Ethiopia Coffee route

Ethiopia and coffee are closely associated, as the energizing drink is part of Ethiopians’ cultural identity, history and legacy. The south of the country is rightly proud of its coffee plantations, which continue to enjoy renown and importance on the world market. Coffee, therefore, will be the focal point of this route through Ethiopia. Ethiopia: a different kind of destination, the most varied of Africa’s countries, the cradle of humanity, the gateway for Christianity on the continent, and a showcase of religious variety, nature, and anthropological wealth. On this route we will combine a visit to the Sidama region’s town of Yirga Alem, a highly emblematic coffee growing area, with the experience of spending time with ethnic groups from the south and coming to appreciate their rich cultures.We’ll start with the Dorze, followed by the Hamer, Konso, Arbore, Nyangatom and Dassanech peoples. A different look at the country, which we will round out with a visit to local markets and ceremonies of great cultural value.

Duración:

15 días

Viaje:

Privado

Desde:

2490 €

Salidas y Precios

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Precio de viajar en privado

PVP por persona:

desde 2490 €

Precios calculados en base a 4 pax para cualquier temporada del año.

Route trip

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DÍA 1

International flight to Addis Ababa

International flight to Addis Ababa. Arrival in the capital at night and transfer to the hotel.Overnight stay at Azzeman Hotel.

DÍA 2

Addis Ababa

A day dedicated to exploring Addis Ababa. Little known to most travelers, who often just pass by it, Addis Ababa is a fascinating world waiting to be discovered. The Ethiopian city, at an elevation of 2,400 meters, is one of the highest capitals in the world.With a growing population, and geographically located in the center of the country, Addis Ababa (“New Flower”, in Amharic, as its founders dubbed it), is a pleasant city full of many surprises. The day is dedicated to touring the city, whose most emblematic landmarks include the Piazza district and the ever-bustling Mesquel Square.Visit the Entoto Mountains, where Menelik II settled before founding the city. From them, at some points ascending up to 3,000 meters, we can appreciate the capital’s full dimensions. Next we will discover the secrets of Lucy, one of the most important paleontological discoveries of all time, at the National Museum; and, if we have enough time, we will visit an Orthodox Christian church.We will then return to our hotel to rest.Overnight stay at Azzeman Hotel. AB (Accommodations and Breakfast)

DÍA 3

Addis Ababa – Arba Minch (Domestic flight) – Dorze – Arba Minch

We’ll take a domestic flight from Addis Ababa to Arba Minch. Next, we’ll head to the Dorze villages, where we will climb a trail up to enjoy incredible views over Nechisar National Park. We’ll visit the Dorze people, whose unique homes (made of bamboo reeds) feature domes up to six meters high, this being their signature construction. Inside they are quite spacious, and there is almost always a fire going, both to cook and to heat the dwelling. The Dorze are also known for their colorful tunics bearing geometric designs, which they make and export all over the country, so it is easy to see them working to produce these fabrics on traditional looms, or spinning cotton thread on their doorsteps.Resembling that of the Pygmies and Khoisans, they produce a polyphonic music called edho, usually sung during the Epiphany, or at initiation ceremonies.If we’re there on the right day, we can also enjoy  some of the quaint, traditional markets in the Dorze area.At the end of the day we will wind up this very complete day with the striking spectacle of typical Dorze dances around a fire.We’ll then head back to Arba Minch for the night.Accommodations at the Haile Resort Hotel. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 4

Arba Minch – Nech Sar National Park – Jinka

First thing in the morning, we’ll board a boat and set out on Lake Chamo, in the heart of Nechisar National Park. On a peculiar safari, we will take in both the extensive fauna and the activity of the Gamo fishermen, who continue to employ ancestral methods. Here, we will see hippos, crocodiles (some of the largest in Africa) and a whole range of different waterfowl.Once this experience is over, we will continue on towards Jinka, entering the valley of the Omo River and crossing, firstly, the territory of the Banna, an ethnic group that has gradually settled in this area and that combine shepherding with the seasonal cultivation of sorghum and cotton.We will then arrive in Jinka, considered the administrative capital of the Omo Valley, where we will enjoy the opportunity to visit the Jinka Museum; in fact, a research center on the tribes of the South Omo, strategically located on a hill boasting great views of the city. The anthropological museum is a great way to learn more about the various ethnic groups inhabiting the area.Overnight stay at the Eco Omo Lodge. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 5

Jinka – Hana Mursi – Mago National Park – Jinka

Jinka is our starting point to travel to the Mago National Park and the Hana Mursi (AKA Bodi) villages.In the villages of the Hana Mursi, we will visit this fascinating ethnic group, which each year holds a competition to determine who is the fattest Hana Mursi man.Next we’ll head for the villages of the well-known Mursi ethnic group, famous for their women’s lip dishes, a tradition still endures.Many women make an incision in their lower lip during adolescence that, little by little, they enlarge by placing a disc in it, as this is believed to enhance their beauty. These are a people mainly dedicated to herding, but they also cultivate sorghum and corn. Hunting is also an important activity for the Mursi, though it has been reduced somewhat by their territory having been declared a wildlife reserve.We’ll then return to Jinka, where we’ll spend the night.Overnight stay at the Eco Omo Lodge. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 6

Jinka – Turmi

We will leave Jinka to have lunch in Key Afar, which will give us the perfect opportunity to experience one of the most colorful markets in the Omo Valley (provided it is Thursday). Next, we will continue to Turmi, capital of the Hamer ethnic group, a tribe of ancestral customs, with its own language, religion and beliefs. The Hamer are an extremely hospitable people, with unique rites including bull jumping (ukuli bula), fathers’ bestowal of boko sticks on their sons, and the Evangadi dance.Turmi is a small town that stands out as the capital of the Hamer people. The town not only serves as a base for visits to the different villages of this tribe, but is an excellent starting point to reach Omorate and discover ethnic groups like the Dassanach and the Karo.The Hamer are probably the most archetypal ethnic group in the Omo region. Especially striking are their women, who wear thick, ochre-colored braids forming thick bangs, fur skirts, and numerous bracelets worn tight on their arms and legs.The men, for their part, practice body scarification, as do the women, and wear simpler attire, except that which they don for ceremonies.

DÍA 7

Turmi – Omorate – Turmi

We’ll get up early and head further south, towards Omorate, for an extensive visit to a Dassanach village on the banks of the Omo River.This  is a people dedicated to the cultivation of sorghum and corn. Also herders, they produce seasonal crops coinciding with the flooding of the Omo River and the swelling of its banks. This ethnic group features a patriarchal society, where authority rests with a group of male elders called Ara.One of the Dassanach’s most surprising characteristics are the males’ hairstyles, which denote their rising ages and places in their social system. They range from a complete shave, to “helmet”  styles for children, to sophisticated styles incorporating the use of soil, indicating adulthood and social recognition.On this day we will also visit different villages of the Hamer people. Accompanied by native guides, we will explore some of their most interesting villages.Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 8

Turmi – Kangate – Turmi

In the morning we’ll go to Kangate, where we’ll be able to visit the paleontological excavations of Shkora, a site featuring the remains of a range of different creatures, from elephants to Homo sapiens. On the same visit we can include the Nyangatom and Kuyogu ethnic groups. In the area we’ll be able to spot animals like buffalo and gazelles. The Nyangatom have a clan-based social structure and, in addition to their family lineages, tend to refer to people as a lion, ostrich or buffalo, depending on their age and stage of development. This ethnic group depends on livestock herding, its young people travelling long distances to care for their animals.We will return to Turmi in the afternoon, with the possibility of attending a traditional ceremony (activity not included).Overnight stay at Paradise Lodge. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 9

Turmi – Arbore – Konso

We will leave behind Turmi and, along the route towards Konso, come across several seasonal rivers, which are normally dry. One of them will lead us to the great swampy area of Chew Bahir. In this great wetland grow the reeds with which the Arbore people build their houses. We will visit some of the villages of this ethnic group, and share some leisure time with their leaders in order to learn about their traditions and culture.We will continue on towards Konso, where we will visit one of the villages, labyrinthine constructions that are veritable citadels protecting them from their neighboring ethnic groups. Located atop basaltic hills, they constitute  spectacular overlooks perched above the terraced fields surrounding them below. The Konso continue to embrace animism, despite having been influenced by Christianity for decades.Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge. FB (Full Board)

DÍA 10

Konso

A day dedicated to visiting the Konso villages and their cultural landscape, which was placed on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011.The Konso people’s social structure is based on belonging to one of nine clans, called gada, each of which has a religious authority receiving the title of pokwalla. Rituals associated with the deceased play a fundamental role in the Konso community, the most visible manifestation being the veneration of their ancestors through waga, wooden statues that are erected in memory of those of some importance in Konso society.Overnight stay at Kanta Lodge. FB (Full Board)

Essential information of the country

Mejor época para viajar a Etiopía

Etiopía puede visitarse en cualquier época del año. Con variedad de zonas climáticas, en el norte (altiplano) hay una temperatura primaveral durante todo el año. De junio a octubre, época de lluvias, la temperatura suele ser un poco más baja. En las zonas del sur suele ser más cálido, encontrándose en el Danakil las temperaturas más altas del planeta. La mejor época para visitar el norte de Etiopía es todo el año excepto junio, julio y agosto por ser época de lluvias. Para visitar el sur, la mejor época es de octubre a marzo, ya que la temporada de lluvias es un poco más extensa en esta zona.

Sanidad – Vacunas

No hay vacunas obligatorias para la entrada en Etiopía, pero sí algunas recomendaciones, como por ejemplo, la del paludismo, recomendada para viajes en zonas por debajo de los 200m. Rift Valley aconseja asesorarse por los centros internacionales de vacunación antes de iniciar el viaje.

Visados

Para la obtención del visado es necesario tener el pasaporte con páginas suficientes para el sello y con validez mínima de 6 meses desde la salida del país. El visado se puede obtener online en https://www.evisa.gov.et/#/apply/start y puede tardar desde unas horas a varios días. También puede gestionarse a la llegada al aeropuerto de destino.

Moneda

El birr es la divisa oficial de Etiopía. Es conveniente cambiar euros o dólares a la llegada al aeropuerto ya que no en todos los lugares es aceptado el uso de la tarjeta de crédito.

Incluye

  • Guía de habla hispana.
  • Guías locales.
  • Vehículos con conductores y gasolina.
  • Alquiler de barcas.
  • Habitación doble en régimen de pensión completa.
  • Entradas a parques nacionales.
  • Visitas descritas en el itinerario.

No incluye

  • Visado.
  • Vuelos internacionales y domésticos.
  • Tasas aéreas.
  • PCR requeridas.
  • Bebidas alcohólicas.
  • Propinas.
  • Cualquier servicio no indicado específicamente en el apartado de servicios Incluidos tendrá consideración de NO incluido.

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    Eleni Domazinaki
    Eleni Domazinaki
    22. Enero, 2024.
    Traveled with Rift Valley Expeditions in the South of Ethiopia . Mehari was an excellent guide and driver . Made the trip unforgettable and unique.He was very organised and was making sure we enjoyed every second of the trip. Would definitely recommend him and for sure will travel with them again!
    Sitges Travel
    Sitges Travel
    14. Enero, 2024.
    Gracias Rift Valley por hacer de nuestro viaje a Benín una espectacular experiencia con los 5 sentidos. Ya hacía tiempo que queríamos viajar con vosotros a título personal, y ahora que ya lo hemos hecho, sin duda os recomendaremos a todos nuestros clientes aventureros. ¡¡Ya estamos deseando volver a África para descubrir con vosotros otro destino!! Queremos agradecer especialmente a nuestro guía en Benín, Oumar Farouk, eres una joyita de persona, ¡no cambies nunca!, y a Rafa Martín por todo lo que aprendemos y nos enamora más el continente africano cada vez que hablamos contigo ;)
    Natalia Valencia Pineda
    Natalia Valencia Pineda
    3. Diciembre, 2023.
    Estoy en estos momentos regresando de un viaje en Kenia y simplemente espectacular. Recomiendo la agencia y sobre todo a sus guias. Siempre dispuestos a todo!
    Teresa Pubill
    Teresa Pubill
    8. Octubre, 2023.
    Al Setembre vaig fer una safari a Tanzania amb Rift Valley. L’ organització ha estat fantàstica des del primer moment que vam contactar amb ells. El guia un gran professional, ens va resoldre tots els dubtes que teniem i ens va fer disfrutar molt del safari. Els hotels, recomanats per l’ agència van set extraordinaris. Realment son molt professionals i fan que sigui un viatge inobidable. Segur que tornaré a viatjar amb ells i els recomano a tothom que vulgui viatjar a Africa
    Ana Olivar
    Ana Olivar
    14. Septiembre, 2023.
    Viatges diferents i culturals
    Kira Josende Camacho
    Kira Josende Camacho
    14. Septiembre, 2023.
    ¡Experiencia increíble en Kenia! Muchas gracias por toda la organización! Repetiremos seguro! :)
    Nerea Tabernero
    Nerea Tabernero
    2. Septiembre, 2023.
    Nuestro viaje a Etiopía no podría haber salido mejor. Recorrimos el sur del país durante semana y media acompañados por Salomon y Mente, los mejores guía y conductor posibles. Tanto los alojamientos como la coordinación de horarios y visitas han sido perfectos, incluso cuando ha habido algún imprevisto.
    Jorge Pam
    Jorge Pam
    1. Septiembre, 2023.
    Tras viajar con ellos por Etiopía, recomiendo sin dudarlo a Rift Valley para viajar por África. Tienen multitud de experiencia, contactos y saber hacer. Gracias en especial a nuestro guía Salomon y nuestro conductor Mente. 😃

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