From Aswan we went on a half-day tour to the famous temples at Abu Simbel in southernmost Egypt.
The temples of Abu Simbel were built during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC. The complex consists of two temples, a larger one dedicated to Ramses himself and a smaller one dedicated to his wife Queen Nefertari. Between 1964 and 1968, the temples at Abu Simbel were disassembled and reconstructed at a higher position to protect them from the rising waters of Lake Nasser (after completion of the Aswan High Dam).
Although Abu Simbel is a very isolated place in the middle of nowhere, the amount of tourists gathering here in the early morning hours can be staggering.