If you plan to travel independently and not as part of an organized tour package, you have the option of hiring a guide at the entrance of Machu Picchu there are located the site guides who are licensed by the Ministry of Culture to offer their services to visitors who must carry their credential official of guide, most of the guides in Machu Picchu works independently so almost always would find one available.
But remember that during holidays; such as Inti Raymi (June), Independence Day of Peru (July 28), Christmas (December) and New Year are advised to book in advance both their income to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and guide service since in these seasons is greater influx of national and foreign visitors.
Guided Service in Machu Picchu has several variations regarding privacy with which the service is provided, then this difference is as follows:
The cost of guided service varies depending the amount of people in the group, the number of people may vary between 2-15 people, while the group is more larger the cost of the guide will be less per person.
If you prefer a private service or better still wish to book the service guide in advance, we are your best choice to help you find a guide according to your requirements and preferred language; It can be ordered via our email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and prices thereof.
The time guided by all the citadel of Machu Picchu is usually 2 hrs and 30 minutes, is usually paid guiding services in advance, at the end of the route it is customary to tip for thanking, as long as the service has met its expectations.