A quiet, peace-loving country, Ethiopia is referred to as the land of origins because the earliest fossils of modern humans were found here, as well as those of a hominid species that preceded us. The most famous fossil of the latter is that of a female Australopithecus Erectus, discovered in 1974, which was named ‘Lucy’. Ethiopia houses the National Museum at Addis Ababa, where a cast of Lucy is displayed along with the history of mankind. One of the displays recreates how she must have stood some 3.2 million years ago, and at 3 feet 7 inches she was tiny! The real bones are preserved in the archives of the museum.
Ethiopia, the ancient landlocked country in the Horn of Africa, offers a range of rich cultural experiences in Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar and Lalibela. The capital is also a great stopover destination before proceeding to the rest of Africa or the West.
-By Aruna Rathod