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.
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.
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 $25 dollars per person. Tour guides are independent contractors, so they have to pay for their own transportation to Machu Picchu and their own tickets to enter Machu Picchu so take this into consideration when hiring a guide and tipping them.
When you hire one of our Machu Picchu tour guides, you have the option to choose what language you would like the tour guide to speak. We have tour guides that are fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian.
You can also hire a Machu Picchu guide at the entrance, however, the guides that work at the entrance are usually not the most experienced. Experienced guides work for agencies that provide them with daily and consistent work. But if you are looking for a bargain, you can also hire a guide at the entrance. There are only 4 guides at any given time at the entrance authorized to approach customers. Hundreds of guides sign up every day for a lottery and the winners for that day are allowed to be at the entrance with a maximum of 4 at a time. If you are the type of tourist that wants to give inexperienced guides a little help, then hiring them will give them experience.
At the end of a guided tour of Machu Picchu it is customary to tip the guide. Although you might feel obliged to tip, never forget that a tip is not mandatory and is only a reflection of how much you enjoyed the service provided. US$ 3-5 per person is acceptable.
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 guide will also take you to the best locations to capture photographs and come face-to-face with resident llamas.
Shared tour guide in English or Spanish:
$25 per person
$90 English or Spanish (Up to 6 persons)
$110 French (Up to 6 persons)
$110 Italian (Up to 6 persons)
$110 Portuguese (Up to 6 persons)