Ethiopia is an incredibly diverse nation with infinite tourist attractions and stunningly hospitable people. This wealth gives it great potential for cultural and educational tourism, photo safaris, bird watching, water sports including river rafting, desert and mountain trekking as well as ecotourism. Home to » Lucy », the oldest stone tools, the first fossils of modern humans and many other discoveries are enough reasons why even internationally renowned archeologists argue that Ethiopia deserves the title « Cradle of Humankind ». As a travel destination, Ethiopia is different in many ways from its African counterparts. The paintings and crafts found in ancient churches and monasteries are especially unique, and are characterized by the North African and Middle Eastern traditional influences coupled with ancient Christian culture. The 11 rock-cut churches of Lalibela are an important world heritage and just one part of the Afro-Mediterranean civilization that can only be experienced in Ethiopia. All together Ethiopia is the proud owner of 9 remarkable cultural and natural monuments registered by the UNESCO as world heritage sites.