Lalibela Tourist Traps

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    "No Bus Tomorrow"

    by lotharscheer Updated May 3, 2014
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    At the evening before i left someone knocked on my door and told me there is no bus the next day, but he has 2 seats free in his car to Bahir Dar for 550 Birr, next morning when walking to the bus terminal he passed by in his car, still claiming no bus and the bus therminal was closed (since my friend was worried we went there at 5 am), but in 6 am the bus was running (by way of Gashena to Weldia), Weldia 100Birr, Gashena 50 Birr, then to Bahir Dar 120 Birr (a bit more if you have a lot of luggage).

    Unique Suggestions: This bus is not very comfortable but price and time is fixed, a car is of course more comfortable but you get all sorts of prices (some payed even $ 400 for 2 people to Bahir Dar)
    Nice buses (Selam Bus and Skybus) you find only between Addis Abeba and Bahir Dar, Dessie, Harer. Mekele, Gondar...very often not available for the next day,

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    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture
    • Photography

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    Guides

    by lotharscheer Written May 3, 2014
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    There is no real need for a guide (if you want one, better take a official guide from the ticket office then one of the many which will aproach you in the street) for visiting the churches in Lalibela but once in a while you will be asked to show the ticket and your passport (when buying the ticket, $ 50! valid for 4 days for all the churches in Lalibela, you write your name and passport number on the ticket).

    Unique Suggestions: Always keep your passport with you.

    Fun Alternatives: In case you got someones still valid ticket don´t leave your passport in the hotel...

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    • Historical Travel
    • Photography
    • Architecture

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    THE SHOE KEEPERS

    by DAO Updated Oct 29, 2011

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    MR. SHOE KEEPER
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    It’s great. You have to take your shoes off to enter the sacred Churches. The shoe minder protects your shoes. In fact, he moves them at least once when you go through a passageway between 2 churches and come out in a different place. Then there’s the guards as well. They guard the entrances to some of the other sacred Churches. You are safe and your shoes are safe from robbers. All of these guys have picture ID’s around their neck so you know they are legitimate. They expect a tip for your protection.

    Unique Suggestions:
    Wait a minute! Of course they have ID’s. The whole area is fenced off and patrolled. Thieves can’t get anywhere even remotely near you, the churches or your shoes! Yep, this is a job created to give some guys a job. Do give them a SMALL coin or 2. No more. The cost of living is very cheap here and these guys have a never ending supply of other tourists 7 days a week.

    At the end of the tour you will go to see Bet Giorgis (the deep cross Church) that is outside the compound. Guess what? Beggars will hound you unmercifully there and there is no guard or shoe minder. They don’t like working there. They like being protected back in the compound! Watch your shoes!

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    • Family Travel
    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel

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    THE WILD ANIMAL TRICK

    by DAO Written Jan 13, 2008

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    This scam is repeated the world over. Baboons, monkeys, birds and who knows what else. Wild creatures are grabbed and/or tied up by locals, usually children. They invite you to take pictures. Then they ask for $20!

    Unique Suggestions:
    Do 1 of 2 things:
    1) Do not pay them. Tell them that they never had an agreement with you to pay money. That’s right, teach them a lesson. Explain that they should have explained any charges up front. Also you can vent your spleen about animal cruelty.
    2) Pay them pennies. And I mean pennies. If they want more ask for the coins back. Then tell them – No money for your Mr. Greedy!

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    • Family Travel
    • Historical Travel
    • Singles

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    THE NOTEBOOK SCAM

    by DAO Updated Jan 13, 2008

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    The notebook scam has been around long enough that it is in the guide books. I have only ever seen this here in Lalibela. Several boys will approach you and tell you that they play soccer (football). In fact – they need your help! They need you to sign their sponsor form and – of course – make a donation. The form usually has a picture of someone playing soccer and at least one signature from some past tourist.

    Fun Alternatives:
    DO NOT SIGN OR GIVE THEM MONEY! Give them absolutely nothing. Lalibela is the worst town in Ethiopia for child beggars. It keeps them out of school. In other towns the kids sell goods or services after school and charge reasonable prices. They learn to be honest at business. If you sign their form they use your details to show other Tourists they are legitimate. DO NOT SIGN IT! Just walk away.

    The kids performing the notebook scam are learning criminal activity and how to steal from tourists. When they get older they may just snatch your bag or worse. Teach them crime does not pay.

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    • Backpacking
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel

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    NO BANKS!

    by DAO Updated May 23, 2007

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    There are no banks in Lalibela.

    If you are travelling on the ‘historic circuit’ you will find at least 2 full service banks in the following cities:
    Bahir Dar
    Axum
    Gonder

    Unique Suggestions:
    You can exchange in some hotels, especially the Seven Olives at the top of the hill.

    Fun Alternatives:
    Carry lots of Birr (local cash) with you.

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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    Phone from the Post Office

    by SirRichard Written Sep 13, 2006

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    Post Office and Bus Station

    If you wanna make a phone call, specially abroad, the Post Office is the cheapest place to do it. If you phone from the hotels or shops they may charge you TRIPLE than in this official place. The minimum call is 3 minutes, 38B (3,8 USD) for a call to Europe.

    Unique Suggestions: The Post Office is at the bus station, you will find it by the big antenna.

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    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel

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