Hire a guide in MACHUPICCHU


MACHUPICCHU hire a guide

You can hire an official Machu Picchu tour guide on our website for any day of the year. A guided tour lasts about 2 ½ hours.

A good and experienced guide will make Only professionally qualified and authorized guides can guide at Machu Picchu. Authorized guides must have completed a university degree in tourism and must have a valid certificate of professional qualification issued by the National College of Tourism. A photo identification card issued by the National College of Tourism should always be worn by the guide. Furthermore, all guides operating at Machu Picchu must additionally be certified in first aid.

Hiring a Machupicchu tour guide with us

When you hire one of our Machu Picchu tour guides, your guide will meet you at the main entrance gate of Machu Picchu and can be identified by a photo identification card hanging around his/her neck. Additionally, we include a pre-briefing and introduction prior to the scheduled time of your tour. The pre-briefing and introduction is at your hotel in Aguas Calientes the night before at 7pm or if you are arriving the same day, our staff will try to meet you at the train station exit with a sign with your name. Please let us know your hotel or train arrival info when you make your reservation.

Cost of hiring a tour guide in Machu Picchu

Even if you do not hire one of our Machu Picchu tour guides, prices are pretty much standard amongst the guides, so don’t try to barter one off against another. The price depends on how many people are in the group, but as a general rule of thumb for a 2 ½ hour guided tour, you will pay about $25 dollars per person. Tour guides are independent contractors, so they have to pay for their own transportation to Machu Picchu and their own tickets to enter Machu Picchu so take this into consideration when hiring a guide and tipping them.

Language fluency of Machu Picchu Guides

When you hire one of our Machu Picchu tour guides, you have the option to choose what language you would like the tour guide to speak. We have tour guides that are fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian.

Hiring a Machu Picchu guide at the entrance

You can also hire a Machu Picchu guide at the entrance, however, the guides that work at the entrance are usually not the most experienced. Experienced guides work for agencies that provide them with daily and consistent work. But if you are looking for a bargain, you can also hire a guide at the entrance. There are only 4 guides at any given time at the entrance authorized to approach customers. Hundreds of guides sign up every day for a lottery and the winners for that day are allowed to be at the entrance with a maximum of 4 at a time. If you are the type of tourist that wants to give inexperienced guides a little help, then hiring them will give them experience.

Tipping your tour guide

At the end of a guided tour of Machu Picchu it is customary to tip the guide. Although you might feel obliged to tip, never forget that a tip is not mandatory and is only a reflection of how much you enjoyed the service provided. US$ 3-5 per person is acceptable.

Machu Picchu Citadel Guided Tour 2.5hr

Machu Picchu Citadel Guided Tour 2.5hr

Tour Machu Picchu with a professional guide


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Machu Picchu Citadel Guided Tour 2.5hr

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Tour Machu Picchu with a professional guide

You will have a professional Machu Picchu guide take you to the top attractions inside Machu Picchu and explain the great history and significance of the ancient temples, terraced hills and sacrificial sites. The default circuit will be circuit 2, the best circuit of Machu Picchu. The guide will also take you to the best locations to capture photographs and come face-to-face with resident llamas.

Private tour guide option

A private guide means you will receive undivided attention from your tour guide and you will be able to ask numerous questions and customize your itinerary according to your interests. Plus, your guide is more than happy to snap photographs of you and your party throughout the experience. Additionally, a private guide is available in many more languages such as Japanese, German, Italian, Portuguese, etc while group tours are only available in English or Spanish.

Shared tour guide option

A shared tour guide means you will join a group of about 10 travelers who will be guided by one of our professional guides in English or Spanish.


Shared tour guide in English or Spanish:

$25 per person Available time only 7am and 11am. You must have Circuit 2 entrance ticket for either 7am or 11am..

Private Service:

$90 English or Spanish (Up to 6 persons)

$110 French (Up to 6 persons)

$130 Italian (Up to 6 persons)

$110 Portuguese (Up to 6 persons)

$140 German (Up to 6 persons)

$160 Japanese (Up to 6 persons)

What Is Included?

  • Briefing and introduction with your tour guide prior to tour
  • 2.5hr guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Professional and licensed tour guide

What is not included?

  • Bus tickets to entrance of Machu Picchu
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu