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)

This option covers the entry to the four main archeological sites around Cusco:
  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Qenqo
  • Puca Pucara
  • Tambomachay
This option costs 70 soles/$21 for tourists or 40 soles/$12 for Peruvian nationals.
 
The ticket is only valid for the day of purchase. Thankfully, one day is more than enough time to take in these four sites, which can be reached comfortably on foot (Sacsayhuaman / Quenco) or within 20 minutes by car (Puma Pucara / Tambomachay).

2. Partial Ticket (Circuit 2)

Thesecond option will provide you with entry to the following selection of museums:
  • 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)

The third option covers four of the most important archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley:
  • Pisac
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Chinchero
  • Moray 

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

As you’ve probably guessed, the main ticket covers all 16 of the sites which are included in the three partial ticket options, above. The full ticket option is valid for a whopping 10 days. It’s a paper ticket, so make sure you don’t lose it!
 
The full ticket costs 130 soles/$40, although there are the following discounts for university students, kids aged 10-17 years, Peruvian adults (all 70 soles/$21) and Peruvian children / students (40 soles/$21).

~ 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.

📍: Tourist Galleries, Avenida Sol No. 103

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… 

By CHRIS BURCHILL

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