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Ethiopia is truly a land of contrasts and extremes; a land of remote and wild places. Some of the highest and most stunning places on the African continent are found here, such as the jaggedly carved Simien Mountains, and some of the lowest, such as the hot but fascinating Danakil Depression, with its sulphur fumaroles and lunar-like landscape. Ethiopia is old; old beyond all imaginations. As Abyssinia, its culture and traditions date back over 3,000 years. And far earlier than that lived "Lucy" or Dinkenesh, meaning 'thou art wonderful', as she is known to the Ethiopians, whose remains were found in a corner of this country of mystery and contrasts.
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    Graham Hughes
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    5 Feb 28, 2014

    The only modern African nation to never suffer the indignity of colonisation, Ethiopia does things its own way. It stubbornly refuses to update to the Gregorian calendar, it enjoys its own unique alphabet that looks like little dancing men and it is where “3 in the morning” means three hours after sunrise. Okay, there are more famous places to go in Africa to do the safari thing, see a waterfall or climb a mountain, but if you want to discover Sub Saharan Africa’s only medieval castles (yes), drink the finest coffee in the world or meet humanity’s earliest ancestors – Ethiopia is the place to go. Who knows? You might even get one-up on Indiana Jones and find the Ark of the Covenant.

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersBackpackersHistory BuffsLocal Culture
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    Maggie Verster
    3 Oct 03, 2012

    Incredibly friendly people. I was there on business and did not have time to take in too many of the local attractions. Traffic really hectic and nerve wrecking. Loved the local markets. Silver and leather very cheap.

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    Summer Wilms
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    4 Feb 28, 2014

    It is one of the most beautiful African countries. Cities like Lalibela, Axum, and Gonder have some unique and well preserved history. If you're into wildlife, like me, your head will spin when you realize how many endemic species live in this corner of the world. On top of all that, you just can't beat the food.

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    Don Poisson
    5 Nov 07, 2013

    One of the most interesting countries in the world. From the ancient religious culture, including the amazing stone churches of Lalibela, to the unique tribal cultures of the Omo Valley in the south Ethiopia has so much to offer the adventurous traveller.

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    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    3 Feb 10, 2014

    A wonderful country that seems to be on the verge of greatness. Friendly people, excellent food, and host to a number of world-class sights, including: the rock hewn churches of Lalibela and Simien Mountain National Park.

    To me, the real highlight of Ethiopia was the people. Friendly, colorful, and engaging. Although I wouldn't put Ethiopia on my short-list of must-see places on planet Earth, it is an interesting place to visit and certainly recommended for experienced travelers who have already seen the other highlights of Africa.

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    J L
    4 Jul 03, 2012

    Certainly a place that everyone should see. In larger cities like Addis there are many 1st world places, tastes and views. I've been there many times and go back at least once a year.

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    Elijah Taylor
    3 Mar 22, 2013

    Africa is a place us American's should see, and we think we poor. It will open your eye's.

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    Bruk Jarsso
    5 Dec 24, 2012
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    Roy Cagan
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    5 Sep 05, 2012
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    Melaku Hailesselasie
    5 Jul 09, 2012

    The beautiful place you have to be

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Ethiopia is truly a land of contrasts and extremes; a land of remote and wild places. Some of the highest and most stunning places on the African continent are found here, such as the jaggedly carved Simien Mountains, and some of the lowest, such as the hot but fascinating Danakil Depression, with its sulphur fumaroles and lunar-like landscape. Ethiopia is old; old beyond all imaginations. As Abyssinia, its culture and traditions date back over 3,000 years. And far earlier than that lived "Lucy" or Dinkenesh, meaning 'thou art wonderful', as she is known to the Ethiopians, whose remains were found in a corner of this country of mystery and contrasts.
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