- Archaeological Site
- Unesco World Heritage
- Off the beaten track
Whale Valley (Wadi Al-Hitan),, an open-air paleontological museum, was impressive. Imagine a desert area where huge fossilised cetacean skeletons have been in place for 40 million years!
According to experts, these skeletons will be archaeocetes - ancestors of modern-day whales. Whale Valley is a unique site you can explore on a trip to Egypt, and which has enabled scientists to better understand the evolution of land and sea mammals, as well as the ecological conditions at the time.
In order to discover archaeocetes remains, it couldn't be simpler. Follow the clearly marked hiking trails in Whale Valley. The importance of this site explains why it's UNESCO status and part of an area protected by the Egyptian authorities, Wadi Al-Rayan.