Cusco’s Boleto Turistico is your ticket to seeing the wonders of the Sacred Valley. This article oulines the info, options and pricing…
A guide to buying the Cusco Boleto Turistico
When I first visited South America and, in particular Peru, I was able to rock up at any given site in the Sacred Valley and pay on the door. In fact some sites, such as the Chinchero ruins, were free. These days, everything is a little more orderly and you’ll need to purchase the Boleto Turstico (Cusco tourist ticket) to visit the key sites in the Sacred Valley.
~ Ticket Options ~
There are four possible ticket options to choose from. These will allow you to enter all of the sites that I covered in my Sacred Valley Travel Guide, with the exception of the Maras Salt Mines (where you pay in cash on entry – 7 soles /$2.50).
1. Partial Ticket (Circuit 1)
- Puca Pucara
2. Partial Ticket (Circuit 2)
- Museo de Sitio de Qoricancha
- Museo de Arte Contemporaneo
- Monumento a Pachacuteq
- Museo de Arte Popular
- Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo
- Museo Historico Regional
- Parque Archaeológico de Tipon
- Parque Archaeológico de
As with Circuit 1, the price is 70 soles/$21 for tourists or 40 soles/$12 for Peruvian nationals. This iteration of the ticket is valid for 2 days.
3. Partial Ticket (Circuit 3)
Again, the ticket price is 70 soles/$21 for tourists or 40 soles/$12 for Peruvian nationals. The ticket is also valid for 2 days, which makes sense because Pisac and Ollantaytambo are at opposite ends of the Sacred Valley.
4. The Full Ticket Option
~ Which ticket should I buy? ~
If you only have the time/money for one ticket, my recommendation would be the circuit 3 ticket, given that it covers four of the most spectacular sites in the Sacred Valley. However, Sacsayhuaman is rather good, if not just for its locations, which offers spectacular vistas across Cusco.
If you are set on seeing sites which are included on more than one of the partial tickets, it makes economic sense to buy the full ticket. This will also be the most logical option fo those people who are following the fairly standard Peru timetable for first time visitors. Normally, visitors will take at least a couple of days in Cusco to acclimatise to the altitude before heading off to explore the Inca Trail and see Machu Picchu. Given that people will often return to Cusco after Machu Picchu, which is what I did, the 10 day ticket will still be valid for a little more sightseeing. If the Boleto Turistico had existed at the time of my visit, the 10 day full ticket option would have been ideal; I could have split the sites either side of the Inca Trail / Machu Picchu.
As I’ve mentioned above, if you only have a single day to spare, I’d recommend partial ticket number 3. This will allow you to see Chinchero, Moray (be sure to stop off at the Maras salt mines), Ollantaytambo and, if time permits, Pisac.
~ Where to buy the Boleto Turistico ~
There are two ticket offices located in the centre of Cusco where you can purchase the Boleto Turistico:
Main office COSITUC, which is open Monday to Friday 8 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Official Tourist Information Centre – DIRCETUR, which is open Monday to Saturday 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday 8 am to 8 pm.
📍: Mantas 109 (just off the main square – Plaza de Armas de Cusco)
If you have any questions about the Boleto Turistico which are not covered above, or about the Sacred Valley in general, hit me up below…