1-Day Guide Service to Machu Picchu
Beginning July 1, 2017, new regulations state that all visitors to Machu Picchu must be accompanied by a licensed guide on their first time in Machu Picchu. To re-enter without a guide, you need to know the name of your guide who conducted the tour.
Medidas Complementarias Reglamento LLaqta MachuPicchu (Regulations translated from original government document in Spanish)
"Visitors must enter the Inka city accompanied by a tour guide, as per Art. 17.1, who will have to accompany the tourists during the entire tour from the beginning to the end on any of the 3 circuits fulfilling a minimum of 3 hours and the terms of Art. 18 of the regulation, being organized in advance to avoid any disorder in the town."
Each ticket allows up to 2 entries per shift. If you choose to re-enter or buy new tickets for another shift or the next day, you do not have to be with a guide, but you need to show the name of the guide who conducted the guided tour.
"Visitors, who entered the inka city accompanied by a tour guide, the next day, can enter without a tour guide, showing the ticket of the previous day and indicating the name of the tour guide that accompanied them."
The regulations go on to state that:
- Visitors with tickets to hike to Huayna Picchu are not required to have guides during the hike and are allowed up to 6 hours in the park (including the time it takes to complete the roundtrip hike)
- Visitors with tickets to hike to Machu Picchu Mountain are not required to have guides during the hike and are allowed up to 7 hours in the park (including the time it takes to complete the roundtrip hike)
Finding Guide Service at Machu Picchu:
- There are local guides standing at the main entry for immediate hire. English skills can vary. Guided tours take 3 hours depending on the circuit you choose and your pace.
- During the guided tour, re-entry is not allowed except for "unforseeable circumstances." (given that the only restrooms are located at the main entry, we are hoping that
the need to use the restroom qualifies as an unavoidable and reasonable circumstance to exit and re-enter.)
- In the case that there are no guides available, visitors are still permitted to enter. (although new rules state that all visitors must be accompanied by a licensed guide, there are not enough guides available)
Average cost to hire guide at the main entry: (guides will determine their own rates and these are subject to change without notice)
- $60 USD - 1 or 2 people
- $25 USD pp for 3-5 people
- $15 USD pp for group of 10 (maximum group up to 20 people)
Hire in advance a professional, licensed, English-speaking Adios guide for your visit to Machu Picchu. Here's what you need to know:
- For 1-day service, the guide will meet you at the train station or your hotel in Aguas Calientes. (afternoon entry only. There's not enough time to travel from Cusco on the same day as the morning entry)
- Service is subject to availability and is best arranged in advance
- Cost covers guide wages, and travel expenses to and from Cusco
- Guide services that require overnight in Machu Picchu can be arranged for extra cost
- Guide service beginning from Cusco can be arranged on request
- Other guide services including Cusco Walking City Tour / Cusco Historical Outskirts Tour / Sacred Valley Tour, can be arranged on request
Cost for Adios guide per group in USD: $211 (up to 5 people)
Please provide the following information to make a reservation in advance:
- Date of service required
- Name of hotel or train arrival information
- Name of group leader, age of each person and number of people in the group
- Contact Adios US Office to make full payment. All major credit cards accepted.