Visitors to Machu Picchu in Peru will soon require mandatory tour guides to enter the Inca Citadel, with the rule being enforced from July 1, 2017.
“Most tourists have made those arrangements long in advance, but for those who have not, there are official guides available (for hire) at the entrance,” said Dr. Elías Carreño Peralta, a Peruvian Ministry of Culture official, as quoted by the Peruvian Times.
Currently, official guides cost approximately 25 soles per visitor, or just under US$8, and can be hired at the entrance to the historic site.
The guides’ first shifts will run from 06:00 to 12:00, and the second from 12:00 to 17:30. The maximum size of tourist groups will also be reduced from 20 to 16 visitors.