The old road to Lalibela
Ethiopia Wild Bike connects Ethiopia’s political capital, Addis Ababa, with its spiritual capital, Lalibela, through the old road that crosses Ethiopia from its centre to the north.
During the 9 stages and 600 kilometres of riding on this journey, we will cross largest plateau of Africa, from the Red Sea to the great valley of the Nile, while viewing the lowlands that surround it, from up to ten thousand feet. Ethiopa is a perfect place to discover by mountain bike.
In the classic style of the “traveler” we will camp on the banks of rivers or near small villages, and will cross canyons of immense size.
Ethiopia is located in the Horn of Africa between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator. It was a monarchy for most of its history, and the Ethiopian dynasty traces its roots back to the 2nd century BC.
Ethiopia is also one of the oldest sites of human existence known to scientists today, having yielded some of humanity’s oldest traces.
During the scramble for Africa, Ethiopia was one of only two countries that retained its independence. Ethopia is very large in size and in it you will find an incredible variety of ethnic groups – 83 languages are spoken with the official language being Amharic.
Ethiopia is a country of stone in every sense. The Amhara people who live on the plateaus are Christian, and are very strict and conservative. . Our final destination is Lalibela, the Jerusalem of Africa, its churches, carved into the mountains, have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and need to be seen
Riding here is truly a mystical experience in a surreal atmosphere – definitely stepping into the ‘unknown’. This beauty of this country and its people, considered one of the five poorest nations in the world, will leave an indelible mark in our hearts.