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Machu Picchu ticket and guidance service


The Peruvian government mandated in July 2017 that all visitors to the archaeological park of Machu Picchu do so in the company of an official tour 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 not only an archaeological complex, but also a natural ecological sanctuary and a particularly beautiful place.


When you reserve your entrance ticket to the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary you will have basically three options or alternatives to choose from:

  • The first alternative is to take the basic tour, that is to say, to take the guided tour of the citadel, also known by the Quechua name Llaqta. The number of tickets on 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 each day is 400 and must be booked three months in advance, if you want to get tickets available. 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 number of tickets put on sale each day for the entrance to this mountain is 400. The company of an official tour guide is optional.


The guide service in Machu Picchu consists of the company of an official tour guide throughout the time spent in the archaeological site, the duration of this guide service depends on the type of circuit chosen, but on average is approximately two hours. The cost of this service is NOT included in the entrance ticket.

The official tourist guides are required to complete a professional career in tourism, in addition to going through a process of accreditation and evaluation by the local authorities, before being able to offer guiding services in Machu Picchu.

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