You can fly, which gets you there early in the morning, and you actually are finished and leaving before the other tourists get there, or you can take the “caravan.”
This is what we did. We woke up at 4:00 in the morning to join all the large vanloads (maybe 50? of them) who careened and juggled for position throughout the early morning until we reached our destination. The reason the caravan was started was due to safety reasons, protecting tourists from the odd kidnapping.
However, we were a pretty obvious spectacle, I’m sure a criminal could figure out how to wreak havoc if that was his target. Strange, but oddly exciting.
Abu Simbel is made up of two temples. They are huge, with statues reaching over 20 meters high. They were commissioned by Ramses II, and he is featured prominently along with his favorite wife Nefertari (whom the 2nd temple is dedicated to). Wandering the temples and grounds is awe-inspiring. I think it is another testament to the engineering prowess of the ancient Egyptians.
Author Bio: Corinne Vail is a travel photographer, food lover, and a perpetual traveler who has been travel writing for over 14 years. For many years she lived overseas in Germany, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, and the Netherlands teaching the children of the US. military. She’s visited over 90 countries, and she’s not stopping anytime soon.