Hello! We will be in Lalibela for 4 nights over Gena, arriving on January 6th and departing on January 10th.
Our general plan is this:
Jan 6 (Sat) - Visit the market
Jan 7 (Sun) - Enjoying the celebrations
Jan 8 (Mon) - Visit the churches and sites (we are hoping it will be less crowded - but are not so optimistic!)
Jan 9 (Tue) - Hike and stay at Lalibela Hudad
Does this sound like a good plan or should we skip Hudad in order to spend more time in Lalibela? Our flight leaves at 9:45 on Jan 10th so if we stay at Hudad, I understand we would need to leave around 6am to start our hike out, which is before sunrise. We would really like to stay there but are not sure that such a short time spent would be worth it.
Will the churches and sites still be completely packed the day after Gena? Or can we expect them to be a little calmer?
Also, will the Saturday market still happen even though it will be Christmas Eve?
We welcome any thoughts/suggestions! Thanks!