hassled by peddlers, taxi drivers and horse-and-buggy guys. Now that fewer tourists are visiting Luxor, the locals have become that much pushier and more aggressive. The strategy we at last decided on was to pretend we didn’t know any major global language (though of course we do) and acted as dumb as possible (this was easier – for us at least). Anyhow, we felt pretty safe in Luxor. Our tour guide told us we had nothing to fear from thieves and pickpockets – only from con artists, who’ll try any trick to hoodwink a tourist into giving them more money. A friend of mine went for a horse and buggy ride with his wife, and at the end of the ride the driver charged them double the agreed price. “That was the price per person,” he said, “and there’s two of you!”

Luxor - Nile - m.h. photo

Luxor - m.h. photo

Egypt - Luxor - Luxor Temple - ga

Practicals

Transport

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Luxor - Horse-Drawn Carriages - r.t. photo

Luxor - Titanic is the name of this tourist boat on the Nile - suggesting a sense of security? - k.s. photo

Food

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Luxor - fish

Fun

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Luxor - Turkish coffee - r.t. photo

Public safety

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Egypt - Luxor - ligth weaponry to safeguard safety of Karnak and its visitors - ga

Luxor - security force

Others

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Upper Egypt -Theban necropolis - entry fee list - v.j. photo

Background

Destination in brief

Luxor is in Southern (Upper) Eypt, on the east bank of Nile River.

Luxor means The Palaces in Arabic. In ancient times used to be known as "The city of Hundred Doors. "Luxor is probably the world's most excellent open-air museum, for the fact that on an area on 417 sq km (161 sq mi) lies majestic temples such as the Valley of the king, the Karnak temple, Queen Hatshepsut temple, Luxor temple. 

Population (in 2020): 1.7 million -  (500,000 in 2012)

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 185 USD (while 270 USD in Cairo)

Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Thebes, the city of the god Amon, was the capital of Egypt during the period of the Middle and New Kingdoms. With the temples and palaces at Karnak and Luxor, and the necropolises of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, Thebes is a striking testimony to Egyptian civilization at its height.

Egypt - Luxor - downtown - ga

Nowadays

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Egypt - Luxor - ga

People

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Luxor - Medinet Habu - watch man - v.j.

Luxor - old cleaning man - b.v. photo

Attractions

Luxor - The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut (Djeser-Djeseru) - ga

Egypt - Luxor Temple - ga

Luxor - Medinet Habu - v.j. photo

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Karnak

Luxor - Forecourt Colossus of Ramesses II at Temple of Amun in Karnak - z.m. photo

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