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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          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
            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            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
            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            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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            ItemSizeAverage Cost
            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
              DishAverage CostRestaurant Availability
              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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