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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, 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 ...
Things to Do in Egypt: Visit the Crystal Mountain in the White Desert
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Things to Do in Egypt: Visit the Crystal Mountain in the White Desert

We visited the Crystal Mountain in January 2016 on our second trip to Egypt. The Crystal Mountain is located between the White Desert and the Black Desert (the remains of an old mountain range) in the Egyptian desert. The mountain is actually more of a hill, and is covered in barite and calcite crystals. While we explored the mountain, our guides laid out a rug, drank tea, and had some snacks.Related ...
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 ...
Places to Visit in Egypt: The White Desert
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Places to Visit in Egypt: The White Desert

In January 2016 on our second trip to Egypt, we had to look more closely to find unique things to do that we could day-trip from Cairo. Although very cool, our trip into the White Desert felt dangerous (probably because the Egyptian government didn't allow trips out into the White Desert in the first place). The information we found online regarding the trip was ambiguous, and the tour guides assured us ...
Adventures Beyond the Comfort Zone — By Jennifer Shipp
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Adventures Beyond the Comfort Zone — By Jennifer Shipp

I have a love/hate relationship with tourist destinations. Everywhere could be a tourist destination if it were properly marketed. Most tourist destinations are places you go to, stare at for a few moments, and then leave behind without revelation. It’s helpful for our family to have a destination since we live out our human existence on a big sphere, but the destinations are never the most memorable or ...
Gray Areas in the Orange Zone: Egypt’s Western Desert — By Jennifer Shipp
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Gray Areas in the Orange Zone: Egypt’s Western Desert — By Jennifer Shipp

This trip has been hard. All of us agree. It’s nothing specific but everything in general. Lydi and I have classes three days of the week. Last week she made friends with some girls at the park, which means that this coming week will be busier yet. And tomorrow we’re going into the Western Desert on a trip that’s probably going to be visually stimulating but otherwise fairly low-key. But subconsciously, I’m ...
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