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The White Desert in Egypt, Part II
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The White Desert in Egypt, Part II

The White Desert is a strange place with landforms that are hard to comprehend and a social dynamic that's decidedly rural. Check with the Egyptian government before traveling there. Local tour agencies took a big hit when eight Mexican tourists were shot (or bombed...it depends on who you talk to) by the Egyptian military on their way to the White Desert. Now, there's a lot of competition for tourists and ...
The White Desert in Egypt
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The White Desert in Egypt

The White Desert was a challenging destination to travel to. It felt scary and it was scary. Eight Mexican tourists had been killed there only months before our trip and the details of their death were still "speculative". But we survived the trip, so no regrets. The White Desert is a spectacular and otherworldly destination. There's a very "rural" flavor to the experience though...where Cairo's city-rules ...
The Crystal Mountain in Egypt
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The Crystal Mountain in Egypt

The Crystal Mountain is located between the White Desert and the Black Desert in Egypt. This video shows the quartz crystals that are scattered everywhere on the mountain.We did a day-trip into the White Desert in the winter of 2016. We found out later that a trip like ours was technically "illegal" though the tour company reassured us that it wasn't. Some Mexican tourists were killed on a tour like ...
The White Desert, Egypt: Photo Gallery
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The White Desert, Egypt: Photo Gallery

The White Desert, Black Desert, and the Crystal Mountain can all be accessed on the same day-trip from Cairo (it's a long day, but it can be done). We didn't feel safe spending the night in the desert when we visited Cairo in 2016 so we left early in the morning and arrived back to the city well after dark.Related Posts:The Crystal Mountain in Egypt (video)The White Desert in Egypt ...
Places to Visit in Egypt: The White Desert Part II
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Places to Visit in Egypt: The White Desert Part II

We visited the White Desert in January 2016. The landscape was striking, and unlike anything we'd ever seen before. Our guides told us that the area had once been completely underwater, and that people often find seashells (we managed to find some). But, despite the amazing landscape, the trip was edgy and stressful. We'd left from Cairo at 5am that morning, and wouldn't get back until 10pm that night. On ...
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