Ethiopia, a country located in the “horn of Africa.” Ethiopia is the largest and most populated country in the Horn of Africa, It is a large, ecologically diverse country with a rapidly growing population of 112 million as of 2020. Its culture dates back centuries and there are so many interesting things to see while visiting. Ethiopia borders Eritrea to the north and Djibouti to the northeast, Somalia to the east, Kenya to the south and South Sudan and Sudan to the west

The landscape in Ethiopia consists of rugged mountains, flat-topped plateaus, deep gorges and river valleys. Ethiopia has nine major rivers and 19 lakes. The Blue Nile, the chief headstream of the Nile, rises in Lake Tana in northwest Ethiopia. The climate in Ethiopia’s climate is moderate, except in the lowlands of the Danakil Desert and the Ogaden, which are hot all the year due to the exposure of sun during the day. 

You can visit many different landmarks in Ethiopia such as, the blue nile falls- a large waterfall It is known as Tis Abay in Amharic (ethiopean language), meaning “great smoke”. It is situated on the upper course of the river nile and you are able to also visit the sacred church of St. George which can also be referred to as Bete Giyorgis in Amharic, it is one of the 11 rock hewn monolith churches, it was carved from volcanic tuff dating back to the 12th century. 

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Ethiopia is roughly twice as large as the state of Texas!- In Ethiopia the climate sometimes differs depending on the altitude, the lowlands have tropical savanna or desert climate while the higher mountain plateau experiences a more temperate climate.

Omo Valley- is home to several indigenous groups where traditions are upheld. The Omo River basin is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites due to fossil and tool finds that date more than 2.4 million years. The cultures and traditions of these indigenous groups are fascinating.

Simien Mountain National Park- This national park in northern Ethiopia offers breathtaking views of the highland landscape. The mountain peaks up to 3,600 m/ 11,800 ft are quite a contrast to the much lower escarpment as there are steep cliffs and canyon-like gorges.

Spice!- Ethiopian food often incorporates many different spices to infuse the food with an unforgettable flavor!

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