Tour name: The nearest world heritage site and rock hewn church from the capital
Tour Description: Day trip to Tiya, Adadi Mariam and Melka Kunture
Duration: Full day
Tour Code: AT003
Mode of Transportation: By car
Tiya is one of the nine UNESCO world heritage sites in Ethiopia. Drive 90 km on the asphalt road from the capital, and only 500m from the main road; Tiya stelae field consists about 40 stelae which stand between one and two meters high. Recent excavations revealed that the stones mark mass graves of both males and females who died between the ages of 18 and 30 and were laid to rest in a foetal position. On your return to Addis Ababa detour to Adadi Mariam Rock hewn church; the only southerly rock church related with Lalibela rock hewn church in Ethiopia which dates back to 12th and Melka Kunture Archeological Site. it is best known for the numerous stone-Age artifacts as well as the site has proved to be an important source of fossils of extinct mammal species, including hippo, giraffe, Gelada and wildebeest, the last long absent from Ethiopia.