Lalibela is renowned for its cluster of rock-hewn churches, one of the world’s greatest religious historical sites and Ethiopia’s top attraction. The churches are mostly cut from solid rock and have the appearance of being underground – their dark interiors have little natural or artificial light. The most famous church is Bete Giorgis, carved in the form of a Greek cross; it is exceptionally well preserved and visually the most perfect of them all.
On Lalibela tours you’ll explore these distant churches, finding a resident priest in each, and he’s usually happy to put on richly embroidered vestments and pose for a photo with his crosses, ancient bibles and sunglasses – due to constant camera flashes! Although the churches are remote, they are not short of worshippers: most Ethiopians, certainly of the older generation, are devout Orthodox Christians, and the services in the churches on religious festivals are of marathon length – 16 hours for one service is not unusual…
Lalibela Adventure Holidays
13 DaysfromUSD 4,179
Guided Group (Excl. Flights)
Journey along Ethiopia's magnificent northern circuit
Overall, it was an interesting and very enjoyable experience. Our guide, Yitbarek, was very well organized, knowledgeable, and his love for his country and people shone through. Scenery was spectacular. Hotels, food, and wine ranged in quality, but I went knowing Ethiopia’s infrastructures were poor as were many of the roads. Timket was amazing.
Ethiopia is not like any other African country. It is Orthodox Christian by choice not conversion and had no colonial period. It’s modern economic development is astonishing with people being lifted out of poverty before your eyes. It is still strange and erratic at times – they turn off the internet from time to time – but the scenery is astonishing and the people generally welcoming and pleased to meet you, even if the children have all figured out that tourists mean rich pickings.
I didn’t know much about Ethiopia. We suddenly make plan to visit Ethiopia and in this trip we come to about its culture and history. This trip is quite nice, sometime such sudden plans give you lot of happiness and fun.