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Armchair Travel Lecture Highlights Beauty of Ethiopia

By John Leupold

Situated in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is an intriguing mix of ancient and modern and a land of many superlatives. Some of the highest mountains in Africa are located in Ethiopia, as well as one of the lowest places on earth.

Elevations of 400 feet below sea level, arid deserts, lush forest, surging rivers and waterfalls, diverse ethnic groups, great music, dance, and some of the best food in Africa are all located in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Tourist Board has labeled the country “The Land of Origins,” referring to Ethiopia’s distinction of being the home of man’s ancestors, the land where coffee originated, and the source of the Nile River.

Ethiopians are wonderful, friendly people, and the Rough Guide travel books have voted Ethiopia as the world’s most welcoming country. Wherever one travels, one is met with smiles. And while located in a volatile part of the world, Ethiopia is a peaceful and safe country. Its people are now imbued with new optimism due to several positive political developments in the past year.

The only African nation never to be colonized, Ethiopia offers a unique and fascinating cultural diversity with its 80 tribes. There are many dazzling sights, including its remarkable 800-year-old rock-hewn churches and its 400-year-old castles of Gonder, often referred to as Africa’s Camelot.

The nearby Simien Mountains have towering peaks, lovely hiking trails, and thousands of Gelada monkeys, the world’s only grass-eating monkey that will graze within just inches of humans, allowing for magnificent photo opportunities. Blue Nile Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls on the planet. The Danakil Depression, 400 feet below sea level, approaches the earth’s volcanic core. One sees a surreal and colorful landscape of swirling mineral-laden fumaroles and towers of salt and earth.

Southern Ethiopia is the site of the Bale Mountains, with dense forest and alpine vegetation, depending upon the elevation. It’s also home to intriguing wildlife and some delicious culinary specialties. Further south, the Omo River Valley is home to several ethnic groups, whose clothing and body decorations make them distinctly unique in appearance.

Part-time San Miguel de Allende resident John Leupold has been visiting Africa for the past 20 years and finds Ethiopia to be the most compelling and beautiful of all the nations in Africa. With his travel company, Champaca Journeys, he makes several visits per year to Ethiopia and finds it fascinating. He enjoys sharing his insights into this country.

 

Talk

“Ethiopia: Armchair Travel Lecture”

John Leupold

Tue, Apr 2, 3pm

Sala Quetzal

La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A

Free

info@champacajourneys.com

 

 

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