How to visit Lalibela

Most visitors combine tours of Lalibela with other destinations along Ethiopia's historic north circuit

Lalibela is easily accessible via domestic flight from Addis Ababa, and many of the cities in the north. 

A typical tour of Lalibela is 2-3 days, depending on your schedule and wider interests. Most people explore the rock-hewn churches over the course of 2 days, but they can all be visited in a day if you like to move quickly.

The highlands around Lalibela are home to even older monasteries and churches, in particular Yemrehana Krestos, Asheton Maryam, and Na'akuto La'ab. Optional hikes can be done to visit these monasteries, and you can combine hiking with vehicle transfers if you don't want to do too much walking.

Further afield in the surrounding highlands you will find the community trekking routes. Community trekking in Ethiopia got its start in Lalibela, and these hikes take you from guesthouse to guesthouse, through rural villages and across sweeping plateaus. Community trekking is typically a 2-3 night affair, in addition to the 2 nights you will spend in central Lalibela. 

Rock churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia

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  1. We'll talk about your dream Ethiopia moments, how much time you have and your budget.

  2. We'll discuss any places to go or things to do that you've already got in mind and send you a few suggestions of our own.

  3. When you've decided what you want to see and do, we'll put together the perfect itinerary that covers all the destinations you're most excited about, and moves at just the right pace. We'll select the accommodations that are right for you, and we'll make any adjustments until you're confident its the perfect itinerary for you.

  4. When you're happy with your trip and the cost, we'll get your adventure set up, make all the bookings and reservations, and provide all the pre-travel information you need. 

  5. Once your on the ground in Ethiopia, we'll be here to look after you every step of the way. 

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Church of Saint George, rock-hewn churches in Lalibela Ethiopia

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When to visit Lalibela

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Highlands around Lalibela

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Accommodation in Lalibela

View of Lalibela on the trail to Hudad Lodge.

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