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About Ethiopia

The second-oldest official Christian nation in the world, Ethiopia offers cultural and historical experiences that will dazzle travelers. The first four destinations listed below comprise the country’s “Historic North”.

LALIBELA features several 12th century rock-hewn churches carved out of pink granite. UNESCO designated Lalibela a World Heritage Site in 1996. During Timket (Ephiphany), thousands of pilgrims from across the country visit.

GONDAR is most famous for its distinct castles and cathedrals incorporating medieval European and Arabian influences.

SIMIEN MOUNTAINS contains impressive violet-covered peaks, Afro-montane flora and endemic fauna, including walia ibex, gelada, and Simien wolf.

AXUM and its vicinity possess many remnants of the ancient Aksum Kingdom as well as Coptic churches and monasteries.

OMO RIVER VALLEY Located in southern Ethiopia, the Omo River Valley is home to some of the most remote, colorful and interesting cultures in the world. Many consider this to be the top cultural experience in Africa.

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