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Do I need a guide for visiting Machu Picchu?

Do I need a guide for visiting Machu Picchu?

Due to necessary restrictions imposed by the Peruvian Government since 2001, it is mandatory that all trekkers complete the Inca Trail in the company of a registered guide. Permits are released in January every year, and only 500 are available per day; including permits for porters, chefs, and guides. Before considering if you should travel with a tour group or on your own, you should keep in mind that locals know these alternative routes like the backs of their hands, and first-timers can easily get lost in the Andes. 

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Inca Trail
The Lares Trek
The Salkantay Trek
The Choquequirao Trek
The Vilcabamba Trek
The Huchuy Qosqo Trek
The Ausangate Trek
The Quarry Trail

Machu Picchu routes

 

  1. Inca Trail. Distance: 45 km, average duration: 4-5 days
  2. The Lares Trek. Distance: 33-45 km, average duration: 4 days
  3. The Salkantay Trek. Distance: 55 km, average duration: 5 days
  4. The Choquequirao Trek. Distance: 65 km, average duration: 8-10 days
  5. The Vilcabamba Trek. Distance: 62 km, average duration: 5 days
  6. The Huchuy Qosqo Trek. Distance: 20 km, average duration: 3 days
  7. The Quarry Trail. Distance: 26 km, average duration: 4 days
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