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We were approached by two men today in front of the Giza pyramids. One of them claimed to be a tourist guide and he'd take us to see the pyramids in a horse carriage. He never produced any tourist guide identification. Do all official tourist guides require such identification? Anyway, after a long (15 minutes?) very bumpy ride to the pyramids, he took us straight to a guy with a camel. He said 5 sentences about the pyramids and then had us pose while he took pictures. Suddenly, the guy with the camel had my son taking pictures on his camel and then each one of us. Of course, he requested a fee for his time and camel at the end.
Long story--- I feel that he was not a tourist guide but a tout/imposter who sold us his horse carriage ride and then (probably already connected with others) had the guy with the camel sucker us and then he took us inside a smaller pyramid. I know it costs money to go inside the pyramid but hmmmm, this was one of the smaller ones. Anyway, the last thing he tried to do was take us to a "papyrus museum". We said no to that (several times but stood firm with that.)

I'd like to ask:

1. Was this a tourist guide?
2. Do all tourist guides in Egypt have to have identification?
3. What are some other scams we should be on the look out for?

By the way, after we purchased our tickets and entered, someone approached us to "take a look at our tickets". How bogus and I took my husband away from that person.

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