This is the English version of my blog GDAMAS (Portuguese language, online since 2010). I'm still working on it. English is not my native language.
Water, water, waaater, WATER. This is a frequent thought during tourism in Egypt — except in Winter, which is high season there.
What few people know is that, on hot days (or much of the year in Egypt!), to drink water is not the sole concern. There’s a special water for men and women to spray over the skin, and it can save the tourist’s day. It’s an effect that — with a touch of drama — I call “miraculous.”
What is it?
Thermal water differs from the tap water or mineral water we drink daily.
In a regular water source, water flows towards the surface of the Earth, dissolving and absorbing minerals when it passes through underground rocks. If collected correctly, the water is pure, and usually has a neutral pH.
When talking about thermal water, we refer to a naturally hot water source. The water rising from within the Earth’s crust produces heat, and heated water can hold more dissolved solids than cold water. Therefore, hot springs have higher mineral content. Here we find all the claimed benefits. Its use for therapeutic and aesthetic purposes reaches antiquity. Even today, places rich in this water attract tourists who seek health treatments or simple relaxation.
Oh, I don’t know, Damas, I’m not yet convinced. Maybe it’s easier and cheaper to buy a small bottle of mineral water in Egypt to cool my skin on hot days, or use just tap water!
If there weren’t so many differences, do you think I’d insist on thermal water, making you spend for nothing? There’s no hidden interest here. I don’t use promotional links for this product. 😉
Because of this blog and my travel agency focused in Egypt, I recommend thermal water to many people, and all of them — men and women — thank me later. Before my suggestion, most people had never heard of this water.
Thermal water in Egypt
The heat in Egypt can be overwhelming. To make matters worse, many visits happen in wide open areas, and even in deserts. You, a visitor, are not used to the weather. So, you are more likely to be uncomfortable or ill. I call your attention particularly to children and the elderly.
In more complicated moments, when we feel bad because of very high temperature and dryness, thermal water comes as a “holy savior.” I sprinkle it into my arms, neck, face, and scalp. If you don’t mind sprinkling on the scalp (usually easier for men), the effect will be much better.
Good. But I insist, Damas: Wouldn’t it be the same if I use mineral or tap water?
No. And, frankly, I don’t know how to explain the effect that thermal water has on us. It is much more intense than any other water.
There is an immediate sensation of freshness, relief, hydration, and it lasts much longer. I pull myself together and gain energy to continue.
I cite three examples from a recent trip in Summer.
It was terribly hot the day I entered the Pyramid of Cheops again. I repeat: to enter the pyramid. Imagine the high temperature and the muffled air.
In the middle of the complex path inside the pyramid, towards the tomb, I was not feeling good. Hot weather is not for me. Winter is my friend, and for this reason some people call me Penguin.
I was in doubt about completing the visit. It was necessary to rest, leaning on a huge rock that was part of the wall. After deep breathing, I sprayed thermal water all over my face, arms, neck, scalp (from a small bottle that I was carrying in my pants pocket). In less than two minutes, I was ready to continue, feeling confident again.
That Summer, a similar problem happened when I visited the Temple of Edfu and the Temples of Abu Simbel (real feel of 55°C / 131°F). With no thermal water, I don’t think I would have finished the visits.
How to bring thermal water to Egypt
Be practical. Ideally, buy small bottles of thermal water. During the tours, you will easily carry them in your purse or pocket.
Don’t expect to buy thermal water in Egypt. Buy your thermal water before the trip.
Also, remember not to carry the bottles in your carry-on luggage. Airport security agents would confiscate them.
Keep an eye on France’s famous thermal waters. There are plenty of great brands to choose from. I particularly recommend La Roche-Posay, Vichy, Uriage, Avène.
With or without thermal water (but preferably with this water if it’s not Winter), I wish you live amazing days in the fabulous Egypt. 🇪🇬❤🤍🖤