I just returned from an amazing trip to Ethiopia.
I am an independent traveler who likes to explore sites by myself. However in Lalibella it is highly recommended to have a guide who can show you the way through the maze of rock hewn churches and who can locate the priest to open some of the churches that might be closed at the time you visit.
I was fortunate to fin a great guide based at the Jerusalem Hotel. His name is Bogale Abey. He is very knowledgeable, professional and friendly.
He is also a Deacon in the Church and knows many of the priests in the ancient churches so was able to have them show me some of their most valuable treasures.
Bogale also communicated very well before the trip and that is not always easy in a place were internet is very expensive and not accessible to everyone.
I highly recommend Bogale to anyone . His contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org and his cel phone is 0911 19 85 43 ( add country code is dialing from abroad)