Lalibela

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Top Descriptions

Most who are in the know about have certainly heard of Lalibela, but not everyone that’s visited the country has been there. This isn’t just because of its very isolated location (although thanks to Ethiopian Airways it’s easy enough to get there nowadays) but more to do with the pomposity and greed of the church that currently bleeds the town. While the are indeed a wonder to behold, they are by no means comparable to the necropolis of Petra in Jordan as many locals have been sold. True, the recent steep price hike can’t really be justified, but that alone probably shouldn’t stop you from visiting – the whole of Ethiopia’s not as affordable for the intrepid traveller as it really should be. Nevertheless, there is a reason that people have been drawn here for centuries and it’s in the surrounding countryside. It is, quite simply, gorgeous, and makes for some great unguided hiking if you have the muster. Just don’t expect to return to a well-facilitated, good value or even particularly friendly town after a long day’s hike. – Daniel
 
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Top Tips

While the are certainly the main drawcard here, they’re not the only reason to come to Lalibela. The region itself is beautiful and quite pleasant for exploration.
Expect prices in Lalibela to be higher than in other parts of , especially the entrance fees to local sights.
Watch out for young local boys trying to befriend you. They seem to have made a business out of requesting money via email to tourists who have returned home.
 
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The Town

What should we know?

Name in local script:ላሊበላ
Also known as:
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Environment type:hill, mountain, pasture, rock
Location type:town, rural, village
 
Religion type:Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity

What can we see or do there?

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Animals:donkeys, goats
Birds:vultures

How much will it cost us?

Currency:Ethiopian Birr (ETB)
Average daily budget:ETB750

When should we go there, and for how long?

Average time taken:5 nights
High season:September to January
Low season:
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How can we get in contact?

Language(s):Amharic, English
Timezone:UTC+03:00
Country calling code:251

How can we get there?

Coordinates:12.03089, 39.04762
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The Directions

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The Directions

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The Directions

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What are the numbers and averages?

Number of attractions visited:6
 
Travel time to attractions:30 minutes
Travel time to next location:10 hours
 
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Altitude:2,600m

Local Availability

ItemSizeAverage Cost
Beer (multinational)500mlETB20
Beer (national)500ml
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Fizzy drink1 litre
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Fruit juice1 litre
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Gin (multinational)1 litre
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Gin (national)1 litreETB75
Milk1 litre
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Oil1 litre
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Rum (multinational)1 litre
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Rum (national)1 litre
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Vodka (multinational)1 litre
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Vodka (national)1 litre
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Water1 litreETB10
Whisky (multinational)1 litre
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Whisky (national)1 litre
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Wine1 bottleETB185
ItemSizeAverage Cost
Almonds100g
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Apples1kg
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Bananas1kgETB13
Bell pepper1kg
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Bread1 loaf
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Carrots1kg
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Chillies1kg
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Chocolate (multinational)1 bar
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Chocolate (national)1 barETB6
Coconut milk1 can
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Cucumber1kg
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Eggs1 dozen
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Garlic1kg
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Ginger1kg
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Honey1 jar
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Ice cream1 unit
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Jam1 jarETB60
Onions1kg
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Oranges1kgETB20
Pasta1kgETB40
Peanut butter1 jarETB35
Peanuts100g
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Potatoes1kg
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Raisins100gETB20
Rice1kgETB20
Sandwich1 unit
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Tomatoes1kgETB70
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Antifungal shampoo1 bottleETB100
Conditioner1 bottleETB50
Condoms1 packETB4
Deodorant1 canETB110
Floss1 pack
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Hand sanitizer1 bottle
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Laundry soap1 barETB20
Razors1 pack
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Sanitary towels1 pack
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Shampoo1 bottleETB50
Soap1 barETB20
Tampons1 box
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Toilet roll1 unit
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Toothpaste1 tubeETB35
Washing powder1 boxETB50
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Antiseptic cream1 tube
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Bandages1 packETB15
Chapstick1 unitETB50
Contact lens solution1 bottle
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Headache tablets1 packETB7
Ibuprofen1 packETB45
Mosquito repellent1 bottle
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Nail clippers1 set
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Plasters1 packETB15
Sun cream1 bottle
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Sunglasses1 pair
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Batteries4-pack
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Chilli powder100g
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Cigarettes (multinational)20-pack
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Cigarettes (national)20-pack
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Coriander100g
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Cumin100g
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Fuel1 litreETB15
Internet1 hourETB15
Lighter1 unitETB10
Matches1 packETB1
Paprika100g
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Travel multiadapter1 unit
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Travel plug1 unit
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Turmeric100g
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Stock1 pack
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Local Cuisine

DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Beyaynetu (fasting food)ETB85
Breakfast (continental)ETB50
Breakfast (cooked)ETB150
BurgerETB68
CarbonaraETB86
CerealETB55
Cutlet (beef/chicken)ETB110
Cutlet (fish)ETB78
Doro watETB100
Eggs (how you like)ETB47
Fajitas (meat)ETB115
Fajitas (vegeteble)ETB100
French friesETB46
Fruit saladETB43
Goulash (beef)ETB115
Grilled (fish)ETB115
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Injera firfirETB45
Key watETB67
KitfoETB88
LasagnaETB105
Meat ballsETB130
Pancake (simple)ETB39
Pasta (meat)ETB69
Pasta (vegetable)ETB58
Pizza (loaded)ETB150
Pizza (simple)ETB118
DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
PorridgeETB58
Ravioli (meat)ETB105
Ravioli (vegetable)ETB92
Rice (meat)ETB63
Rice (vegetable)ETB54
Roasted (chicken)ETB118
Roasted (lamb)ETB133
SaladETB56
Salad (meat)ETB71
SandwichETB69
ShiroETB45
Shiro bozenaETB58
Shiro tegaminoETB58
Soup (meat)ETB48
Soup (vegetarian)ETB54
SteakETB84
Stroganoff (meat)ETB116
TibsETB83
BeverageAverage CostRestaurant Availability
Beer (national)ETB22
CoffeeETB13
Fruit juice (fresh)ETB32
Gin (bottle)ETB190
Gin (shot)ETB40
Hot chocolateETB30
MilkETB19
Ouzo (shot)ETB17
Soft drinkETB16
TeaETB13
Vodka (bottle)ETB280
Vodka (shot)ETB40
Water (2L)ETB21
Whisky (bottle)ETB390
Whisky (shot)ETB47
Wine (bottle)ETB361
Wine (Ethiopian Honey)ETB48

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