Wonchi Crater Lake and Mountain is found 155 km (96 miles) from Addis, hidden in a 3,386meters (11,100 feet) high volcano. The crater is truly enchanting and you can visit the large lake, hot mineral springs, waterfalls and beautiful valleys and farmlands. There is also an old monastery with a church situated on one of the lake islands. You will also find moorland and other associated vegetation and wildlife. To get to the lake, you can either walk or ride on a horse back, hired at the village on the rim of the crater. Once you’re there, wooden canoes can take you to the ancient monastery in the island and to the mineral hot water springs.

This is the southernmost rock-hewn Church in Ethiopia. It is believed to have been built during the reign of Emperor Lalibela (12th Century). The church was abandoned during the 16th Century during the invasion of Ahmed Grang. It was accidentally rediscovered during the reign of Emperor Menelik II. The church is located in the village of Adadi, about 68 km (42 miles) southwest of Addis Ababa.

Sodere is a resort in central Ethiopia, located 120 km (75 miles) southeast of Addis Ababa. Sodere lies alongside the Awash River with numerous shady vegetation. You can find several Vervet monkey’s in the resort ground. Crocodiles are less frequent, but hippos may be seen in the nearby Awash River. The hot springs in the resort are known for their therapeutic effects. An Olympic size swimming pool is also present, which is popular among weekenders from Addis Ababa.

Debre Zeit Crater contains more than seven lakes. One is up on the Ziquala Mountain but most are sunken below ground level such as Bishoftu, Hora, Abaquadi, and the Green Lake. All the lakes support a wide variety of bird flocks.

Lying northwest of Addis Ababa, this monastery is an important figure in Ethiopia’s history. The founder, Saint Tekele Haymanot, convinced the Kings of the Zagwe Dynasty of Lalibela to abdicate and return the throne to the Solomonic line, and was heavily involved in spreading the Orthodox faith south of Ethiopia. Abune Tekle-Haimanot (1260 A.D) was later canonized for all his deeds. According to myth, he meditated and prayed in the cave located in the monastery for 29 years. This cave is now visited by numerous religious pilgrims. The cave also contains a spring, whose water is considered to be holy. The monastery’s chief abbot is said to be the second most powerful official in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, after the Patriarch.

The Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia is a branch of the East African Rift that runs through Ethiopia in a southwest direction from the Afar Triple Junction. It is seen to be a part of the “Great Rift Valley” that runs from Mozambique to Syria. The Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia is a host to many prolific animal and plant species. It also contains fascinating geological features. In pre-historic times, humans and animals lived alongside the shores of the rift’s rivers and lakes, making it a favorite destination for paleontologists worldwide. They have already made many enthralling findings such as the 3.5 million-year-old Lucy or Dinqnesh, “the most complete and best preserved skeleton of any human ancestor yet discovered.”

Lying on the southern bank of the Awash River near the town of Melka Awash, Melka Kunture is regarded to be one of the most important Stone Age archaeological sites of Ethiopia. Thousands of tools in the form of hand axes and cleavers which are close to 1.5 million years old are found here. Some of these are also displayed at the National Museum in Addis Ababa.

The Blue Nile Gorge is the most stunning gorge in Ethiopia – beating the formidable competition of other wild canyons such as Tekkeze, Omo, Wabe Shebelle and Beshlo Rivers, just to mention the a few. True to its legendary reputation, Abbay (the father of rivers) provides the most dramatic and extensive gorge in all of Africa. Even though the river meanders around for 1,000 km (621 miles) within Ethiopia, there are only two places, besides the source in Bahr Dar, where it is accessible by road. The first is on Gojam road and the second is further downstream on the Bure - Nekemt road. Here, you can visit the gorge which is 11⁄2 km (0.9 miles) wide and 1,000 m (3,000 ft.) deep. It is hot at the bottom, with temperature rising up to 39°C (102° F).

Tiya is UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the Soddo region of Ethiopia. It is known for its archaeological site with cave paintings, rock art, stone engravings and monuments. The sites contains 36 monuments, including 32 carved stele that rise up to 2 meters (6.5 feet) high and are covered with symbols, most of which are difficult to decipher. These steles are said to the remains of an ancient Ethiopian community, whose age has not yet been precisely determined.

Among the many interesting geographical features of the Great Rift Valley are Ethiopia’s lake regions. This region is made up of seven lakes which are rich in natural resources and bird life. Lake Langano is the one which is best developed for tourism. It is well known for swimming, boating, water skiing, fishing and other recreational activities. Lake Shala and Abijata are very close by, with only 3km (1.86 miles) of strip land separating the two. Shala is the southern lake and is enclosed in a 266m (872 feet) crater, while Abijata is a large shallow brackish lack, no more than 14m (45 feet) deep. Shala is mostly inaccessible, except for its eastern shores with steaming warm springs, which are hot enough for instant cooking.

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Welcome to Ethiopia- an ancient wonderland with rich cultural traditions, architectural remains, natural beauty and enormously hospitable people. Ethiopia has a history of over 3,000 years, which has been preserved in a remarkable manner. Only in Ethiopia will you find yourself dramatically transported back in time through the participation in sacred rituals of an archaic faith. The rock-hew churches of Lalibela and the obelisks of Axum are known worldwide for their architectural beauty and mesmerizing history, giving you a glimpse of one of the greatest empire in history

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