U.K. based travel guide publisher Rough Guides named Ethiopia as number one of the most visited country to visit in 2014. The publication cited Ethiopia’s UNESCO World heritage sites and rich cultural attractions as reasons to make Ethiopia a top destination for 2014 while other countries in the list include Madagascar, Brazil and Rwanda.

Rough Guides’ top 10 countries to visit in 2014 are:

1. Ethiopia
2. Madagaskar
3. Brazil
4. Turkey
5. Georgia
6. Rwanda
7. Japan
8. Bulgaria
9. Macedonia
10. The Philippines

This culturally rich East African nation was believed to be an enticing destination and though it remains poor, independent travel around the country is becoming easier thanks to a boom in small hotels and restaurants. You may take your pick of spell-binding attractions such as: untouched national parks, the ancient cities of Axum, Harar and Lalibela, the world’s first coffee plantations, the continent’s largest concentration of UNESCO sites and the largest cave in Africa in Sof Omar.

Background: Ethiopia is bordered by Eritrea in the north, to the west by Sudan, on the east by Djibouti and Somalia and Kenya to the south. Ethiopia comprises for the most part the vast and relatively fertile Ethiopian Highlands, from north to south intersected by the Great Rift Valley. The area of ​​Ethiopia is over 1 million sq. km. The highest mountain in Ethiopia is Ras Dashan, which is 4550m tall. The source of the Blue Nile together with the White Nile originated in the Ethiopian Highlands (in Lake Tana) and also springing in Ethiopia Tekeze River forms the Nile. Other major rivers which spring in the highlands include Awash, Baro, Omo and Wabi Shebelli. Although Ethiopia sits near the equator it has a relatively temperate climate excluding the lower areas such as the Danakildepressie and the Ogaden, which have a hot and dry climate.

Some Spots in Ethiopia:

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Church of Bet Abba Libanos

 

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St. George’s cut-rock church

 

Lake Asawa, Rift Valley
Lake Asawa, Rift Valley
Danakil depression
Danakil depression
Dallol Volcano
Dallol Volcano