Welcome to Lalibela Guide!
This site is developed in an effort to promote the services of a tour operations team in exploring tourism products of the most famous historical site of Lalibela and its surrounding cultural and natural heritages in northern part of Ethiopia at the horn of Africa. The team’s founding person is Mr. Masresha Misganaw Abere who has worked officially as a local tourist guide in Lalibela since 2002G.C. and works as freelance national tourist guide to tourist destinations throughout Ethiopia and has upgraded tourism professionalism by having studied in Tourist Guide field at the Tourism and Catering Training Institute in Addis Ababa and also studied French & German languages for more than four years as foreign languages.
Now we operate tours being based in Lalibela as we are located at the heart of Ethiopia at the famous historic town of Lalibela in north Ethiopia and we are fully determined and actively involved in responsible tourism activities within the country.
Lalibela is best known for its famously noted rock-hewn churches from the 12th century A.D. in which this village was formerly known by the name Roha, which was center of power for a total duration of 333 years up to the year 1268 A.D. during the period of the famous civilization of the Zagwe Dynasty. Ethiopia used Roha as the second oldest capital city in Ethiopia next to the ancient city of Aksum located further north.
These days Lalibela is becoming famous even for its natural wonders of the Abune Yoseph Massif with its famous trekking routes crossing the beautiful mountain scenery and the afro-alpine conservation area located at high altitude that reach as high as 4284 m above sea level in which Abune Yoseph Massif is the third highest peak in Ethiopia and this area is home to many endemic species of wild animals, birdlife and afro-alpine vegetation on this massif.
Lalibela is also known for its religious monthly and annual Christian festivals as Lalibela is home to many more ancient monasteries that are even hundreds of years older than the famous rock-hewn churches. We do arrangements for our guests in advising them to fit their itinerary if there will be possibilities in witnessing one of the religious festivals.
“New Jerusalem” is the nickname for Lalibela because the making of all the rock-hewn churches from the time of the 12th century Ethiopian king known as King Lalibela at this town formerly known by the name Roha is to represent Jerusalem for the pilgrims. King Lalibela’s period was period of the crusade in the struggle to capture Jerusalem in the Middle East. The ancient tradition of making pilgrimage to Jerusalem since the time of Queen of Sheba continued even through the crusades until king Lalibela envisioned and became the mastermind behind the making of all the famous Lalibela Rock-Hewn Churches and naming of some of the sacred places in Lalibela after the biblical names of shrines and places we know in the Middle East then he named the entire place as “The New Jerusalem” so the intention is to make it safe pilgrimage destination for African Christians.