Addis Ababa, the country's capital, is situated 250 miles (402 kilometers) east of Mendi.
Of course, visiting just one place will only ever furnish you with a narrow glimpse into the broader natural and cultural makeup of a region. So schedule in some time to visit Ethiopia's attractions. If you're keen to explore more of the region, you'll find Nejo, 35 miles (56 kilometers) to the northwest, and Asosa 45 miles (72 kilometers) to the southeast.
Spend a day in the fresh air and sunshine and explore Ethiopia's fascinating open-air exhibits.
One of the nicest ways to experience the unique natural environment in Ethiopia is to sign up for a mountain climbing or hiking adventure.
There is no better way to get the core of a place than trying the regional fare. Some ingredients typically found in a number of Ethiopia dishes are niter kibbeh (clarified butter and ginger) and ayibe (cottage cheese). Gored gored (raw beef) and himbasha (bread) are are two perennial favorites with vacationers and residents alike. End with popcorn, a popular dessert. The restaurants in this region almost always offer lifter tella, so order one if you enjoy quality beer. If you are after a non-alcoholic option, try the flavors of Ambo mineral water.
When it's time to say farewell to Mendi, head to the nearest major airport located in Addis Ababa, 260 miles (418 kilometers) to the east.