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Valley of the Whales (Wadi Al-Hitan)

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Wadi al-Hitan is in Fayoum. The drive there itself is not that bad. But when you actually get there, you are blown away by the ruins and how well they are preserved and exhibited... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 October 2016
Aanchal K
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New York City, New York

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Wadi al-Hitan is in Fayoum. The drive there itself is not that bad. But when you actually get there, you are blown away by the ruins and how well they are preserved and exhibited at the same time.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

When you travel 35 million years back in time it's ancient, even in Egypt! Wadi al Hitan or Valley of Whales is 40km away from the highway, 4x4 track into the desert. You feel like Lawrence of Arabia with the wind swirling into your face till you stop next to these hills with strange erosion markings, almost calligraphic in appearance.... More 

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United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

Visited on a day-trip in July 2016. Situated in the Western Desert about 2 hours drive from Cairo, this is an immensely beautiful place. It offers amazing landscapes, great scenery, desert solitude and almost unbelievable fossil treasures. A UNESCO World Heritage Site - Highly recommended and NOT to be missed.

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

Who would have known there a re whale bones in the Sahara hundreds of kilometers from the sea. We hiked the 5+ km in 43C heat.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

This was the high point of my trip. In the middle of the desert is the best little outdoor and indoor museum. The jeep trip to get to it was wonderful.Beautiful We got so far out it was pristine no garbage. A beauty to the eyes

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016

If you are in love with the sky , starts and astronomy so you are at the right place , the place is very clean , people there are so friendly, they can cook and prepare a BBQ dinner for you , offering hot drinks , clean bathrooms and of course water I spent there one night to take some... More 

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Tyumen, Tyumen', Russia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

First time to visit the opened space museum. It was exciting to feel standing on the bottom of the old-world ocean and to see the black line of the shore. And one small advice for tourists - don't wear dark-colored clothes in a desert 'cause if you wear it hot weather would make you feel exhausted faster.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

Amazing place - 50 million year old whale and fish fossils and mangroves too! Nice facilities, nice people - also Fayoum is a really great place to have lunch. There are even whales with cute little foot bones from when they were transitioning from land to sea! Bring sunscreen. There is a place to use a restroom, plus food and... More 

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Azzate, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015 via mobile

Amazing walk into the past in a vast area with a surreal scenario. The best preserved open area museum I've visited with well cured and 'non-agressive' indications where you really get the impression of being the first discovering these amazing fossils. It deservs the trip of 3-4 hours from Cairo. Ideal photograph set.

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Ryde, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2015

Just fascinating. There's not much more to say other than that - you have to go there and see it for yourself.

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