Ethiopia: Ethnographic route through the cradle of humanity

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Trip Duration Days - 10 Days

Ethiopia: Ethnographic route through the cradle of humanity

Price Starts from € 1650

Travel to the Omo Valley, where you will visit numerous ethnic groups with fascinating traditional cultures.
Date: 27 March 2021 - 5 April 2021

Duration: 10 days - 9 nights

Guide: Mesfin Tadesse, a driver guide with 20 years of experience exploring little-visited places in Ethiopia. Great connoisseur of Ethiopia's ethnic minorities and excellent logistician.

The price includes:
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Vehicle
- Driver
- Gasoline
- Tourist tolls, permits and fees
- Spanish-speaking guide
- Second Ethiopian guide
- Local guides in each community
- Camping equipment
- Accommodation in the indicated hotels
- Visits and excursions
- Foods
- Travel insurance

Price does not include:
- International flight
- Visa
- Drinks
- Souvenirs
- Cancellation insurance
DAY 1. SPAIN- ADDIS ABEBA
Departure from Spain on an international flight to Ethiopia. Upon arrival, we will be greeted by the guide who will accompany us to the hotel. Night at Hotel Adot Tina or similar.

DAY 2. ADDIS ABEBA-ARBA MINCH- MONTES DORZE
We will get up early to start our trip to the south of the country. As we move away from the north, we will succumb to the beauty of the rural landscape, crossing areas where teff is grown, a staple cereal in Ethiopian cuisine that is used to make injera (a national dish - a kind of fermented pancake). We will make a stop in Sodo, capital of the Wolita region and a true crossroads for visitors to this area. A few hours later we will reach Arba Minch and from there we will ascend to Dorze, a small mountain community dedicated to agriculture and crafts. We will settle on the top of the mountain, with incredible views of Lake Chamo. Overnight at Dorze Lodge. B&D (breakfast).

DAY 3. MONTES DORZE - ARBA MINCH - KEY AFFER - BANA TRIBE
Breakfast and visit of the area (landscape, market and local culture). We will descend to Arba Minch and enter Lake Chamo by boat, to see the giant crocodiles that inhabit these waters, along with hippos and pelicans. In the afternoon we will enter the mythical valley of the Omo River, first crossing the Bana territory, an ethnic group that little by little has settled in this area, where they combine sheep grazing with seasonal crops of sorghum and cotton. We will look for a town of this ethnic group and after chatting with the local chief, we will set up the tents and spend the first night in the Omo Valley. Night in tent. HB (breakfast, dinner).

DAY 4. TRIBU BANA - MAGO NATIONAL PARK - TRIBU MURSI
Breakfast and last visits and chat with our hosts. We will continue to Jinka, starting point for the Mago National Park, with an area of 2,162 km2 and where we can find up to 56 species of mammals. We will visit the best-known ethnic group in the region: the Mursi, famous for the lip plates worn by their women. It is a town dedicated mainly to herding. They also do agricultural work: growing sorghum and corn. Hunting is also an important activity for the Mursi, although it has been reduced as their territory has been declared a wildlife reserve. We will spend the night in one of its villages to know the day-to-day life of one of the most iconic tribes in Africa. Accommodation in tents. HB (dinner).

DAY 5. MAGO - JINKA - TURMI
Breakfast and route to Turmi, the capital of the Hamer ethnic group. It is a tribe of ancient customs, with its own language, religion and beliefs. The Hamer are tremendously hospitable, with unique rites among which we can highlight the Ukuli Bula or jump of the oxen, the delivery of the Boko and the Evangadi dance. It is absolutely advisable to share days with the Hamers, accompany them to fetch water or firewood, let themselves be carried away by their children and share games with them, get lost in their colorful markets and take an interest in their day to day life. Turmi is a small town characterized by being the capital of the Hamer ethnic group. The Hamer are, surely, the archetypal ethnic group of the Omo. Especially striking are the women, adorned with thick braids of ocher-colored hair that form thick bangs, leather skirts and a dozen (or more) bracelets fitted to the arms. The men, for their part, like the women, practice body scarification and wear a simpler outfit, except for the one they use for ceremonies. Accommodation in tents. HB (breakfast, dinner).

DAY 6. TURMI - OMORATE - DASSANECH TRIBE - TURMI
Breakfast. Day dedicated to delving into other Nilotic ethnic groups in the Omo Valley. Route to Omorate where we will meet the dassanech who build huts with metal sheets, USAID bags, and everything they find in the urban population of Omorate. We will travel the last stretch of the Omo River, before it dies in the mythical Lake Turkana to visit different Dassanech villages and learn about their traditional way of life. We will make sandwiches for the day. In the afternoon we will return to Turmi where we will spend the night. Accommodation in tents. HB (breakfast, dinner).

Day 7. TURMI - MONTES KONSO
We will continue our journey north, making a first morning stop at the traditional and colorful market of Dimeka. After this pleasant visit, we will go to Konso. It is a town dedicated to agriculture, with terraced crops, although they are also excellent beekeepers, whose honey is internationally appreciated. They are also excellent craftsmen who are proficient in carpentry, blacksmithing, pottery and weaving. We will share experiences in the Konso villages during the first part of the morning. The social structure of the Konso is based on belonging to one of the nine clans, gada, in which Konso society is framed. Each gada has a religious authority who receives the title of pokwalla. The rituals associated with the cult of the dead play a fundamental role in the Konso community. The most visible manifestation of ancestor worship are the Waga, wooden statues that are erected in memory of the deceased with a certain relevance in Konso society. We will visit the royal palace and stay, in tents, in the vicinity of the king's house. Accommodation in tents. B&B.

DAY 8. MONTES KONSO - SODO - AWASA
Breakfast and long drive to the highlands. Stop at Sodo for lunch and a good Ethiopian coffee. We will arrive in the afternoon at Awasa, a city located on the shores of Lake Awasa, with an altitude of 1,708 meters and a population of 125,315 inhabitants. Lively atmosphere on the main street of the city and near the lake. Interesting social contrast to the rural south where we come from. Special mention should be made of the lively fish market. Accommodation at Awassa Hotel. B&B.

DAY 9. AWASA - ADDIS ABEBA
From Awasa we will continue our way north, back to the capital. By road we will go to Addis Ababa. We will take the time to shop and stroll down Churchill Avenue, one of its commercial arteries. We will also visit the National Museum, where you can see the skeletal remains of Lucy, one of the first hominids, 3.5 million years old. Night at Hotel Adot Tina or similar.

DAY 10. ARRIVAL IN DESTINATION COUNTRY

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