Visitors are led through tourist attractions by tour guides who provide information about the ecological and cultural value of the sights. They frequently serve as interpreters for visitors who do not speak the native tongue. Human tour guides are occasionally replaced by automated technology such as audio tours. Guides are frequently hired by tour operators to conduct tourist groups.
Mountain guides are individuals who work in mountaineering; they are not only there to show the route, but also to act as professional climbers with extensive knowledge of rock and snow craft, which they pass on to the amateur while ensuring the climbing party’s safety. When Alpine climbing became popular as a sport in the mid-nineteenth century, this professional class of guides formed.
In Switzerland, the Swiss Alpine Club’s central committee produces a guides’ tariff that sets the fees for guides and porters; there are three sections: Valois and Valois Alps, Bernese Overland, and Central and Eastern Switzerland.
A wilderness guide conducts hired groups through back country places that may contain land, water bodies, and high country, but not to the degree that a mountain guide’s talents are required. In the United States, wilderness guides are most historically and romantically connected with the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, where they first established the use of their abilities as a widely acknowledged and well-paid profession.
Wilderness guides are expected to have a strong grasp of survival skills (such as building shelters, lighting fires, navigating, and administering first aid) as well as knowledge of the nature and history of the area they lead.
Those looking to hunt wildlife, particularly large game species in the wild, hire hunting guides. White hunters are a word used to describe European hunting guides who work in Africa, while the term is most generally associated with the early twentieth century.
On safari, guides are mainly hired to observe and photograph wildlife, although they were also used for big-game shooting. Safari guides work for or via a guide service or are self-employed. There are no universal qualifications or licencing procedures; local norms and regulations differ. Instead, many tour guides join a professional organisation.  These are usually associated with individual countries and subject to their laws and policies. The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and the Uganda Safari Guides Association (USAGA) both play an essential role in training and educating safari guides to increase their knowledge.
Fishing guides have a long and illustrious history. Their job ranges from assisting fly fishermen in little brooks and lakes to assisting big game fishermen in deep sea. The Norwegian coast, the Swedish archipelago, the Florida coast, and various sections of Canada are all popular destinations for fishing guides. The terms “fishing charter” and “charter boat” refer to the services of a guide, who could be the captain of the vessel, a skilled hand, or an experienced sportsmen.