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Tour Guides for Machu Picchu

Hire our A-1 Guide to explore the Citadel

Are you looking for an expert tour guide for exploring Machu Picchu, the Inca citadel? Then join our fantastic resident tour guides in Machu Picchu. We have daily departures in the morning and afternoon with schedules that make for the most economical prices — no overchargingno underdelivering — book your MilkyWay tour guide with us!

Our resident tour leaders in Aguas Calientes city are licensed, charismatic, and knowledgeable in terms of history and refreshing in terms of personality. They will make a fantastic day for you, and if you don´t like group tours, we also have private guides ready for you!

Consider that you cannot access to Machu Picchu without a tour guide; this rule was established around five years ago by the Ministry of Culture to preserve this attraction for the next generations better!

Details

  • Tour Schedules
    • Group Tour:
      • Every day at 6am – starts at Plaza Manco Capac in Aguas Calientes city
      • Every day at 11am and 2pm – it starts outside Sanctuary lodge hotel, next to the entrance to Machu Picchu Inca citadel
    • Private Tour: We kindly recommend the following schedules, otherwise request another departure time
      • Every day at 6am – it starts in your hotel in Aguas Calientes city
      • Every day at 11am and 2pm – starts outside Sanctuary lodge hotel, next to the entrance to Machu Picchu Inca citadel
      • If you wish another schedule, please let us know!

                 We do not operate on the 1st of January

  • Language
    • Group Tour:
      • Every day at 6am (Spanish, English). There are different groups based on language
      • Every day at 11am (Spanish, English). There are different groups based on language
      • Every day at 2pm in Spanish only – No English
    • Private Tour:
      • Every day (Spanish, English), separate groups based on language, if you prefer another language, let us know your preference!
  • Duration
    • About 2 hours
  • How to recognize our Official Tour Guides?
    • Once you book with us, you will be given all of the details
  • Tour Type
    • Group tour or 100% private tour, you choose your cup of tea, each tour is focused on history, and designed exclusively for adults
    • If you have kids, we recommend you to reserve a private tour
  • Transportation
    • 6am schedule is by bus and foot
    • 11am and 2pm schedules are by foot
  • Accessibility
    • Yes, however, the tour must 100% privately organized, and you must have someone to help you during the whole trip. You won´t explore the entire Inca city of Machu Picchu; instead, you will be brought to a lookout point. From this place, you can see part of this attraction. Please contact us for more details
  • Tour Ending Place
    • All guided tours to Machu Picchu finish inside Machu Picchu Inca citadel—by Holly Rock
  •  How to make reservations?
    • Please contact us via this page. We will give you a quote, and once we agree, you will receive a custom offer with the price
    • If you are browsing with a cell phone, click on the Book Now button on the Menu or Scroll down
  • Please Bring
    • Official Passport or DNI(For Peruvians) – Copies and screenshots can not be accepted
    • Warm clothes (scarf, sweaters, rain jacket, gloves)
    • Non-slip walking boots
    • Walking sticks (optional)
    • Rain poncho (no umbrellas are allowed)
    • Sun hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Suncream
    • Local currency
    • Water
    • Camera (no selfie sticks are allowed)
  • Interior Visit
    • We will visit the attraction from the interior
  • Included
    • Group Tour:
      • 100% authorized guides and an excellent narrative of history
      • Our guide will meet you in Plaza Manco Capac (not in your hotel), this will happen as long as you meet our guide at 6am (not at 11am or 2pm)
      • Tour guide briefing for your excursion, one day before you visit Machu Picchu citadel
      • **The briefing by our guide in Aguas Calientes applies if you have overnight in Aguas Calientes only. If you do the one day tour to Machu Picchu, all the info will be given in Cusco city
    • Private Tour:
      • 100% authorized guides and an excellent narrative of history
      • Our guide will meet you at your hotel, this will happen as long as you meet our guide at 6am (not at 11am or 2pm)
      • Tour guide briefing for your excursion, one day before you visit Machu Picchu citadel
      • *The briefing by our guide in Aguas Calientes applies only if you have overnight in Aguas Calientes, if you do One Day tour to Machu Picchu all info will be given in Cusco city
  • Not Included
    • A round trip bus ride from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
      • Non-Peruvians pay 24 USD – round trip
      • Locals pay 15 USD – round trip
      • Kids over 5 years old pay for a ticket
      • *Buy the tickets in advance in Cusco city
      • *For more info read Bus Tickets from Aguas Calientes to Mapi
    • Entrance tickets for Machu Picchu
      • Non-Peruvians pay 65 USD approx.
      • Locals pay 35 USD approx.
      • Kids and teenagers between 8 and 17 years old pay 39 USD approx.
      • *Buy the tickets in advance in Cusco city, the tickets don´t run out but the schedule for visiting Machu Picchu usually runs out, especially those scheduled in the mornings
      • For more info check at Tickets for Machu Picchu
    • Tour guide drop-off back to your hotel
    • Meal
    • Tips
  • Frequently Asked Questions?
    • I use a wheelchair; can I take this tour?
    • Will my kids love this tour?
    • Find all answers FAQs here
  • WhatsApp Numbers

Price

  • Group Tour:
    • 12 USD per person
  • Private Tour:
    • 30 USD per person based on 2 people
    • 25 USD per person based on 3 people
    • 20 USD per person based on 4 people
    • 18 USD per person based on 5 people
    • 15 USD per person based on 6 people

Price for Kids:

    • Children under 4 years old go on the tour for free
    • Kids older than 5 and teenagers pay a regular rate
    • Don´t get confused between the tour-price and the entrance ticket prices for the attractions. The cost of the entrance tickets for the attractions is bought and paid for by you. The fee for this tour does not include the cost of tickets for the attractions

Discounts:

    • If you travel alone, with your family or in a group of 3 or more people, let us know, we have great discounts

How about Huayna Picchu:

    • If you wish a guided to Huayna Picchu, we only provide one in private tours
    • If you wish to explore Huana Picchu on your own, please follow below recommendations:
      • There are 2 schedules for Huayna Picchu: 7am  and 10am
      • Please buy your ticket for Huayna Picchu for 10am so that you can tour with us in Machu Picchu in the morning starting at 6am. Your guided tour of Machu Picchu will be done by 9am, from 9am to 10am you can stroll on your own in Machu Picchu, at 10am make your way on your own to Huayna Picchu mountain, it is as simple as that!

Meeting Point

    • Group Tour:
      • For the 6am schedule, the meeting point is at Plaza Manco Capac in Aguas Calientes city.  We will take the bus to Machu Picchu Inca citadel, which is a 30min ride.
      • For the 11am and 2pm schedule | Meet us outside Sanctuary Lodge hotel, next to the entrance of Machu Picchu Inca citadel. Be at the bus station in Aguas Calientes city one hour and 30 minutes before the meet-up time, especially in the high season.
    • Private Tour:
      • For the 6am schedule, we include tour guide pick-up from your hotel in Aguas Calientes city. We will take the bus to Machu Picchu Inca citadel, which is a 30min ride.
      • For the 11am and 2pm schedule | Meet us outside Sanctuary Lodge hotel, next to the entrance of Machu Picchu Inca citadel. Be at the bus station in Aguas Calientes city one hour and 30 minutes before the meet-up time, especially in the high season.
For 6am schedule(group tour), meet us at Plaza Manco Capac

For 11am & 2pm(group tour & private tour), meet us outside Sanctuary lodge hotel

 

This is the Plaza Manco Capac in Aguas Calientes city

Itinerary

The route below may change because of strikes, weather issues and festivities; However, we will do our best to follow the itinerary

  1. Group Tour: Guided tour of Machu Picchu | max 20 People
    • Please meet us at Plaza Manco Capac at 6am
    • Meet us outside the Sanctuary lodge hotel at 11am and 2pm
    • Once we have all our tour attendees, we will go inside the Inca citadel and visit
    • What will you see in Machu Picchu?
      • Main Plaza
      • Temple of the Sun
      • Temple of the Three Windows
      • Temple of the Dead or Temple of Mother Earth(Pachamama)
      • Royal Residence (Inca Palace)
      • Temple of Condor
      • Intihuatana
      • Water Fountains
      • Quarry
      • Aqueducts
      • Andean terraces
      • Agricultural zone
      • Holly Rock
    • We will end the tour inside the Machu Picchu citadel. The rest of the time, you can still stroll around on your own or climb Huayna Picchu mountain. It would be best if you bought a ticket way in advance or you may not be able to get one
    • Our guide will also give you all the instructions about how to get back on foot or by bus to Aguas Calientes City
  2. Private Tour: Guided tour of Machu Picchu | 100% PrivateTour, maximum of 16 people
    • Pick-up at 6 am in your hotel in Aguas Calientes City
    • Meet us outside the Sanctuary lodge hotel at 11am and 2pm
    • You will visit all the attractions mentioned on the group tour, it is the same itinerary!
    • We will end the tour inside the Machu Picchu citadel.
    • Our guide will also give you all the instructions about how to get back on foot or by bus to Aguas Calientes City
    • *Note: In a private tour you can have more control on your time, it will be a tailored tour for you and your friends without strangers!
    • *Schedule: If you wish to visit Machu Picchu at any schedule that is not mentioned above, please let us know!

Cancellations

You can cancel the tour up to 48 hours in advance. Otherwise, a fee of 50% of the cost of the tour will apply

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