Explore the 8th Wonder of the World.

lalibela rock hewn churches

Lalibela (ላሊበላ) is history and mystery frozen in stone, its soul alive with the rites and awe of Christianity at its most ancient and unbending. No matter what you’ve heard about Lalibela, no matter how many pictures you’ve seen of its breathtaking rock-hewn churches, nothing can prepare you for the reality of seeing it for yourself. It’s not only a World Heritage site, but truly a world wonder. Spending a night vigil here during one of the big religious festivals, when white-robed pilgrims in their hundreds crowd the courtyards of the churches, is to witness Christianity in its most raw and powerful form.

Extraordinary Experiences in Lalibela

Rock-Hewn Churches

Discover the eleven medieval monolithic churches were carved out of rock. Their building is attributed to King Lalibela who set out to construct in the 12th century a 'New Jerusalem', after Muslim conquests halted Christian pilgrimages to the holy Land.

Day Trips Churches & Monasteries

Many fascinating churches and monasteries lie in the stunning countryside within a day’s striking distance of Lalibela. They vary greatly in style, design and age and offer a different experience from the churches in town.

Festivals and Events

The most exciting time to visit is during a major festival, when thousands of pilgrims crowd in. Timkat and Leddet are the biggest, but Lalibela draws masses for all the major ones. Outside these periods, try to attend at least one church’s monthly saint day.


Trekking through the villages and valleys surrounding Lalibela is a wonderful experience that mixes astounding scenery, historical riches and a fascinating insight into the life of Ethiopian highlanders. You’ll likely meet gelada monkeys and there’s a small chance of Ethiopian wolves in the highest reaches.

3 Days Lalibela Eco Trekking
Sunset wine tasting
What provides a better scene for Ethiopian wine tasting than the stunning sunset views of Lalibela? Hike up to the top of the mountain and be rewarded with a tasting of Ethiopia's finest wines. Enjoy a memorable moment as the sun hits the horizon.

Explore Ethiopia

Ethiopia is like nowhere else on the planet, a beautiful country blessed with a peerless history, fabulous wildlife and some of Africa’s most soulful peoples.

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