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Instagramming Ethiopia: What You Find May Surprise You

Wanderers-in-Residence, Dan and Audrey take you on a journey through Ethiopia – Instagram style. See what they saw and felt in this magnificent country while they were on tour with G Adventures

by Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott Posted on 24 September 2014

Ethiopia was a lesson, a journey by way of our expectations to something else. Sure, Ethiopia was different than we thought it was, different than all those news reports of famine, poverty and civil conflict when we were growing up.

But this different?

Our discovery of Ethiopia was not only enlightenment for us, but also for our community.  As our Ethiopia travel experience unfolded, we shared what we saw on Instagram. As we did, the question repeated on all channels over and over again: “Is that really Ethiopia?”

Yes, it is.

Besides turning our expectations and preconceived notions right side up, what was it about Ethiopia that struck us? It was the combination of history and culture; it was the colour, the flow, the churches, robes, and chants. It was these people, living in a way that very much connects the present with the past. Ethiopia and its way of life: they’re a package – a story – and a surprising one at that.

Did you know Ethiopia is the second oldest Christian nation in the world (330AD) and is home to an incredible set of 12th century churches literally cut from the top down underground into solid rock? Or that it features a region of red rocks reminiscent of Utah and Arizona, and dotted with 4th to 6th century cave churches carved into mountaintops?

Or that it’s the home of one of the world’s great distinct cuisines?

To give you a sense of our experience in Ethiopia, here’s an Instagram photo-essay to share a side of the country that perhaps you haven’t seen before.

Consider this a first step, an enticement. When you think of travel changing your perception, look no further than Ethiopia, a place you must visit to even begin to hope to fully understand.

Church of St. George in Lalibela.
Late afternoon descent in the Gheralta Mountains of Tigray.
On the edge of an Ethiopian sunset. Kids play in the village.
17th century one: Fasiladas' Palace in Gondar.
Children in a market
landscape of the Simien Mountains.
Ancient doorway. This one literally buried in a cave, at the 12th century Yemrehanna Kristos church in the northern Ethiopian hills.
a plate of ethiopean food
On the edge of the cliffside on the way to Daniel Korkor cave church in the Gheralta Mountains. Facing fears.

Getting There

G Adventures runs a number of departures in Ethiopia encompassing a wide range of departure dates and activities to cater to different tastes. We’re thrilled at the prospect of showing you this big blue planet of ours — check out our small group trips here.