How to hire tour guide?
The first thing you should know is that according to the rules of Machu Picchu, the tour guide service is mandatory. However, in practice this is not done and tourists can tour the archaeological site without the company of a guide. In any case, getting to know Machu Picchu with a guide is highly recommended.
If you travel with a tour to Machu Picchu, the tour guide service is already included. If you are traveling on your own, you can choose one of these options:
1) Hire a guide with an online agency
On the internet there are dozens of tourism agencies that offer tour guide services in Machu Picchu. On the web it is possible to find guides fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German and even Japanese. This differentiates her from the guides located at the gate of Machu Picchu who, for the most part, only speak Spanish, English and Portuguese. The guides carry out their tour in private service. The average cost of the service is between 40 to 60 dollars per group.
2) Hire a guide at the door of Machu Picchu
At the entrance gate to Machu Picchu there are tour guides who offer their services. Most speak Spanish, English and Portuguese. Prices vary according to the type of service: shared or private. The first has an approximate cost of 5 dollars per tourist. The second has an average cost of 30 dollars per group. Tours of Machu Picchu take 2 to 3 hours.