Ethiopia's excellent network of national parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other tourist attractions can be explored along several well-established routes. A varied selection of exciting destinations awaits the visitor to Ethiopia. National parks include the scenic Simien and Bale Mountains, with their wealth of endemic wildlife, while historical sites range from the atmospheric rock-hewn churches of Lalibela to the towering stelae of Aksum and castles in Gondar. Other highlights are the awe-inspiring Erta Ale Volcano, the cultural mosaic of Konso and South Omo, and bird-rich lakes strung along the Rift Valley floor. An array of five well-established routes can be followed to explore Ethiopia's best known destinations, along with some more off-the-beaten-track gems.