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Machu Picchu: With or Without a Guide

Machu Picchu has been opened for visitors for many years. Since then, there have been several new regulations that focus on preserving the emblematic landmark. Since July 1st, 2017, according to the “Regulations on Sustainable Use and Tourist Visitors for the Conservation of Machu Picchu”, approved by the Culture Ministry of Peru, all visitors must enter Machu Picchu with a guide (a certified guide). That is the bottom line.

Please read the Machu Picchu Guide 2019 – December 2018 Update for very important updates on regulations regarding entering times and guides.

Certified guides guarantee that the main circuits will be followed as indicated and are responsible for the behavior of their guided crew. Also, the new regulations indicate that guides can’t enter with more than 16 people guided. This is important to mention because your experience at Machu Picchu with a guide will vary tremendously on the type and size of guide you book with. Have in consideration these two factors when deciding on which guide (or travel agency, or travel operator) you’ll book with.

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Although your Machu Picchu Guide will have to follow the circuit as indicated by the official routes, we recommend booking private or 6 people maximum sized groups. The level of interaction with your guide will determine what information to provide to you. Guides are usually very knowledgeable and, once he gets to know you better, he’ll offer more information on the topics you’re interested in. This means that the depth of the information provided will improve, making the experience more tailor-made (or customized).

We also suggest coordinating with your Machu Picchu Guide on the different circuits (or routes) available on the site, beforehand. Take the time talking about the different routes and determine the best circuit for you. Also, if you’re planning ahead, ask about the “additional” routes around Machu Picchu. There are two additional routes (with additional tickets): Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu. Talk to your guide about visiting Huayna Picchu in the morning and Machu Picchu during the afternoon.

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We hope this information will help you decide on the best Machu Picchu Guide for you. Please refer to our Machu Picchu Tour Guide 2019 to learn more about the different circuits available, about the additional routes (Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu), about the different time schedules for entering Machu Picchu, and more useful tips and information regarding your visit to Machu Picchu.

Read the complete Machu Picchu 2019 Guide here.
Read the complete Inca Trail Guide 2019 here.

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2 Days

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Express Inca Trail Tour. Day 1: Hike to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. Day 2: Machu Picchu visit and return to Cusco or Urubamba.


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7 Days

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu + Cusco + Urubamba

4 Day Inca Trail (3 Nights Camping) + Rafting + Mountain Bike + Cusco City and Urubamba nights.


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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a journey of a lifetime. Included: 3 nights camping with Chef Designed meals and extra large comfortable tents.

Peru Tourism related links

  • PromPeru – Peru Export and Tourism Promotion Board
  • MTC – Ministry of Transport and Communications (Peru)
  • Mincetur – Ministry of Tourism and Exports
  • Mincetur Tourism – Tourism Area of the Mincetur

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