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Don’t worry at all!, here at Magic Experiences, we’ll walk you through the pros and cons of booking a private service versus a group service one during your excursion in Peru.

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Private Service 

Private Service 

In the case of private service, one is the master of their time, without limitations, and can basically decide what to do and what not to do. The private tour will guarantee you total freedom in terms of stops, times, and even in terms of your guidance. Flexibility for you, here we explain a little about the pros and cons.


  • Freedom of choice.
  • Privacy on the tour.
  • Flexibility.
  • Comfort in terms of guidance.
  • Customized routes.
  • Enjoy your friends on an unforgettable trip.
  • Tour in your own language!


  • High prices.
  • You won't meet more people.
  • Less cultural immersion.

Group service

Group service

This option is characterized mainly by the opportunity for travelers to enjoy tours at a lower price but sharing large groups at each destination. Whether we speak English or Spanish, it won't matter since tours and explanations are provided in both languages in these groups. However, if we are travelers with reduced budgets and eager to meet new people, this tour is for us. Here are the pros and cons of a shared tour:


  • You meet new people and make friendships.
  • Economical tours.
  • It can provide greater security.
  • You find pre-established packages.
  • Guaranteed fun.
  • You always have a photographer for you.


  • You cannot manage your time.
  • Established pickup and visit locations.
  • Large and bilingual groups.
  • No possibility of customizing the visit.
  • Slight risk of conflicts between passengers.

 In summary, the key points of private and shared tours:

Start time of private service vs. group service

Group tours generally have a set time that may or may not suit you. For example, if you got an economy flight at 3 p.m. to Cusco and the group tour of the City Tour starts at 1 p.m., you'll have a wasted day or simply a day you can use to acclimatize. In contrast, private tours can accommodate your needs and schedules. Your guide will be available for you, and your wishes will come true. However, not everything that glitters is gold, as remember that not all archaeological sites in Cusco or Peru are open 24 hours a day, so if you delay the start of your tour, you may have fewer hours to visit.

Both tours have established visiting hours, meaning 6 or 7 hours in which the guide will be available to you. Plan your time well.

Pickup location for passengers on shared vs. private tours

This is a point that deserves to be explained. Generally, on group tours, a joint meeting point is established with the passengers to meet the guide and start your tour. For example, in Cusco, group tours usually start from the Plaza de Armas, so if you don't stay nearby, you'll have to start your day a little earlier. In the case of private tours, the tour usually starts from the passenger's hotel, providing a more personalized service and greater comfort for the passenger.

Can I make additional stops on shared tours?

It's possible, but not guaranteed. There is a possibility that guides and the group in general may be somewhat more flexible and agree to your or your companions' requests. However, the schedule will always be followed since some travelers may have other plans after the tour that they must fulfill. In contrast, on a private tour, you can manage your time and stop as many times as you want. So decide if you want a private or group service.

Space and Comfort

private or group service? In terms of shared tours, each passenger will have a delimited time and space within the tours and especially within the vehicle, meaning if one took the front seat in the morning, they cannot change later. In contrast, on a private tour, whether you decide to sit in the front or back, you can change at any time.

Private or Group service at Machu Picchu

We know that the dream of many travelers is to visit the world wonder, Machu Picchu. Thousands of travelers gather daily to admire the beauty of this archaeological site, the cradle of the Incas, which enchants with its architectural beauty. However, many tourists have a hard time because they do not pay attention to the type of service they request. Here we summarize a bit the pros and cons of a group and private tour at Machu Picchu:

Machu Picchu tours
Private Service Customize your time for visit
Enjoy time with your guide for better explanations
Take the best pictures
Enjoy the archeological site at your own peace
Flexibility for your schedules
Group Service Possibility to know new people
Enjoy time with friends
Have the opportunity to learn from the questions of your partners


However… If you are hiring a Private Service you have to know:

Train to Machu Picchu

Regarding this service, Peru Rail and Inca Rail, these two are companies in charge of the trains and all the services are groupal versions, so that means that you will share the transportation at this point even if you pay for a private service.

Bus up to Machu Picchu

Just like the train, this is a public transportation and the only one authorized in Machu Picchu. Here, you will travel with other travelers from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

Peru, a country full of destinations:

Peru is internationally renowned for being one of the most diverse countries in terms of tourism, with 24 departments where flora, fauna, and landscapes captivate more than one traveler. From the coast to the mountains and the jungle, this country is a cradle of cultures, customs, and places that are more than happy to welcome you.

Some of the most visited destinations in the country are:


An Incan city, the cradle of the Inca Empire and proud owner of the world wonder Machu Picchu. Here you can enjoy:

  • Exploring the Historic Center: Walk through the beautiful cobbled streets of downtown Cusco and explore its squares, churches, and ancient buildings. Don't miss the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral of Cusco, Sapantiana, or Calle 7 Borreguitos.
  • Visiting Local Markets: Immerse yourself in the daily life of Cusco and visit markets like the San Pedro Market, where you can find fresh fruits, handicrafts, and typical food.
  • Climbing to Cristo Blanco: Enjoy panoramic views of the city by climbing to the Cristo Blanco viewpoint, which is on a hill near Sacsayhuamán.
  • Exploring the Neighborhoods of San Blas and San Pedro: Explore the picturesque neighborhoods of San Blas and San Pedro, known for their narrow streets, craft shops, and artist workshops.
  • Taking a Gastronomic Tour: Explore Cusco's cuisine by visiting local restaurants and trying typical dishes such as guinea pig, stuffed rocoto peppers, and quinoa soup.
  • Visiting Museums: Learn about the history and culture of Cusco by visiting museums such as the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (MAP) and the Inca Museum.
  • Enjoying Nightlife: Go out at night and enjoy bars, clubs, and venues with live music.
  • Walking through the Stone of the 12 Angles Street: Explore the streets of the 12 corners, a picturesque spot in the historic center of Cusco.
  • Relaxing in Parks and Squares: Rest near the Plaza Regocijo, where you can enjoy tranquility and watch people.

Machu Picchu:

  • Relax in the botanical gardens of Machu Picchu and enjoy tranquility and nature.
  • Walk through the city's little bridges and hang a padlock with your name.
  • Enjoy a delicious Pisco Sour on the boardwalk of Aguas Calientes.
  • Visit the butterfly house and marvel at the beautiful colors of the butterflies.
  • Walk to the Mándor waterfalls.
  • Relax in the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes.

Sacred Valley:

  • Enjoy a delicious typical meal in Urubamba.
  • Visit the Sacred Valley brewery and try the different options of craft beers.
  • If you are more adventurous, you can opt for adventure tourism: quad biking, paragliding, etc.
  • Visit the local markets of Chinchero and Urubamba and try some local delicacies such as purple corn and purple corn drink.
  • Have a picnic by the Urubamba River and enjoy the views of the valley and the surrounding mountains.

After learning a little more about the most representative places in Peru, and everything we can explore during our visit, we may already be wondering: Is a private or shared tour better?

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