The Peruvian government ordered in july of 2017, that all visitors to the archaeological park of Machu Picchu do so in the company of an official tourist guide, with the intention of making their visit to the ancient Inca city more orderly and complete.
The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu was named, as many already know, one of the seven wonders of the modern world and is in addition to an archaeological complex, a natural ecological sanctuary and a particularly beautiful place.
What alternatives exist in the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu?
When you book your entrance ticket to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu you will basically have three options or alternatives to choose from:
- The first option is to make the basic tour, that is, to take the guided tour of the citadel, also known in Quechua as Llaqta. The amount of tickets offered for sale each day is 2,500. The company of an official tourist guide is mandatory throughout the tour.
- The second alternative allows you to visit the citadel (Llaqta) plus the entrance to the Huayna Picchu mountain. The number of tickets available for each day is 400 and must be booked three months in advance if you want to get one. The company of an official tour guide is optional.
- The third alternative allows you to visit the citadel (Llaqta) plus the entrance to the Machu Picchu mountain. The amount of tickets put up for sale each day to enter this mountain is 400. The company of an official tour guide is optional.
What is the guidance service in Machu Picchu?
The guided service in Machu Picchu consists of the company of an official tourist guide during the entire time in the archaeological site, the duration of this service depends on the type of circuit chosen, but on average it is approximately two hours. The cost of this service is NOT included in the ticket or entrance ticket.
These official tour guides are required to have had completed the professional career of Tourism, in addition to going through a process of accreditation and evaluation by local authorities, before being able to offer the guided service in Machu Picchu.