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From the end of April, the rainy season begins. The reddish landscapes become infinite green and this makes the temperatures improve and increases the demand for tourism.
Ethiopia is a safe country. The humility, kindness and hospitality of the Ethiopians captivates you from the first moment. If you take the time to get to know the people, leaving the merely “touristy”, you will take many people to heart.
Health care measures are scarce. For serious cases, people are evacuated to other nearby countries with better health procedures. So, if you are traveling to Ethiopia, and you are going to do it on your own, it is advisable to visit the international vaccination center in your city. Yellow Fever vaccination is mandatory. If you are going to travel to Ethiopia, it is practically indispensable to take out international travel medical insurance.
If you have few days and a large budget, the plane is a good option to cover long distances in less time. From the capital, Addis Ababa, you will be in one hour in the south. On the Ethiopian Airlines website you can find tickets at very good prices. The cheapest way is to go directly to the counter once you are in the country, although a seat is not always guaranteed.
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Ethiopia is located in East Africa, in the region known as the “horn of Africa”, bordering Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan. As can be seen, Ethiopia is landlocked.
Ethiopia is one of the three most populated countries on the African continent, with almost 110 million inhabitants. Its history dates back to the beginning of time; in its lands were found the remains of the famous australopithecus Lucy, our most popular ancestor! That is why it is often said that Ethiopia is the “cradle of humanity”. This country also has a strong identity as it was never conquered by any European power in colonial times. All this legacy has been preserved and is reflected in the different cities and monuments, as well as in the local tribes that we can visit during our stay.
The official language of Ethiopia is Amharic, a language derived from Arabic and Hebrew. English is also spoken in the main tourist localities. However, Ethiopia is a country where many ethnic groups live, and for that reason, many languages can be heard.
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Breakfast and transfer to the airport to take the flight to Bahardar. Transfer to the hotel and 4 h boat excursion on Lake Tana (1,840 m) where there are 30 islands and 38 monasteries, the oldest dating back to the 14th century. On the Zeghe Peninsula is the monastery of Ura Kidane Mehret well preserved and perhaps the most impressive of Lake Tana. The access from the pier takes us through paths surrounded by coffee plants and thick vegetation. Circular in plan and with fabulous frescoes on its walls, the monastery houses a fine collection of manuscripts and sacred objects. Later we will visit the church of Azuwa Maryam.
Breakfast and departure to Yeha at 2,200 m altitude. In the heart of the village is the Temple of Yeha, one of the most interesting and oldest in Ethiopia from the 7th century B.C. The temple is built with large limestone blocks up to 3 meters long and are perfectly aligned and joined together without a trace of mortar. It is very similar to the temples of Saba in Yemen. With the arrival of Christianity the temple was adapted to the new rite.
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Ethiopia is a different destination. An immersion in the most disparate of African countries. Origin of Humanity, gateway of Christianity in the continent and example of cultural and religious variety. Traveling to Ethiopia is also to experience the wild nature, diversity, anthropological richness and that will undoubtedly pleasantly surprise.
On the one hand, in the north of the country, we can dive into the capitals of the ancient Axumite Empire. Explore Gondar, the so-called “African Camelot”. Completed by Bahar Dar, where the Blue Nile rises and proudly displays its immense Lake Tana. As a highlight, Lalibela, a World Heritage Site, and a must-see city for its rock-hewn churches and a place of worship and pilgrimage for the Ethiopian population.
The south of Ethiopia and the great Omo Valley, is an unparalleled anthropological treasure and in it we can find some of the best known and most attractive ethnic groups in the world. Among them we can highlight: Hamer, Mursi, Nyangatom, Suri or Dassanech that, to this day, keep intact a good part of their tradition and their colorful tribal aesthetics.