Depart from Addis Ababa early in the morning (around 7 AM) to make the most of your day trip to Debre Libanos.
Enjoy the scenic drive towards the monastery, which is located approximately 110 kilometers (68 miles) north of the capital.
Arrive at Debre Libanos Monastery. Take some time to admire the beautiful surroundings and the tranquil atmosphere. Then visit the Church of Debre Libanos, which dates back to the 13th century. Marvel at its unique architecture and colorful frescoes.
Have a picnic lunch or enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants around the monastery while enjoying the scenic views.
Explore the Portuguese Bridge, located nearby. It is an ancient stone bridge built during the 17th century. Take a leisurely walk across it and appreciate the stunning landscape.
Visit the Debre Libanos Monastery Museum, which houses a fascinating collection of religious artifacts, historical documents, and traditional artworks. Gain insight into the rich history and cultural significance of the monastery.
Take a short hike down to the Jemma River Gorge, where you can witness the breathtaking waterfall known as “Portuguese Falls.” Enjoy the majestic view and the sound of rushing water.
Return to the monastery and spend some quiet time in reflection or attending a prayer service, if available, to experience the spiritual ambiance of Debre Libanos.
This itinerary is just a suggestion, and you can adjust it based on your preferences and available time. It's recommended to check the opening hours and any travel advisories before you go, as well as packing essentials such as comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and water.