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  • Church in Lalibela

Why is Ethiopia considered a top bucket list destination?

Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa It is a land of contrasts and extremes, and a land of remote and wild places. Originally called Abyssisina, it’s culture and traditions date back over 3,000 years, and is home to 9 UNESCO world heritage sites.The fossils of the oldest living being, known as “Lucy” were discovered in the northern section of Ethiopia and are said to be 3.5 million years old.

What are the top bucket list activities on an Ethiopia vacation?

History lovers shiouldn't miss the 800-year old monolithic rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. For wildlife, check out Simien National Park and the Bale Mountains, home to the Ethiopian wolf, the gelada baboon, and the Walia ibex, all animals endemic to Ethiopia. Omo Valley is home to a plethora of tribes totally excluded from modern life, each exuding their own cultures and customs. The Danakil Depression is the hottest place on earth.  Nicknamed “Gateway to Hell”, (average temperatures reach 113 degrees Fahrenheit or 45 degrees Celsius).


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