Lalibella is famous for its rock hewn churches which are touted as Ethiopia’s main attraction. From Mekele it is a two day bus trip with an overnightin Waldia which is the junction town. The road between Mekele and Waldia and paved and our bus made the trip in 4 1/2 hours. The road from Waldia to Lalibella is one of the worst in Ethipia. We were at the bus station at 5:30am and on our bus at 5;45am. Although the bus was full we waited until 7:30 to leave. The bus arrived in Lalibella at 2pm and were immediately checked into to the Alief Paradise (65/85). Dinner at the Roha Snack and Pastry has been the highlight of eating in Lalibella.
Given the tourist popularity of Lalibella room and food options seem to be limited. Although the 11 rock-hewn churches are a top Ethiopian attraction my favorites are the Tigray Churches and Monasteries which are far flung and require private transport and a bit of a trek to get to.