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Lalibela

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Ruins · Historic Sites · Churches
Tourism in Lalibela, a small town nestled in Ethiopia's Lasta Mountains, prospers due to its fascinating cluster of rock-carved churches, dating back to the 12th century and boasting the status of a World Heritage Site. The churches remain functioning places of worship, enchanting visitors with their monolithic exteriors hewn from rosy volcanic stone. On a tour of Lalibela, you can take in its distinctly religious atmosphere, attend a religious ceremony at one of the ancient churches, or enjoy the scenic mountain views on a trek through the surrounding highlands. With our world travel planner, Ethiopia vacations can be built around trips to Lalibela and other destinations in Ethiopia.
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Lalibela offers a variety of basic and mid-range hotels, most of which allow easy access to the famed rock-carved churches, the city's main attraction. Budget accommodation remains scarce and hotel owners often cite higher prices for foreigners, although they're usually open for negotiation. Hotels, featuring mostly modern, simple rooms, offer amenities like hot water, private bathrooms, and onsite restaurants, while some additionally provide free Wi-Fi access.
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