We visited and got a guide and were VERY happy we did, otherwise the well preserved ruins would have been far less interesting...
We had to negotiate with an "association representative" to be able to get a guide for the posted price... a little odd... but the guide we got was well worth it. So much so that I am happy to recommend him. His name was Haile and you can contact him at ethio_guide at yahoo dot com
or his phone number is 0918817887
Haile's English was near perfect and there was not a question that he could not answer.
The posted price for all 3 sites for his services is 200 Birr, but I bet if you contacted him and asked him to pick you up from the hotel you would only have to pay him a touch more
We used him for not only the Castle complex, but the main Church and the Fasiladas Bath. All which are VERY much worth a visit. Haile (our guide) also organized a tuk-tuk to drive us between the sites and wait for us when we were done. This cost us 100 Birr and was well worth it.
We liked him so much that we treated him to a coffee at the end of our visit - which the tuk-tuk then took us to.
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