Many people travel to Cusco every year to go on Machu Picchu walking tours, but most don’t know exactly what to expect once they arrive. Here’s a brief summary of what you can do and see there. Now, the ruins are a fascinating place, and while it’s entirely possible to enjoy visiting them on your own, you’ll have a much grander experience by taking a tour of the site. You can organize a group tour through one of the many agencies in Cusco or Ollantaytambo, or ask your hotel to set up a tour for your party with a private guide. Here at Journey Machu Picchu we provide both group based and private tours along with professional bilingual guides.
There will also be a number of guides waiting outside the entrance to Machu Picchu and it is possible to set up a group or private tour with one of them upon your arrival to the ruins. If you do so, you will most likely have to speak to many guides to get a some kind of sense of their level of knowledge of the site and proficiency in English. You should also know that it’s quite normal to haggle with these guides for a fair price, typically around $50-$60 USD for a 2-hour tour, it can be more expensive depending on how many people are travelling with you. However, you should note that this can be a bit of a mixed bag, getting certified bilingual guides through an agency will always provide you with 100% certainty that you won’t have any problems while on your tour.
Something to note that is Machu Picchu continues to be somewhat of a mystery to historians, and quality guides will be sure to make that clear rather than selling you definitive information, but they do make some educated guesses. While on your tour of these incredible ruins you will see some of the site’s most fascinating highlights, including the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Three Windows, Temple of the Condor, the Sun Gate and the Intihuatana rock.
If you have reserved enough time in advance, many travelers plan to hike Huayna Picchu, the peak overlooking the ruins, which often appears in the backdrop of photos of Machu Picchu. It’s a bit more difficult to reach but is well worth the effort.
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